The ethereum (ETH) co-founder Vitalik Buterin has been having some fun on Twitter – asking his followers to share the most outlandish criticism they have ever seen of him, and asking which other coin or fiat they would like to see succeed if ETH does not attain mainstream acceptance in the future.
In a post, Buterin decided to open a can of worms, asking: “What are the craziest and most unhinged criticisms of me you’ve seen on Twitter or elsewhere?” He got the ball rolling with “a few good ones,” which mostly focused on his appearance.
One said he looked like a James Bond villain, another said he resembled an “alien crackhead,” another accused him of looking malnourished, and a fourth said he looked like a school shooter.
In the replies, one world-weary poster clearly knew what was coming next.
But others responded by claiming they had nothing but love for Buterin, calling him one of the “top computer scientists” of his generation and urging him not to “sweat any of that nonsense.” Another stated that such comments were “not criticizing,” but just “baseless insults.”
And one pensive follower replied that “engaging with this” was “not good for your mental health at all,” urging Buterin to “avoid it” and adding:
“You’re a celebrity at this point, so it’s not going to stop.”
Regardless, others decided to play along, with a range of conspiracy theories emerging, including one his own father claimed to have come across.
I can't find this now but i recall seeing that you are a secret KGB agent and Ethereum was created by Putin's decree— dima.eth (@BlockGeekDima) January 13, 2022
In 2017, “trolls” on Reddit compared him to “Nazi’s” (sic) and ISIS, and expressed their wish for him to “die.”
Among all the “craziness” and “love,” though, was a predictably large glut of tweets calling for lower ETH gas fees.
That you are scamming us out of all our crypto with the Ethereum gas costs. Save us Please Sir Vitalik $60 gas or more to buy $20 ERC20 tokens. My Childrens inheritance is going in gas fees ??????— Mark (@MarkJam82893399) January 13, 2022
Sage advice for anyone in the public limelight was also at hand.
NEVER READ THE COMMENTS VITALIK— MissMetaverse_ (@MissMetaverse_) January 13, 2022
Meanwhile, Buterin also decided to run two Twitter polls asking an intriguing hypothetical question of the ETH community. Depicting an imaginary scenario, he wrote:
“You wake up in 2035, and 80% of all transactions and savings in the world are in one currency that is not ETH. Which would you prefer it to be?”
Any attempt at a serious discussion was scuppered almost instantly by an inevitable deluge of Twitter-based dogecoin (DOGE) and shiba inu (SHIB) advocates -- unleashing an almost impenetrable maelstrom of dog-themed memes.
The results of the polls will be unveiled automatically in around 10 hours’ time.