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Just over my 5-day Chinese New Year holiday last week, finally I was able to sit down and write up my another hardfork proposal with example codes, the "spoonnet": https://lists.linuxfoundation.org/pipermail/bitcoin-dev/2017-February/013543.html
Getting no response on mailing list —– that's fine: everyone participated on a volunteer basis and no one has the obligation to read what I wrote. Also many people are busy for the upcoming 0.14.0.
However I got private email from a well-known person. Instead of focusing on technical discussion, this person is more interested in “firing me”. This is part of this person's message:
The image of Core is a bunch of out-of-touch elitist developers with over-inflated egos who think they alone know what is best for Bitcoin. If you want to make progress, I think you need to fix that first.
It is probably too late, though, and it seems to me the most likely outcome is you get fired and another implementation becomes the consensus implementation. I think the second most likely outcome is Ethereum or Zcash becomes the dominant ledger.
So how could you fire me, when I never took salary nor sponsorship from any person in the Bitcoin community? I am making hardfork proposals for my personal academic interests in my spare time, and I will keep doing so, even it may never be adopted. I totally understand why people may not like my proposal, but nothing is perfect and it's all about trade-offs.
I certainly will not be threatened by such disrespectful criticism and will keep doing what I believe to be correct. And as always, I am happy to adjust if good reasons are given. I studied Bitcoin for 5 years but coding is totally new for me and I have much more to learn.
I decide to expose such rude behavior as I believe no one should be harassed this way. Not every newbie developer may withstand such undue stress from a senior. Making this public is the best way to deter such behaviour.