What’s Going On?
Yoichi Hirai has resigned following a storm over his decision not to institute the EIP 867 proposal to ‘return’ lost Ether.
Why Does It Matter?
This is a major loss to the Ethereum Network.
According to data on GitHub, Hirai made 5,219 contributions in just the last year. More than the sum of all other editor contributions combined. While he said he resigned because the EIP may be in violation of a Japanese law, he had widely been criticized for blocking EIPs that propose “an irregular state change required to address a fund recovery scenario that cannot be addressed using the standard protocol” because it wasn’t “in keeping with the Ethereum philosophy”. “I was able to ignore my interpretation of ‘the Ethereum philosophy’ but I cannot ignore the penal code,” he said.
What Did He Say In The Resignation Post?
“A guardsman should not resign right after seeing something suspicious, but this is too much for me,” he said in a ‘pull request’. “Reading legislation and performing something is already beyond my capacities. I didn’t realize that the EIP editorship requires this ability. Now I suspect it does, and that’s not what I can offer. Some EIP editors look nonchalant about legal consequences of this draft, but I have warned them, and I have no capacities to do anything more than warn them. After all, they might be right about it. My blood pressure is higher since I found this draft. I don’t sleep well. My family accuses me of mental absence. I believe these are signs that my abilities are not ready for the task of the EIP editorship. I resign from the post of an EIP editor.”