The past days have been a lot about trust and debt. Trust that wasn’t
there when it should have been and debt that never was there in the
first place.

At this moment it is futile to lament about how and why the temporary
Aspera license was to ensure Burst’s technological leadership. It
doesn’t matter that it was the PoCC who brought over a year ago GPLv3
to BRS.

It is irrelevant that collision-free multi-chain mining on PoCC pools
was and is one of the key technologies and best strategic steps the
PoCC could make for the future of mining.

It doesn’t matter anymore.

When the PoCC entered the Burst ecosystem, it happened rather
informally. We introduced ourselves in an announcement, presented our
“CG-Wallet” (based on the old NRS 1.2.x with MariaDB backend), the
explorer and just started working.

There was some hostility from a group called BurstNation at that time,
but according to “build it and they will come”, we simply developed
further until the “community” started to use “our stuff”.

The community…

We always said we owe this community nothing and some of us even said
they doubt there is such a thing as “the community”
. There is a more
or less loosely coupled bunch of (self-)interest groups, so when we
talk about community, we in fact mean “community”.

There always has been a very unhealthy expectation attitude within the
community. “You give us stuff, we gladly take it and may even utter a
cheerio or two.” There also is a severe misconception about the role
of the PoCC. We are not just developers. We are a team of highly
skilled individuals with a lot of experience.

Statements we heard in the past days and the perceived sentiment made
us re-evaluate our position and ambition within the Burst
ecosystem. While we absolutely believe we could have led Burst to the
top10, we have come to the conclusion that such an endeavor needs
undeviating coherence of core team and a determined goal-oriented community.

We also came to the conclusion, that there is not a healthy culture of
give and take between core team and community and what’s worse, that
it is unlikely to establish such.

We do not feel to have been in any sort of power, certainly nothing we would need to cling to. The past days made our decision to leave Burst easy. There will be no power struggles, fights or anything warmonger-ish we have heard in the past days. It’s all yours – good riddance!

The PoCC members agreed on this:

We are stopping further public BRS/Aspera feature development for Burst effective immediate. It is now upon the community to get Burst to the stars. The PoCC as entity remains – of course – and would like to explore other options to put its efforts to use.

We will keep up the critical infrastructure for Burst for the time being. (Explorer, Wiki, burst-coin.org, burstcoin.ist)

In any case, should we contemplate to shut down public services, we will communicate so beforehand and try to find a solution together with the Burst community. We are willing to answer any emergency or security issues, should these arise and not be solved by the community or anyone who tried to step up and walk in our shoes.

Please be aware that any inquiry demanding to be given DNS, repository control, servers, control keys or similar is currently to be answered with “No, we owe you nothing.” We are certainly prepared – and the community should be too – to transfer infrastructure at fair, cost-covering terms.

We believe we had a sound strategy and vision for Burst. The direction Burst will now take is uncertain. Honestly, we also suspect the pace at which we went will be hard to maintain for anyone else.

The PoCC members have agreed to waive the requirement to hold Burst and can freely decide what to do with their coins. Some have decided to sell and to do so in a fair manner. Their hodl accounts are being transferred to the exchanges shortly after the publication of this letter.

We decided to handle PoCC pools operation like this:

We reserve the right to explore any technology on the PoCC pools to evaluate new mining concepts. In the long term, we believe the miners on our pools will profit from our know-how and our superior technology. We consider every single pool to be a separate entity. Adding up the capacity of several pools for any 51% considerations we consider invalid from now on.

We will offer our miners novel opportunities for revenue not only on the Burst blockchain. Our miners will profit. Multi-chain mining, novel plot file formats and any other advanced technologies will be made available on the PoCC pools first and we reserve the right to make or make not these available to other pools.

Famous last words:

We would like to believe that our departure from Burst will not be accompanied with any more “bad blood” or hard feelings. We still believe that Burst is a great coin and you will never hear the term “shitcoin” from us like you did from many past actors. We depart as friends of Burst who think Burst is awesome, but who also think that PoC is eternal.

We wish the Burst community good luck and some of us may be available to give technical support or answer questions, but please always keep in mind that this is strictly on a voluntary basis.

The PoCC members

ac0v, bold, Brabantian, cgb, Gadrah, JohnnyFFM, rico666, Taliesin Tapiwa, umbrellacorp03, Zach

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11 comments

  1. I go out from reading about what’s happening for a couple months and this happens!

    What community problems happened? Why the animosity?

