One of the big things I'm taking-away so far reading the platform -op book is that we really need a standards-based reputation/identity system.

I remember reading some protocol-level work on this a few years back when I was getting into architectures.

Clearly something that demands a decentralized approach.

@jjg as far as i can tell decentralized identity is really difficult. I think a big reason for the success of things like slack or facebook is that centralization helps control spam

@alienghic I thought facebook and slack were the *definition* of spam... ;)

Seriously though the approaches I remember revolved around hosting your identity on your own webserver under the same domain as your own email server and email was used as the identity "handle" (assuming I remember it correctly).

I've run my own email for years and see far less spam than I did when I used gmail/google apps, surprisingly.

@jjg cost of domain and difficulty running servers puts identity solutions based on that out of the reach of most people. I regularly see anonymous spammers on irc, something i don't on slack. Part of your less spam on your home domain may be due to others not finding it. I was getting away with pretty simple antispam techniques until i started contributing to Debian.

@alienghic @jjg

There's no need for servers (if you want to avoid that), it could just use CNAME, which most anyone who can follow a tutorial could configure.

@mayel @jjg My mom has switched to her phone as her primary compute device I believe because android is easier to use & lower maintenance than Windows.

I watch users regularly just search for att instead of typing att in the address bar (and letting it auto-complete).

My boss can't be bothered to understand what a file system is and just randomly saves files where ever Word defaults to, and uses search to find everything.

DNS is a fairly complex concept.

@alienghic @jjg

I've already seen someone (maybe Google?) do a two step DNS config system: you pick your domain registrar, it asks for your credentials, and voila you're setup!

Not great for security, but I guess those people don't care...

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