- Ethereum developers are seeking users to help test out the network’s transition to Proof-of-Stake.
- The community will be divided into three based on the expertise of volunteers.
- The Merge is expected to be completed sometime in 2022 and comes with an array of benefits for the network.
An Ethereum developer wants users to help look for bugs and loopholes in the network as it marches towards the Merge. Over 300 persons have volunteered since the call was made.
Ethereum Needs You To Test The Merge
Marius Van Der Wijden, an Ethereum dev working on The Merge made the call for individuals to get involved in the development of Eth 2.0. He made the request on Monday via Twitter and has since revealed that over 300 persons have indicated an interest to join the testing.
“Testing is the best way to contribute to Ethereum. We are starting a new program to get the community involved in testing the merge.” Van Der Wijden wrote. “If you want to do your part in getting Ethereum to Proof of Stake as soon as possible and save the environment, DM me.”
The test community is encompassing and comprises users with varying degrees of skill set from non-technical users to amateur developers and experienced developers. Guidelines have been provided to help users find and contribute positively to the tests in accordance with their expertise.
Non-technical individuals can set up a consensus layer client, join the dev nets, write documentation, report failures and write tutorials. Individuals with a technical background can run their validators, run a slasher on the testnet, deploy and test contracts, and create docker setups among others. Highly technical folks can review the code, propose invalid blocks, shutdown validators and publish a future pow final block.
Resources have been provided in the group to aid users with clear lines of communications provided. The program is not compensated but Van Der Wijden joked that he’ll reward users for identifying critical bugs with a beverage of their choice at the next DevCon.
In October, Ethereum developers converged in Greece to assess the transition to Proof-of-Stake, sparking optimism for the community. A few weeks later, the Altair upgrade was activated to bring the network one step close to the transition.
It is widely believed that the transition will fix Ethereum’s sky-high gas fees and reduce the energy usage of the entire network. The switch will also improve the scalability of the network in the face of increasing competition from Ethereum killers like Solana, Cardano, and Polkadot. The transition to Proof-of-Stake will make Bitcoin to be the last main network relying on the Proof-of-Work consensus model.