What is EthereumFair (ETHF/ETF)?

What is ETHF ETF

Key Takeaways:

  • EthereumFair was designed to salvage the most important features of the Proof-of-Work Ethereum blockchain. It is the first fork of Ethereum blockchain in response to the switch to Proof-of-Stake algorithm.

  • EthereumFair claims to preserve the Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm and hopes to build a new home for miners on the old blockchain. EthereumFair will also maintain Ethereum projects that seek to build on a PoW blockchain.

  • Miners previously active on Ethereum blockchain have already commenced mining operations on the EthereumFair network.

What is EthereumFair (ETHF/ETF)?

EthereumFair (ETHF) claims to uphold the original design of the Ethereum blockchain; a decentralized ledger system running smart contracts and supporting EVM (Ethereum Virtual Machine) applications and secured using the Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm. Its name reflects the fair distribution system that the consensus mechanism (PoW) it advocates offers to cryptocurrency enthusiasts.

Founded in 2020 and brought into the open in the third quarter of 2022, EthereumFair has drawn a good amount of attention from the rest of the crypto space since the Ethereum blockchain completed its switch to Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm.

You might find different tickers for EthereumFair across exchange platforms and the rest of the internet. The project’s official Twitter page has reiterated that the ETHF ticker is the proper ticker for the EthereumFair coin. Regardless, the ETF ticker is also used to represent the project on some tracking platforms, exchanges, and social media posts. We will be using the ETHF ticker for the rest of this content.

EthereumFair is building its nest away from the original Ethereum blockchain. After a successful fork, it is nursing an independent ecosystem by providing a platform for developers to build on its PoW blockchain. Since launching its network, the EthereumFair blockchain has reportedly processed over 1.7 billion transactions and handled over 50 million smart contract creations. 200 million wallets have also been created according to statistics found on its official page.

Statistics from Oklink also claim that ETHF has a block time of 0.13 seconds and processes 0.11 transactions per second. Over 500,000 ERC-20 tokens have been created, with thousands of NFT tokens already live on the chain.

Why EthereumFair?

On December 1, 2020, Ethereum developers announced a set of big changes to the Ethereum blockchain’s codebase. These modifications would render the Ethereum blockchain function very different from the original design. The stipulated changes were part of an upgrade to Ethereum 2.0. Also known as Serenity, the upgrade to Ethereum 2.0 is intended to fix the biggest problem of the Ethereum blockchain: scalability.

Despite impressing the general crypto community with the numerous innovations it has churned out since launching in 2015, the Ethereum blockchain suffers from a lot of user experience issues. Most of these issues arise due to the high rate of adoption it enjoys.

With over 71 million wallets created in the past six years and an excess of 400,000 daily users, the original design of the Ethereum blockchain was unable to handle the continuous growth in demand without running into some hitches. At best, these issues were mild and negligible; at worst, they were enough to make users seek cheaper and more efficient alternatives.

Slow transaction processing speed, failed transactions, and high transaction fees. Developers and investors had to constantly contend with these experiences. In a popular transaction, an Ethereum blockchain user paid 10,000 ETH in fees for a single transfer of 0.5 ETH. While this case is an exception, the average transaction fee on the Ethereum blockchain could rise above $50 depending on presiding usage statistics. 

With a speed of 20 transactions per second; some of these transactions fail despite the high fees while others would take many minutes (sometimes, over an hour) to be completed. In addition to these, concerns have been raised regarding the energy consumption and the environmental impact of the Proof-of-Work algorithm used by Ethereum and other blockchains.

The size of Ethereum’s archival nodes currently sits at over four terabytes (4Tb) and the actual blockchain size is well over a hundred gigabytes. Each validated block adds two megabytes to this already huge figure. The Ethereum blockchain according to many ‘will never scale’. In 2019, a Bloomberg report claimed that the Ethereum blockchain is ‘almost full’.

The upgrade to Ethereum 2.0 features several new additions and modifications to the Ethereum blockchain. These additions and modifications will attempt to improve the user experience. They are intended to make the Ethereum blockchain faster, more agile, cheaper to use, and generally, more scalable.

Part of the changes includes the introduction of blockchain sharding to tackle Ethereum’s scalability issues and a switch to the Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus algorithm to make the blockchain agile, and more flexible. PoS is also presumed to be a more environmentally friendly approach to blockchain computing.

