This artwork depicts the prevailing atmosphere following Cardano's HFC (Hard Fork Combinator) event on
September 25th, 2022. This date was significant as it marked not only a major network upgrade but also
the 5th anniversary of the Cardano blockchain. It was named in honour of the late artist Vasil Stoyanov
Dabov, who was a valued member of the Cardano community and an ambassador for the project. Dabov passed
away in December 2021 due to complications arising from a pulmonary embolism.
Adam K's tweet regarding the "Catastrophically Broken Testnet" due to the 1.35.2 bug made headlines a few weeks before the planned upgrade. Despite the bug being fixed in the next node version, the damaging phrase "catastrophically broken" had already spread and was gaining traction in the media. As a result, confidence in IOHK dwindled significantly, prompting SPOs to conduct tests on a new testnet.
2022 was packed with events like CNFTCon, RareBloom, Cardano Summit and much more. The VASIL upgrade brought numerous essential upgrades to the Cardano blockchain, such as reference inputs, inline datums, reference scripts, datums and redeemers, Plutus 2.0, and many more. These upgrades vastly improved the functionality and performance of the blockchain. However, it's unfortunate that the media was focused on on proving their bias.
The 1.35.3 node proved to be the version that successfully facilitated the upgrade, flawlessly ushering us into the new Babbage era without any further complications.
The polarization between opposing views tends to become most pronounced in the lead-up to a critical protocol upgrade. The mainstream crypto media often seek out negative news and attempt to portray it in a way that serves their interests. It was the case with VASIL HFC, where a tweet about a "catastrophically broken testnet" provided fodder for the media. Meanwhile, IOHK was making preparations to launch the upgrade.
The role of SPOs in maintaining the Cardano network is crucial, as they are responsible for testing and verifying the functionality of new node releases. When a bug was discovered in the 1.35.2 node, SPOs took measures to protect the network by calling for additional testing while engaging the entire community in the dialogue.
This demonstrated the decentralized nature of the Cardano ecosystem, as the consensus of the SPOs was necessary for the hard fork to proceed. Their diligence and commitment to ensuring a smooth upgrade process were instrumental in ensuring the network's stability and security.
Amidst the chaos on Crypto Twitter and the unfolding story about the recently discovered bugs, one of our favourite members decided to take a break and left Twitter.
As a gesture of unity and support towards one of our community's leading and active members, numerous followers changed their avatar to the one used by @Cardnano_Whale.
Cardano_Whale eventually returned to Twitter on 3rd October 2022.
Despite the media's attempts to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD), the developers of the Cardano protocol remained steadfastly focused on their goal of delivering the upgrade. In the lead-up to the hard fork, the developers were working tirelessly on a variety of tasks, including conducting final checks, responding to the requests of Stake Pool operators to spin up a new test net, and communicating with the wider community. All of these critical activities were happening in parallel, reflecting the dedication and commitment of the Cardano development team to delivering a successful upgrade.