    I have been telling everyone about how great BURST & PoCC is and how great they will be… All the interesting technological advancements that will come up… Have been preparing for setting up a BURST mining rig, being content with the vision and then you’ve decided not to proceed as a part of it…

    This is so sad and disappointing… I loved BURST… I loved the PoCC…

    What about Dymaxion? What about further development? What about your vision?

    Leaving just because there are trolls and or there’s a little bickering with the community just shows that you were not mentally fully committed…

    Oh man… I can’t even tell how sad I feel… This should not have happened… PoCC did not owe the community but they did owe to their word and their vision… I’m sorta shattered right now…

    I still don’t have any animosity against you… But I’m really sad that you chose to do this… I admired you guys, but that won’t happen now since you gave false hopes and didn’t turn out to be the strength of the community that I thought you were…

    Hopefully, the community now shows how really strong they are and we have groups that start developing… Damn that’s a bad start for the year…

    1. The community woke up and stepped in with the Burst-Alliance (BA).
      Development is ongoing and BATs ( group of skilled full-stack-developer ) are working on BRS updates and a new front-end called Phoenix.
      The BMF ( BURST Marketing Funds ) established a community driven initative to push BURST technology and adaption – to be the number one blocchain.

  2. Dang… you guys gave up after only a year of work… Would be sad if the market picks up in a few months and burst won’t be there to share in the glory…

  3. If you owe the community nothing, then the community owes you nothing. Don’t then go and blame the community for leaving

  4. Ancient wisdom ‘You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone’.
    Sometimes to appreciate what you have, you have to go without it.

    Rather sad this instant gratification culture we live in where most people “know” it all but they can’t “do” much when it comes to creating proof there of.

    They want the BURGER or PIZZA NOW when cattle takes time to raise, wheat time to grow and harvest, in reality things take time to cultivate and need intention, energy, time and attention.

    I can’t image the countless brain storming session or late nighters or putting out fires that weren’t even created by PoCC, different team members stretching out with thoughts and ideas than having to come back to the center and agree as a team on directions and the way forward, taking the responsibility.

    Proof of Capacity, Proof of Brains, Proof of Care, Proof of a team with little community to back it or even our first fork BHD given no credit, respect or praise.
    I wish you all the best of luck and success with your new venues.

    Thank you to the whole PoCC team for selfless giving and creating, for trying to enlighten the rest in this socially primate state we are busy going through where people blame more than take responsibility, take more than they give, they consume more than they create… how is that sustainable in any regard?

    Respect and value should be a 2 way street,
    integrity is define by a single standard that is the same from and to all points of interaction and parties involved. I’m sorry you didn’t get what you gave from so many angles but sometime that is the nature of life, it is unfair like that.

    I mean if life was fair birds won’t eat worms?
    Hopefully we can all find spaces and communities to create in where we are valued just as much for the value we provide.

    Many you cover new ground and be valued and appreciated as deserved for the value you provide.

    All the best from a little crow scavenger.
    Cheers.

  5. I must preface the following with an admittance that I have a been Burst “lurker” for the past year and a half. To the PoCC: thank you for everything you have done voluntarily. I am somewhat of a big bag HODLR with less technical expertise – however, I was very inspired by the big plans laid forth by the consortium. Although you may feel a betrayal by the community, figures behind the scenes admired your work and noticed.

    Now, I must admit that I am disappointed in your sudden decision to leave. There are many questions left unanswered, primarily the rationale behind such. Your integrity and motives have been attacked, and you simply walk away with general ~regretful?~ statements of ironic undertone. Perhaps no one has a right to further explanation – but wouldn’t a moral conscious suggest otherwise?

    1. i BELIEVE in you pocc and know we can come together to further this developement with our added support. I want to express admiration of the work the pocc has done and also to inform the pocc consortium and other members working on the burst project we will be stepping up from the community to raise funds to first compensate the project members who gave so much of themselves to this project and were left feeling taken advantage of but also to use my skills to hash out new terms for developement with requirements and also compensation well documented and worked out complete with a more detailed roadmap for 2019-2020. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in supporting the development and more detailed roadmap to contribute to the fund my partner and I will each be matching 2 to 1 every burstcoin you donate to this noble effort in the month of february. upto 10,000,000 burst max, an update to follow on the first day of march…

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