Leveraging individuals’ greed towards supporting and strengthening a commons that everyone benefits from is a very powerful concept. This is not new, but developers can often forget or gloss over it.
Maidsafe’s consensus algorithm has a fairly low attack threshold, which can be mitigated by the mass adoption of the project, mostly by non-technical users. These users may not care about a decentralised internet but they do care to earn some passive income from their spare computing/storage resources. This has to work for them.
Easier said than done. That free money ** has to come from somewhere, so you need paying users, and for those paying users the product needs to be competitive in the cloud storage marketplace. Most of them won’t care that it’s decentralised, they care that it offers good value for money.
So to summarize, @dimitar you are approaching this with the right attitude. Keep up the great work, and hope others will get inspired by what you’re doing. I know I am.
** we know it’s not really free money. There is a cost to running a node, even at home, but that cost is difficult to measure, and can often be overlooked or ignored by users. That’s OK.