I just discovered SmokeSignal, and I think it is an awesome concept. I think your commitment to uncensorability is great, but what I like about it most is that it connects writers to readers with the low-friction payment UX of web3 (which I expect to become even better in the coming years, particularly the onboarding issue). I think it could serve a segment of the “paid writing” market that can’t really be served on web2 platforms: specifically, casual or unknown writers. I wrote a bit about it here but it’s pretty half-baked: https://smokesignal.eth.link/#!/post?block=15646118&hash=0xfd00a3bfb71f04b12fd6e952e9d3231d06e43008844f0d83f9fff2c4876f998d
Also, for me as a reader (and this might just be me!), quality writing is much more interesting than censorship resistance. Sort of like, as a user, I don’t spend much time thinking about how decentralised Ethereum is, even if I ultimately benefit from the security it provides.
I have a few other suggestions/feature requests:
- My auto-assigned avatar is a grumpy face, which I don’t really like. Is there any possibility that we could re-roll these until we get one we’re more satisfied with?
- Have you considered quadratic scoring for post ranking with DAI burns? https://smokesignal.eth.link/#!/post?block=15646243&hash=0xdffc54e6a2a59d8434b65fcf33316af522c72da538bfadafd0ed180e06e9b447
- Sybil resistance seems to me to be a crucial technology that could enable things like improved quadratic scoring, downvotes (or other more advanced scoring algorithms), tip subsidies and much more. It is a hard problem, but I think one worth putting on a roadmap if it is not there already
- I think being able to edit posts would be good too - maybe by storing the edited post at a new location in IPFS and updating the hash. I understand this might be difficult, just raising it as a feature I’d like
Feedback on my feedback is appreciated. I would like to see SmokeSignal succeed