Soon, some venture capitalist will put $5 million into a startup that offers free fediverse accounts with unlimited storage, etc.
Unless every other instance instantly blocks such a service from Day 1, you can kiss your fediverse goodbye and say hello to a new Gmail. Once network effects kick in, they will make the rules.
It _can_ happen here but you have an opportunity to kill it before it does.
@aral The "ideal solution" would probably be a software license like AGPL but which also disallows any inter-connection with instances containing proprietary code. This locks it open, but at the cost of being non-free-software (freedom zero) & annoying lots of FSF lawyers.
In the mean time, we can at least distrust any "cool new fediverse app with MIT license"
@aral Another solution is a mastodon inter-connection rules:
Rule 1: Block any instance which uses proprietary code
Rule 2: Also block any instance which doesn't also follow Rule 1 or Rule 2.
@aral Sorry s/mastodon/fediverse/ I know the distinction, I'm just lazy and tend toward accessible writing over correct.
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