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    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?

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      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:

      • Lower sysadmin overhead for you
      • High availability and reliability; no dependence on one company
      • Difficult to censor
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        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.

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          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. :)

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      tl;dr - add more hosts to existing distributed stores.

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        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…