Warning for Bitcoin projects:
We are not in the comment section business. We are in the video business. We are seeking a replacement for comments like PowPing, Metalens, Twetch or anything else.
Emigrated in about a month. Please reach out with any proposal for a plug-in.
– Streamanity (@Streamanity) August 2, 2020
Streamanity. Castr.fm. Arch. Twetch. Relica. Memo. PowPing. PowPress. Bitpost. All of these are Bitcoin SV applications that involve content creation, but they all have different ways (if any) to comment on content. For example, Bitpost is not ‘urgent to add’ due to the inherent issues that plague the internet today, trolling and spam:
Paid speech is one method of solving this problem. Twetch, Relica, Castr and Memo have all implemented this in their own way – and on the chain to boot. This method prevents spam and discourages trolling by making the originator pay money at the cost of limiting the transaction to those with Bitcoin. In addition, it holds those engaged accountable by irreversibly recording the content on the ledger.
Now given that the original post on each of these platforms is a unique Bitcoin transaction ID, hence the same reference point. Why is each operation different?
For each example answer, the format and link to the original post entered on the chain are different. Twetch, Castr and Memo all enter the transaction ID to which it responds, but Relica does not. Actually, Relica may be storing it, but it’s hard to tell because the OP_RETURN data is blocked. Memo stores the solution transaction, but is reversed giving developers even more headaches.
Two years ago, a proposal was built to solve this: MetaLens. MetaLens was a browser extension that allowed comments to be made on any URL. If one navigated to that URL (no validation required) they could see all the comments everyone has made since they were recorded on the public blockchain. The protocol supporting MetaLens (aptly named MAP) is designed to support arbitrary data mapping to certain data points, including transaction IDs!
Imagine being able to input a single data point and then be able to view all comments on it from around the world with built-in spam prevention and monetization. Twetch is the closest implementation to this standard (even MAP leverage in their protocol) but it has proprietary limitations. Unfortunately, MetaLens is out right now in a hiatus. A similar, lesser-known tool has emerged called Koalament but is not yet being adopted.
Given the greatness of culture and de-platform cancellation in 2021, the need for open solutions, the ability to monetize and control over content is desperately needed. Building this is possible today but would be more difficult than it could be due to the proprietary standards built by each platform on top of an open ledger.
Of course, one of these current standards can suck in the rest:
Does this mean videos will come for free using the twetch api to collect profits from likes and comments? I think that would be amazing!
– Unclassified @ 10062 (@unclassify) September 12, 2020
Streamanity could put a video hash on a chain, then make its comments section be the references on the chain from that hash. Users wouldn’t even need to comment directly on Streamanity.com or need an account there; they could comment from various interfaces that all compete on presentation, user experience, and monetization.
Furthermore, this model blends well with the efforts to Make RSS Great Again, as the RSS protocol supports syndication of comment sections so that users could subscribe to their favorite posts directly from the blockchain.
It is almost as if Bitcoin is the perfect tool to fight these issues. Now is the time.
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