I'm writing this post to explain what is happening to the Vcash network & project.
It started last week when john-connor decided to suspend the road-map due to lack of community support & funding. After that he shut down the forum. At this point I was still in our quiet #vcash @ freenode wondering why he stopped the forum, when the market crashed. I decided to jump in the slack, I noticed that Mazz (previous slack owner & forum moderator) was in a burnout mode regarding the recent events while getting no answers from his pm to john. About the network, all is still ok: v.cash / bootstrap nodes / peers discovery / zeroslot.com / github / twitter are still up. One day after the github.com/john-connor account is deleted, and a new vcash repo is created @ github.com/vcashcommunity. On my side I have now no more vcash repo available to use the github search engine, so I renamed my forked vcash repo to github.com/xCoreDev/vcash-legacy and created a fresh vcash with last 0.5.0 source code & I'm updating my install script.
Few times later the v.cash website is down, redirecting to http://card.vassar.edu website, peers discovery is not available (http://v.cash/p), and hard-coded bootstrap nodes too. So this situation means that new clients can't connect to the network. I thought it was the time to setup a website mirror, and new bootstrap nodes for my vcash repo, so I started to setup that w/ the vcash.info dns. During the same time JC decided to use his private alert key to broadcast alerts on the network: "Version Obsolete (Version Obsolete n)" where n is a random number. Like many I thought it was just a bad way to tell us to move on & switch to a community release, so I twitted about the spam and a future 0.5.1 Mandatory release. The idea at this point was to increment the protocol version number, revoke john's key to stop the spam, and ban older clients. This "hardfork" would require that all services & users are ok to switch, but some of them still haven't replied. Today JC reopened the v.cash website during an hour then closed it while redirecting users to https://github.com/vdotcash
So ! We decided to not make a mandatory upgrade atm, we need to reach a better consensus for that. I will release Windows daemon binaries based on my 0.5.0 branch, only few edits but it will help the network to reduce the alerts spamming (& use less bandwidth & cpu on nodes). Why not forking the chain ? I just don't want to start a Vcash / Vcash Classic chains war if JC decides to come back & release something, and if we don't know what current exchanges are thinking (pools / exchanges).
I never wanted all that, I still don't understand why this is happening, like many others. I can definitely understand why some good old contributors are leaving the project, but on my side I couldn't do nothing and abandon everyone.
I will do the same as I do since I jumped in the crypto world mid Jan'15: I will work to keep my part of the network alive, provide support in live, help the community to be stable (great ? ) again.
I'm still here to give a chance to the Vcash project because I know that there are still many users around the world (Hi! to those I met up @ irc). I learned a lot during that 2 years, drinking coffee & reading john's commits as newspaper the morning was nice times. I am not resentful therefore I still would like to thank JC for that. I would like to give special thanks to Bettertimes, WeedFreddy, MrM4D, whphhg, Mazz, kryptRichards, spiralus, soundslave, rufus, cryptolyr, ocminer, Epsylon3, Wolf0, tf2honeybadger, all others from irc, and especially to Tom !
What's next ?
Reduce the network spamming by upgrading your node to the last commit of my current 0.5.0 branch (unless JC decides to stop the broadcast spam). I will soon provide the Windows binaries of the daemon.
Deploy a new Wiki based on github w/ platform like MKDocs (to be defined).
Make new detail tutorials to explain how to build the daemon from the source on every platform / how to setup sp nodes / how to mine & run a pool, etc...
Define server access / admin / moderator privilege to build a stable team who can keep services online.
Focus on the open sourced GUI provided by kryptRichards to be able to release a stable cross-platform GUI wallet. Focus on whphhg's electron-ui to get a nice front-end for the daemon.
Gather help from volunteers & work on the non-open sourced parts of ZeroLedger.
I don't pretend to be the only one to manage this, it definitely needs more decentralization. So if you want to help build the future of Vcash, or just express yourself, jump on Slack or Freenode.
I will now make a little Q&A to spare me some pm:
Are you JC ?
Are you Mazz ?
Who are you ?
I'm French, I'm 32 and just an IT addict since I was 10 years old who likes to understand how things works.
I don't have any famous resume or background. I like to read my RSS feeds, to code/build/test/debug, to help by sharing knowledge, to meet ppl, to go to the Pub once a while, to build my debian from scratch, my Awesome Window Manager, etc...
Are you are doing this because you are afraid to finish as a bagholder ?
I only mined a bit w/ CPU in the early days, then w/ my GTX770, my FPGA, and also tips from the community (thx all, and specially bettertimes). I never "invested" my personal funds in any crypto market, only the most precious thing for me in the world, my time. It was for learning, so from my point of view I'm already happy.
Still anon, why ?
My friends know me, for the public part I prefer to stay as xCore because I would like to keep a quiet life afk (I don't need harassment).
Why <insert words here> Vcash price ?
Market part do not fall within my purview.
What have you done for Vcash ?
I started by a little script for my GNU/Linux friends, then a Ticker/Tipbot for irc, helped many users, done a looooooooooot (yes) of build/debug/test w/ the codebase (the learning period), I hosted an explorer based on Iquidius work, I managed the communication w/ services at one moment, I have worked on full nodes for Mobile, I have done the DB conversion from phpbb to Nodebb to keep the forum history, I hosted the nodebb forum, I have done the DB conversion from nodebb to xenForo (hosted by john), I'm running full nodes & monitoring to keep a healty network, I worked on electrum server&client for vcash. I'm probably missing some, but that's a good start.
I still believe that john made some fundamental improvements in the dev work that he did (UDP, ZeroTime, Incentive, ChainBlender), that's why I want to give the project a chance and keep the chain running. The internet is supposed be a place for communication, sharing knowledge, and for having some fun. I think it's time to move on and get back on-topic.
PS: please stay polite on the forum, it's definitely not an open-bashing place.