[cryptography] Can we move to a forum, please?

Peter Todd pete at petertodd.org
Tue Dec 24 23:33:20 EST 2013


On Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 11:03:31PM -0500, Benjamin Kreuter wrote:
> > I mostly lurk and I strongly prefer a mailing list solution.
> > 
> > I'm in the Bitcoin community and we keep on talking about fully
> > decentralized backends to mailing lists/usenet replacements,
> 
> Out of curiosity, where do you see centralization in Usenet?  The only
> thing that comes to my mind are moderated newsgroups.

Moderation and spam control - both involve trusting centralized humans.

Keep in mind, this is Bitcoin we're talking about: we have very high
standards for what we call "decentralized". Equally we have very
suductive solutions to such distastful brushes with humanity in the form
of throwing proof-of-work, or better yet transferrable proof-of-work(1),
at the problem. Previously known as hashcash of course, but much more
usable this time around because there's actually a market for the stuff
in the form of Bitcoins so attackers don't have an advantage. Of course,
such pure solutions have real world drawbacks - like rich wankers
flooding your forums with junk because they can afford too - but they've
also never been tried in real-life so there's a lot of interest in doing
just that. Who knows if it'll actually work in practice, but all the
more reason to try.

In the meantime mailing lists are an excellent compromise.


1) https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Fidelity_bonds - Disclaimer: I invented
   them. Also "Just use fidelity bonds!" is a standard joke in the
   Bitcoin developer community, and for good reason.

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