The Ethereum 2.0 Testnet Crashes Again, Participation Drops to 1.5%

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The ethereum 2.0 testnet, Medalla, has not been finalizing for about 1,000 epochs, with participation dropping to as low as 1.5%. There may be a fork as the crash happens while processing block 515616 (5d6fc4e3). Apparently people left to Zinken, the ethereum 2.0 dry run, with Preston van Loon, a Prysm dev, stating: “We enjoyed a successful dress rehearsal launch with the short lived Zinken testnet and now it is time to bring our attention back to Medalla. If you were running a Medalla validator and turned it off, please turn it back on. This network hasn’t been able to finalize since Zinken started and we suspect that this is due to users abandoning Medalla for Zinken. If you don’t intend to return to Medalla, please complete a voluntary exit so your validators will no longer contribute to participation issues.” There are no real money at stake here, so node…

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