The Ethereum community is considering a hard fork in order to reverse the damage done by the DAO hack. A hard fork would mean that the current Ethereum blockchain would be split into two separate blockchains, one with the DAO hack undone and one without. This would obviously create two different versions of Ethereum, and raises the question: can we fork Ethereum?
The answer is yes, we can fork Ethereum. However, it’s not a simple process. For one, a hard fork requires the majority of miners to signal their support for the new chain.
This can be a difficult thing to achieve as there are many different interests at play. Some miners may not want to support a hard fork as it could mean that they have to give up their current position on the Ethereum blockchain.
Secondly, even if a hard fork is successful, it’s likely that there will be two different versions of Ethereum for a period of time. This could lead to confusion and could ultimately split the community.
It’s important to remember that a hard fork is a last resort option and should only be considered if all other options have failed.
Can we fork Ethereum? Yes, but it’s not going to be easy.