UPDATE: Network is fine again, and the Steem attestation bot is functional. Enjoy the airdrop!
When the Byteball team announced an airdrop where all Steem users would get between $10 and $160 worth of crypto each, most of us quickly downloaded a wallet and got our airdrops. Many of you might have noticed that in the last 30ish hours the Byteball network has been having a lot of issues, and it's impossible to send, receive, or confirm transactions, and the Steem verification bot is not responding as it should.
This means that people who wants the airdrop can't get it right now, and I've seen lots of people who have been frustrated. I have also seen a lot of speculation as to what the problems are, and finding information about it from official channels seemed difficult, since the team behind Byteball haven't addressed it on their Steem, Medium, Twitter, or Facebook accounts.
So, what's wrong with the Byteball network?
I did a lot of some around, and found my way into the Byteball Slack group. This is the place where the developers interact with the community, and here's what the founder and lead developer Tony Churyumoff has to say about the problems in the #announcement channel:
"Spending unconfirmed funds" is a new feature that was added to the wallet at the same time as the Steem attestation function was added, and this is what broke the network. In other words, the influx of users from the Steem blockchain was not what broke it.
As you can also see, they are working on fixing the issue. From what I understand, it's only very slow, but still functioning, so I believe that the people who are waiting to funds to get confirmed by the network will eventually get these once the problem has been solved. So if you got sent 600,000 Bytes that are stuck as unconfirmed, these will eventually allow you to claim the airdrop once everything has been fixed by the developers.
When will I get my airdrop?
No one will be able to get their airdrop until the network issue has been fixed, and there is no ETA at the moment. So you need to wait a little while. Hopefully the issue will be fixed soon, but no one can really know. If you want a heads-up when the problem is solved, let me know in the comment section, and I will notify you by a reply when the time comes.