“A distributed social network mad science experiment. Twitter-style feed and posts. Users follow each other, post to their own p2p databases, and servers aggregate their community's data to provide large-scale indexes in their own p2p databases.”
I have no more bandwidth for that "way" of doing decentralization.
@neauoire I don’t disagree with that assessment but also fear no one is making tools to make things like twtxt accessible to non tech people. The reason I am still in camp fediverse is that I can get someone off corporate media today and onto a space that me and my tech friends can do the work of managing instead of a corporation. But also the fediverse is overly complicated too. There isn’t one protocol or anything to follow to join the network as a new piece of software.
@liaizon My "hot take" about decentralization is that it is incompatible with people who don't have an interest learning how it works. Decentralized networks are as fragile as their least educated members.
HAM radio licenses requires the applicants to understand how the radio works, and how to repair it would it fail. I can't picture what a truly decentralized and accessible network might look like, it seems like freedom and convenience are at odds with each other.
@liaizon I'm aware that this is a super crappy take, it's just where I am at now with all that stuff. It's definitely not the true state of things, it's just the limits of my imagination.
I'm super happy that others are trying to solve that problem, I'm excited for them, it's not something I want to put my hands into at this time tho.
@jakeisnt @neauoire @liaizon You highlight one of the main problems of P2P protocols: In order to work, as many clients as possible have to talk the same protocol. And yes, actually the same, not a derivation. Means a minor change of the protocol, basically results in a new protocol, making rapid, distributed development almost impossible.
In comparison, when someone implements their own types in ActivityPub, since clients don't rely on direct exchange, this can simply be by anyone and work.
@pettter yes I have read about it but never got to play with it directly. Have talked to Dmitry a few times in Berlin about other stuff tho and always forgot to ask them about it directly
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