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@zardoz@cybre.space @dredmorbius @kick @enkiv2 @freakazoid the best attack on the SEO problem I've seen so far is Wikipedia: Wikipedia's messy social processes are very good at not getting captured by SEOs and the like. Not perfect, but enormously better than Google SERPs

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@zardoz@cybre.space @dredmorbius @kick @enkiv2 @freakazoid I guess the other alternatives along those lines are the Git model (fork at will, and choose whose fork you link to) and the Debian model (maintainers exist, and vote on governance, but NMUs are available to limit the worst failures of the maintainer model, despite the avconv/ffmpeg problem etc.)

@kragen On the Git / fork model, there's a problem I've been trying to articulate for years and think I may finally have:

The threat of the low-cost / high-capability developer.

That is, even outside the proprietary world, it's possible to shape the direction of software (or protocol or data standards) development by being the most able / capable / low-cost developer.

That's been an issue in several notable projects, and seems more so now.

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@kragen So whilst it's possible to fork, it can be hard to fork *and sustain a competitive level of development and support* especially against a particularly complicated alternative.

Say: browser rendering engines. Or init suite replacements. Or integrated desktops. Or office suites. Or tax or accounting software.

A vastly funded adversary *even if operating wholly within Free Software*, can code circles around other parties.

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@kragen This goes back to the days of "worse is better" -- because "worse" is also (near-term) cheaper, and faster to develop, so it iterates and improves much faster than "better".

You may end up stuck in a local optimum as a result. But you'll at least get there quickly, while "better" is still trying to get their 0.01 out the door.

Otherwise: I tend to agree re: Wikipedia and Debian: social and organisational structures help tremendously.

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@dredmorbius @zardoz@cybre.space @kick @enkiv2 @freakazoid it sounds like you're saying that free software tends to be meritocratic and some people don't like that? or is it more that it's much easier to add complexity to a problem (e.g., HTML5) than to remove it?

@kragen @zardoz @dredmorbius @kick @enkiv2 Unfortunately Wikipedia suffers from issues like that person who's been tirelessly editing the pages of media organizations and journalists in order to discredit them. At the end of the day there's no substitute for reputation and "editorial voice". I'd prefer known bias to unknown.

I still don't know how powerful this technique can be, though; once it's known maybe it's defused.

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SSB is something worth looking at re: combining social & technical concerns. The network is not fully connected (even less so than fedi) & you have a kind of automatic/passive filtering through this disconnection (especially through, like, transitive blocking). Spammers have to actively be followed by trusted peers in order to broadcast.

@dredmorbius @enkiv2 @kragen @zardoz @kick @freakazoid
Yeah, SSB = scuttlebutt. It's an incredibly interesting protocol and community with really vital discussion about norms and community management with a kind of vaguely left-libertarian flavor, hobbled by a couple specific technical problems that make onboarding & setup hard & make it tough to implement clients that aren't electron apps.

@enkiv2 @dredmorbius @zardoz@cybre.space @kick @freakazoid what are the technical problems with SSB? I've been trying to figure out where to find a straightforward explanation of the protocol at, like, the level of RFC 821.

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SSB uses progressively signed JSON, where the text of the JSON gets hashed and the hash is added to the end. It also uses keys. Key order isn't defined in JSON so all implementations, for compatibility reasons, must use the order that happened to be produced by nodejs when the first SSB message was composed. This has been a barrier to non-v8-based clients (though a rust one exists now).

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