Polygon governance team spearheaded the hard fork of the polygon network, which was completed successfully. this upgrade was intended to reduce the sprint length of on-chain transactions and double the blockchain’s “basefeechangedenominator”. the network’s 100 validators were invited to vote on the hard fork, with 15 of them voting in favor. the hard fork was completed in december, on the polygon network. 99 out of 100 validators updated their clients to make the hard fork implementation possible, and the changes were seen as a way to increase decentralization in the network.
Hard fork was met with criticism from the community, who perceived the voting process as undemocratic and overly centralized. questions were raised about the network’s commitment to decentralization due to the manner in which the fork was ratified. some members asked for more details, while others argued the proposed changes were too severe and not the most important updates that should have been prioritized.
Leadership saw the december hard fork poll as an early feedback mechanism, rather than an official vote. they argued that the proposed changes would increase decentralization in their products, and had the validators not updated their clients, the network would have been in a potentially chaotic situation with multiple versions existing simultaneously. max koopsen of decrypt provided additional reporting for this story.