Edit: this is a continuation of a discussion about the fact that what multiplayer apps are used from a discussion that occurred in this open engineering meeting.
Sorry I couldn’t make this meeting.
An aside, i really like the zoom recording - the transcript on the side made it really easy for me to skim through to get a general id of the discussion.
Having said that, it would be cool to put a couple bullet points in the meeting notes regarding any decisions/conclusions that came from the meeting. I skimmed the transcript but couldn’t easily figure out what the conclusion was re publicly sharing the apps you’re using.
Users aren’t terribly interested in the technical reasons for something not behaving according to their expectations.
If Facebook published in their Facebook profile that people used a bunch of dating apps, people would be pretty pissed, there’d be a ton of negative PR and it would probably destroy a bunch of peoples’ relationships.
If the user choice is between a big public company like Facebook or Apple knowing what apps they’re using an app and the whole world knowing, my guess is most people would choose the first option.
This seems like we’re moving the privacy ball in the wrong direction - on the “whole world knowing which apps I use” metric, objectively worse than the status quo.
People haven’t complained over the past year+ because up until recently there weren’t really any apps. Developers on Blockstack have a perverse incentive to support this public discovery of apps mechanism because it gives them growing public usage metrics (ie. graphs on https://theblockstats.com). We’ve seen this as single player apps complain that their apps don’t show up in stats.
Those are my thoughts based on the discussion that occurred.
Seems like there are two paths forward:
- If the apps are going to be publicly listed in the profile file like they are today, I’d be hesitant to solve the problem by obscuring it by hiding in in the explorer. Instead, let’s own it and leverage it as an advantage.
It enables cool stuff like finding your friends using the same apps. We can also improve copy and education so that people who want to hide their identity know that they should use separate blockstack ids for sensitive apps.
- Do a bunch of R&D to come up with a multiplayer storage discovery mechanism that’s more privacy friendly
Look forward to seeing what you decide!