Hi everyone, I’m starting a new thread with the hope of getting community feedback on the issues and challenges facing Grin. Feel free to add your voice here. Keep in mind that this is not in any way just a solely ‘critique’ of Grin. Efforts must be taken to also mention what one feels is good about Grin.
To start things, The good things about Grin:
Developers must be commended for their hardwork and effort during the past 4 years. It’s almost completely unheard for a team to undertake a massive project such as this. This is a monumental task within itself and what makes this even more amazing is that the team did this with no reliance on co-operations and institutions. This cannot be overstated, must thanks a bunch to the developers for this amazing work which could disrupt an already disruptive technology advancement.
Recently, the council has begun measures to make the grin technocratic council more inclusive to the community.
Areas for improvement:
1. Security audit report:
+ Initial regular updates by Igno in April 2019
+ Lehnberg on the 7th May 2019 stating that the final report has been received and ‘Conservative estimate for the publication of the audit reports is ~ 4 weeks’.
+ Igno added a week later: ‘The more severe issues should be in 1.1.0. Then we should have about a month, perhaps 1.1.1 or so, to make sure we’re all good with respect to all those findings’.
+ Since then, 1.1.0 was released on the 6th of June, and 2.0.0 was released on the 1st of July. During the last 3 (Three) months since, not much was added. Most meetings have simply been posted with ‘no update’ and the only documented action taken was that ‘j01tz’ is tracking the issues. This has raised suspicion that the Grin council is hiding something from the community. I am not saying something sinister is happening, but this has alarm bells ringing everywhere.
Lets just hope that J01tz stays true to his comment on the 16th July 2019 ‘I expect this to wrap up in the next week or so (assuming hardfork is calm) so that we can complete the verification process. My goal by the next meeting is to have all fixes verified by coinspect and have target dates set for blog post/pr stuff’
POW & ASIC changes: On the 26th June 2019, Tromp wrote the following: ‘Let’s start with our commitment to ASIC mfg: In our original commitment we committed to not make changes to primary pow “in the foreseeable future”. I want to make that more concrete now, specifically, that we commit to not making changes that take effect in less than 18 months. This gives ASIC mfg more confidence to invest in ASIC development.’ Since then, the grin team has given out conflicting information, stating a 6 monthly hardfork for the next 18 months specifically to keep ASICs at bay. Maybe I’m missing something here, but I’d appreciate it, if a member of the community can clarify this.
What exactly are Layer1 contributing to the field, because, as far as the community is aware, they have not contributed anything. Questions about external involvement where raised on the gitter chat, but this was immediately shut down by the Grin council.
What thought has Grin given towards grin being more adopted and used. With Grin forks coming out right, left and center (MWcoin/Bitgrin/EPIC), the community is concerned that at current pace, and lack of any discussion to satisfy adoption, these copy cats might one day surpass Grin. If there is one thing for sure, these copies lack any development skills but will aggressively market their project. Should they even get one major listing, they will easily surpass Grin and use those funds to hire more developers that could render Grin insignificant in the future.
- Stay awesome
- Prior to undertaking additional tasks including the RFC, maybe focus on getting some of the issues that have been outstanding for months out of the way first
- Avoid complacency, competition is developing and make no mistake about it, they have clearly marked and are targeting Grin is an enemy. It would be foolish for Grin to remain in wonderland and dismiss these threats even now
- Aim towards increasing the community. Poloniex has offered 50% or so of their Grin transaction fees (approx 5 btc donated since Feb). Grin could take on more listings which would not only increase adoption but also potentially lead to hundreds of BTC that can be allocated towards Grin development (should exchanges contribute a percentage of their fee towards Grin development).