While the Proof-of-Work consensus algorithm requires miners to safeguard the blockchain network by connecting their devices to the network, running a node, and solving complex mathematical problems to validate a block; Proof-of-Stake requires validators to lock up their assets on the network and be chosen to validate blocks according to how much assets they have committed to the network. Both miners and validators are rewarded for securing the network in these ways.

A switch to Proof-of-Stake means that the Ethereum blockchain would do away with miners and the PoW consensus algorithm. To run a node on Ethereum’s POS network, a validator only needs to stake 32 ETH.

However, this arrangement (switch to PoS) wasn’t pleasant to miners who have stayed committed to safeguarding the blockchain throughout its existence through the PoW consensus algorithm. Since the upgrade was announced and building up to the last phase of the switch to PoS (termed The Merge), miners on the Ethereum network sought new homes while a split faction resolved to fork the Ethereum blockchain and uphold the PoW consensus system.

EthereumFair developers were part of the split faction that sought to maintain the POW algorithm. Another faction is the EthereumPoW (ETHW) developers. These split factions created new blockchains that mirrored the original Ethereum blockchain. EthereumFair emerged in the last quarter of 2020 but mainly operated in the Chinese language and only developed support for other languages later in the third quarter of 2022. EthereumPoW was launched a few months before the stipulated switch to POS.

On September 15, 2022, the last phase of the migration to PoS was completed as the Ethereum blockchain transitioned to the Proof-of-Stake algorithm. In response, EthereumFair launched its blockchain a couple of days later and has since then, channeled efforts towards building a sovereign POW network.

EthereumFair Coin

Ethf overview

EthereumFair coin (ETHF) is the native coin of the EthereumFair blockchain. It is designed to power the ETHF blockchain and also grow along with the project. Following the hard fork, ETHF coins were airdropped to existing Ethereum users at a ratio of 1:1. That is, every Ethereum (ETH) holder received ETHF coins equal to the number of Ether held.

Supply and distribution statistics for EthereumFair are yet to be verified, however, the circulating supply is expected to be the same as the original Ethereum blockchain. The total supply is also infinite and expected to grow as miners are rewarded.

ETHF will be used for the core activities on the EthereumFair ecosystem. ETHF will also be used to support development programs on the EthereumFair ecosystem through the Grant program. Project teams will receive funding in ETHF to build new or better versions of existing solutions on the ETHF blockchain.

ETHF has been launched in a couple of exchanges in the past few weeks. It currently trades on a number of centralized exchanges including Huobi, Poloniex, MEXC Global, and Gate. ETHF can also be traded on the BitMart exchange and decentralized exchanges that run on its platform.

ETHF Mining

Like the original Ethereum blockchain, EthereumFair plans to expand its coin supply through miners’ rewards. Miners on the EthereumFair network will receive ETHF for validating a block. According to ETHF developers, the mining difficulty has been reduced to increase miners’ chances of earning rewards and profiting from running an ETHF node. The current mining difficulty is 655.0926T according to data from Minerstats.

Major mining pools including f2pool,  Antpool, Hiveon, and btc.com already support ETHF mining.

The EthereumFair Ecosystem

EthereumFair is gradually growing its ecosystem and partnering with other projects to speed up the progress of its PoW smart contract and EVM facility. It has seen a relatively positive acceptance by centralized exchanges, which have listed the EthereumFair coin and started trading activities. Apart from top-tier exchanges like Huobi, Poloniex, and Gate, the EthereumFair coin is also listed on several other centralized exchanges.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/ETHF/comments/xolzxm/ethereum_fair_ecological_diagram/

On the EthereumFair chain, new decentralized applications are already building their solutions and offering better approaches to existing solutions. MemorySwap is one of the earliest decentralized exchanges to launch on the EthereumFair chain. Alien exchange and MetaPath have also launched on the PoW chain. MetaPath is a Dex aggregator; it collates trading prices of a selected pair across several Dexes and allows traders to choose the best rate.

In partnership with MemorySwap, Richmoon, a GameFi project has also launched on the EthereumFair chain. Richmoon describes itself as a “Web3 small game platform.” Musse NFT marketplace has also announced support for EthereumFair NFTs.

Reported information suggests progress in EthereumFair chain’s growth as an inclusive platform for decentralized solutions. Further growth is expected as the platform continues to welcome new projects and older EVM projects that wish to build on the PoW chain as well.

