I’m going to be brutally honest.
Since I started helping MaidSafe before the crowdsale, I wanted to make the “perfect” system. I guess you could say I was like CLU, from the movie Tron Legacy. The math had to make sense, balance had to be regulated, and the economy must be sustainable.
Overtime, I learned a lot from others, even those I disagree with. Maybe, I’m going soft. Because my views have changed somewhat. The most recent threads had me questioning. Why are so many inefficient systems still working today?
To answer this question, I had to step back and look at it from a consumer, not producer, point of view…
If I had a choice between the following SAFE Networks, which would I choose?
(Pay to Upload).
No. I can upload for free on other networks. I can also pre-encrypt my own files before uploading.
(Pay to Download).
Definitely not. I already download for free on other networks.
(Pay to Upload/Download).
Absolutely not. This might be the most efficient design for input/output, but it doesn’t make any sense for me financially, when there are so many free alternatives available.
(Free to Upload/Download)
Maybe. This depends on what is available content wise, and how easy/safe it was to upload/download.
(Pay to Upload, Free to Download) + (Earn Safecoin for running a vault)
Yes. I would not upload anything, just run a vault until the costs outweigh the potential gain.
(Free to Upload/Download) + (Earn Safecoin for running a vault)
Definitely yes! This could be the worst idea, economically. But I would show up to the party for all the free booze! I would upload/download and run a vault, until the costs outweigh the potential gain.
My personal opinion may not reflect majority of users. And I’m not suggesting any changes to the current plan, just wondering if paper theory really beats practice behavior?
EDIT: Added Option #7 per discussions… see below.
(Pay to Upload “beyond” Free NSL / Free to Download) + (Earn Safecoin for running a vault)
It makes more economical sense than #6, and offers X free storage for new accounts. This is more appealing than #5 because I don’t need Safecoin to get started.