On 27th June 2022 I sent an email to IOG Catalyst (Kriss Baird, Harris Warren, Daniel Ribar) drawing attention to a misrepresentation of Community Governance Oversight by Quasar during a Circle meeting (implying that Governance Oversight submits proposals for Catalyst Circle) and highlighting trolling comments on CGO videos by him.
The main concern I raised was that inaccurate and misleading remarks made by a Circle member will attract attention and gain prominence if not corrected. And this can impact the reputation of those working on the targeted projects. Trolling of your peers is a form of abuse intended to undermine the work they have done and to humiliate them.
There was no response from IOG Catalyst. This lack of response meant that over the subsequent months the misrepresentation and trolling continued unopposed. It was typically uncorrected or laughed off as “banter”. Other Circle Reps and Sub Circles (Funded Proposers), QADAO, Swarm, Cardano Foundation, Circle Admin and Community Governance Oversight have all become regular targets of sniping, sealioning, innuendo, misinformation and misrepresentation.
A typical comment by Quasar is posted without checking the facts and seeks to present the target as having ulterior motives :
But Quasar reserves the worst insinuations, lies, sealions and misrepresentations abuse for the Circle Slack group. Presumably because this is not widely seen by a community he often presents a positive face to. A particularly disturbing example is the undertone of violence, “for their protection”, implied in a message attempting to block CGO’s Town Hall slides in August 2022
All this activity has had a significant impact on the morale and atmosphere of Circle. It is no accident that Reps have stood down and most Circle Admin staff have resigned. For me a key factor in withdrawing my support was being doxed by Quasar.
Recently I have raised this again in the context of due diligence in supporting Catalyst Circle 4. Again the response from IOG Catalyst is silence. It seems their policy now is not only to ignore any concerns but to actually reward this kind of behavior.
Clearly IOG Catalyst has no sense of a duty of care and no moral compass in this context.
I would advise any serious businesses and institutions to pay close attention to how IOG has handled this behavior. Ask yourselves if you are prepared to accept the risks (legal & human resource retention) involved in working with an organization that condones this kind of damage and allows so many of its core workers to be treated in this way by one person.