Content can be of VAST importance in all it’s forms. And as noted any ‘dev’ with an App will likely rely upon it. As what is their code written in? Where is it saved?
And what about less ‘appy’ internet undertakings. No one reads newspapers online? Or blog posts? Or listen to music? Or watch videos?
A lot of folks here seem to have a conflated idea of what an ‘app’ is/does. Sharing of content does not require an app. Email forwarding used to be how content was shared. Just that one program (‘app’).
To suggest devs – as many have above – are more important than other kinds of content creators shows very little understanding of what development is (or indeed how crucial ‘apps’ are; side note is that core development is actually funded elsewhere by the network [5% I believe], so to compare ‘app’ development to roads is a mistake).
I program for a living. I wish I could do more creative undertakings for a living. That’s why SAFE excites me. I don’t think what I do has mass appeal, but for a few folks it could. And baked / seemless contributions to creators of anything is great.
Imagine an internet without all the f***g adverts/clickworthy link bait nonsense etc.
Imagine small artists getting their share instead of being f***d via Spotify’s revenue sharing model (which benefits large artists heavily).
Having that as a base and allowing apps on top to ask for more strikes me as the fairest deal. Reducing friction and increasing the likelihood of people putting things onto the network.
Tipping on top, sure why not. App devs getting to set a rate as part of their app. Sure why not. That’s just the same as we have now (Apple app store etc). But it shouldn’t be all we have. The whole point of SAFE is to do better. And we can do that. So why would we opt not to?