ETHF Vs. Ethereum

EthereumFair is a spin-off from the original Ethereum blockchain. It copies the majority of features of the (now defunct) PoW Ethereum chain. Due to the 1:1 ETHF airdrop for ETH holders, both projects currently have the same number of tokens in circulation. This will likely change relative to the emission rate in the new chains.

Like the old Ethereum Chain, EthereumFair also uses the Ethash mining algorithm. However, since Ethereum switched to the Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm, these chains now work very differently.

Here’s a summary of the differences between EthereumFair and the current Ethereum blockchain.

Ethereum vs EthereumFair

EthereumFair (ETHF) Vs. EthereumPOW (ETHW)

Ethereum’s migration to PoS set off a flurry of events. For miners, a new home has to be found. While a good percentage simply switched their mining facilities to other cryptocurrencies, others were determined to retain the POW infrastructure. To this effect, a couple of Ethereum Proof-of-Work forks have emerged since the move to PoS was completed.

EthereumFair (ETHF) and EthereumPoW (ETHW) are the most prominent forks of Ethereum that seek to preserve the fair distribution of the Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm. Both chains share many similarities. Apart from running the PoW algorithm, they both have the same number of tokens in circulation. ETHW conducted a 1:1 airdrop to ETH holders.

The block time is similar (ETHF 14 seconds block time, ETHW 13 seconds block time) and both also run the same mining algorithm (Ethash). Usage statistics have been similar according to data from Oklink.

Here’s a summary of the major differences between both projects as of time of writing:

ethf vs ethw

To find out more about how Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, EthereumPoW and EthereumFair are sharing the market, visit GeckoTerminal’s ETH Wars’ page.

How to Connect to the ETHF Chain

The EthereumFair network can be added on MetaMask and used across DeFi and other decentralized applications built on its chain.

With over 10 million confirmed users, MetaMask is one of the most used Ethereum wallets. It has received support from Ethereum developers and is arguably one of the most trustworthy wallets to store your ether and other cross-chain tokens and even more. MetaMask’s multi-chain support allows you to access cross-chains and layer 2 networks.

Here’s how to add the EthereumFair network to your MetaMask wallet.

MetaMask comes in a Chrome extension and a mobile application; whichever you use, the steps to set up are the same. I assume you already have the Metamask Extension or wallet installed and your Ethereum account set up properly. If not, simply download and set up your wallet properly, and remember to safeguard your seed phrase… it’s very important!

Log into your MetaMask, click on the network bar in the top right corner and select Add Network from the drop-down.

In the form that pops up, fill in the following accordingly;

·        Network Name: EthereumFair

·        New RPC URL: https://rpc.etherfair.org

·        Chain ID: 513100

·        Currency Symbol: ETHF

·        ETHF Explorer: https://explorer.etherfair.org

Click save, and the EthereumFair network can now be accessed via your MetaMask wallet. Simply click the drop-down menu beside the circle icon at the top right corner of your wallet and select the EthereumFair network from the Menu.

Final thoughts

The crypto space is very democratic. This democracy isn’t limited to the freedom to invest, but also includes the freedom to invent and uphold personal and group opinions where there are differences. The original Ethereum blockchain switching to PoS as a foundation to other changes coming to the network is a positive development. A scalable, fast, and cheap Ethereum blockchain means more than just an upgrade to the crypto space.

Notwithstanding, the Proof-of-Work algorithm is the earliest blockchain consensus algorithm and is much respected by older participants. This is not just due to its inclusiveness but also due to its reputation as offering a more decentralized approach to blockchain security, arguably. The acceptance of Proof-of-Stake is growing as novel blockchain projects are willing to sacrifice security and decentralization for speed, scalability, and affordability.

EthereumFair and other Ethereum forks, like Ethereum Classic and EthereumPoW have chosen a different path – to cling to the old ways. This, if done well, is also a positive development, as it serves a section of the crypto community that believes in Proof-of-Work. EthereumFair will hope to leverage on this to attract users and developers to build a thriving ecosystem, and if possible improve the original design by solving the problems it faced in a different way. A majority of Ethereum developers will expectedly focus on the PoS chain, but forks like EthereumFair still stand a chance of emerging as strong contenders in the smart contract and EVM space.

As a standard, do apply caution while interacting with smart contracts and also do your own research before investing in any cryptocurrency project.