MetaMask Contributor Says Its Team Is ‘Totally Overwhelmed’ And Not Being Prioritized By ConsenSys
MetaMask Contributor Says Its Team Is ‘Totally Overwhelmed’ And Not Being Prioritized By ConsenSys
December 27, 2019
MetaMask Contributor Says Its Team Is ‘Totally Overwhelmed’ And Not Being Prioritized By ConsenSys
MetaMask Contributor Says Its Team Is ‘Totally Overwhelmed’ And Not Being Prioritized By ConsenSys
December 27, 2019

A contributor of MetaMask, the major Ethereum browser extension, has reported that the MetaMask team is “totally overwhelmed” and not being prioritized by its parent company ConsenSys.

On December 25, it has been reported by Reddit that lazaridiscom3, a Reddit user, alleges that the MetaMask team is not getting the support it needs from ConsenSys, and, consequently, the whole team of 24 employees is overwhelmed.

However, the post, titled “Help MetaMask out of its Activity-Trap,” goes on to say that the MetaMask team has a number of unsolved issues and its inner workflow structure is neither transparent nor decentralized.

The post reads:

“One cannot follow development via the public issue-tracker, simply because the team uses an internal tracker and internal ‘meetings.’ This is not transparent. This is not decentralized. MetaMask is a critical value-moving piece of Ethereum. It is written in JavaScript, nearly completely untyped. The code is of low quality, full of technical debt (both, in terms of code and architecture).”

The user Lazardiscom said that he is participating in the project as a contributor by citing his Lazardiscom account on GitHub. As part of suggested solutions to existing problems, the contributor urged that the MetaMask team needs to fully migrate over TypeScript immediately.

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Likewise, Lazardiscom further suggested:

“ConsenSys needs to implement stricter evaluation of its ‘Spokes,’ a strict and binding set of rules for public projects.”

The developer also argued that ConsenSys’ software project, which referred to as Gitcoin, “needs to be far more uncontrolled, and needs to become attractive.”

In the post, Lazardiscom specifically criticized the structural issues in the MetaMask team. According to the post, MetaMask actually maintains team leads despite Joe Lubin, the founder of ConsenSys and the co-founder of Ethereum, trying to “convince everyone” that ConsenSys is a non-hierarchical company.

It has been analyzed that the post mentions Daniel Finlay, the employee of MetaMask, as one of the leads who is “totally overwhelmed.”

According to Finlay’s LinkedIn page, he currently serves as a Lead Developer on MetaMask at ConsenSys, with his primary responsibilities focused on the browser extension.

Thus, the post also mentions “super-low bounties” by noting that some of those bounties equate to less than $1 per hour, after calculating how much time the tasks take.

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