It's always funny when people on Twitter think Mastodon is based on a blockchain somehow

"Sounds like your blockchain isn't actually decentralized"

That's my secret cap 😎 There is no blockchain

I'll do a big brain post and say, in my opinion, blockchains aren't even that decentralized. They're just distributed. You have a single global state and you need consensus in the network to modify it. Mastodon servers have a lot more independence than that 'cause they don't care what else happens in the network.

@Gargron fwiw, that's a common idea among people who actually look into the centralization aspects (as opposed to the blockchain === decentralized crowd).

The usual separation is:

- Architectural decentralization, which might as well just be "distributed";
- Organizational decentralization, based on the institutions or individuals involved;
- Logical decentralization, where the entire network doesn't need to have a single state.

Vitalik Buterin went over it here:


@Gargron One more thing: Sarah Friend from Circles UBI keeps pointing out that decentralization is likely the wrong label, given it's antonymic: it tells people what something _isn't_, but not what it is or why they should care.

I've found that labels like peer-to-peer, symmetrical system, or distributed ledger are more useful.

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