Why are Ethereum Foundation chats private? Not judging; just curious as to the reason it was an issue that someone was posting screenshots. I can see keeping it private to shut out noise (trolls, spam, etc.), but I don't know why having the chat transcripts out in the world would cause a purge.
I am pretty sure people will construct conspiracy theories about how the Ethereum Foundation is not impartial, hates immutability, wants to undermine ETC. is evil because they have their own private communication channel like the best villains do, etcetera.
Yeah I have to agree. But people will cling to this anyway, in order to discredit the Ethereum Foundation. And if impartiality will later be demonstrated, they will ignore it.
Like they were insulting Gavin for having bought some DAO tokens, yet he ended up still supporting ETC in Parity and none of them apologized.
This conversation occured in an official Ethereum Foundation development chat room. Ether users fund that foundation and have a right to be disappointed some of the people that who's salaries we pay were seen to be behaving in a manner unbefitting of their role.
If you have not noticed, this whole "cryptosphere" tends to attract a bunch of hardcore conspiracy theorists and government haters.
Anything that with enough imagination __can__ remotely resemble a secret society or a lobby or an evil government __will__ be seen as a secret society or a lobby or an evil governing body, and that information will be used to market some revolutionary counter-idea.
It happened with Bitcoin, it's happening now with Ethereum, it will probably happen again to some other project.
Stupid and paranoid people are likely to come to this conclusion, and I'm sure many of them will. I still don't see why this would be relevant. Ethereum is surrounded by engineers and scientifically-minded people, not by 4channers and other weirdos.