One of the big things I'm taking-away so far reading the platform #co-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 #unhosted 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.
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