What problem is being solved? Mostly it sounds like a distributed store of comments introduces more problems. As noted, I could pay people to host my comments, but why wouldn’t I just toss Linode an extra nickel for some extra storage and do it myself?
but why wouldn’t I just toss Linode an extra nickel for some extra storage and do it myself?
That’s what I do currently, and boy is it a PITA. A decentralized commenting system, well implemented, has these advantages:
On the other hand, it seems a moderately robust solution would also make it hard for me to filter spam and trolls and whatnot.
I wonder if Reddit, HN, lobsters, etc. count as a solution. Anybody can post their comments to any one of several distributed sites. They would all need to work in concert to censor comments. And further, separation from the author means I know negative criticism isn’t being blocked.
Yes. I absolutely think the solution to this social problem is the social step of not trying to create one single giant social space for everybody. :)
tl;dr - add more hosts to existing distributed stores.
It always fascinates that these “but we still need to fix the server problem” presentations and posts always do such a good research and mention so many technologies but somehow don’t see the elephant in the room: maidsafe open source SAFE network fixes these problems in their underlying technology and architecture already…