A thought: When Google launched Gmail it never actually officially “launched” – rather it was in “perpetual beta”. I.e. they just kept on on-boarding people, growing steadily for years via invite (nobody did it that way back then), until one day they took that tiny “beta” label off without fanfare.
Matter of semantics, and a very small detail, but I think that tiny mark was an important UX detail. Even though the system was fully operational for years, it signaled that things are still being improved and worked on, and it kept users open/forgiving to changes big and small while the system was young. The invite process also upped the excitement and also grew the network organically.
another interesting article:
I can see the pros and cons of the above strategies ( you want nodes as fast as possible, invite doesn’t make sense for “SAFE for everyone” etc) – but am curious either way to see if the community already has thoughts on the launch process. Personally wouldn’t mind not having a “launch day” but rather slowly seeing the network grow.