I was just thinking about the challenges of the impending testnet launch with vaults-from-home (yay).
It occurs to me that without the economic incentive in place to be a reliable node and with many just wanting to ‘test it out’ there could be a lot of, well I want to say churn, but I’m computer illiterate so I’m not sure if that’s the correct terminology. Basically there will be a lot of very unreliable nodes until there is a good reason for there to be more reliable ones (competition for safecoins).
How big does maidsafe’s contribution have to be to mitigate this slightly unusual situation? Do we actually want ten’s of thousands of people suddenly getting interested and testing it out for 20 minutes? Or, whilst we are pre safecoin, should we really just try to focus on providing reliable resources to the network ourselves rather than encouraging everyone to play with it (to make it a bit more realistic)?
Apologies if these seem like silly questions, I’m just trying to work out if Maidsafe’s early contribution to farming will start with the launch of vaults-from-home and whether the scale of it will really mitigate the unrealistic situation of relatively few reliable connections while everyone plays with it? It is naive for me to think that providing my own rubbish little 2mb upload speeds reliably will make any difference to anything, or should I actually be quite diligent about leaving my pc running even during the testnet stages? Does every little help with just a few hundred or thousand testers?