Generally speaking, I’d caution against interpreting the lack of particular functionality in this new work as a sign we’re “moving away” from anything over the long-term.
We decided to redesign the onboarding experience in particular from the ground up since we believe it’s the most impactful part for the vast majority of users – and in most dire need of attention. Consequently, we paid little or no attention to anything that comes after onboarding in the user experience.
For example, we haven’t invested any energy in the profile creation or management experience. But that’s not because we have anything against it necessarily; we just didn’t find it was integral to an effective onboarding experience.
We’ll continue encouraging any users who want this post-onboarding functionality to use the existing Blockstack Browser in the meantime. We don’t intend to strip any of it out from there.
We’re also not looking to favor single-player apps over multi-player ones with this work. In some ways it’s easier to design for private single-player apps, since you don’t have to think through all the ways in which data is encrypted for multiple people.
However, we believe that people generally demand multi-player functionality from most apps over the long-term, even if they start off using them in a single-player fashion. So we expect to help developers navigate the design challenges with multi-player experiences going forward, perhaps by providing standard components that help users grant view, edit, etc. permissions for certain data in a privacy-guaranteed fashion.