Is balancing already taken to be more important than upload/download?..
Survival instinct is more important than catering to others.
How fast does the network respond to ensure balance; how much work and extra stress is there ensuring the data… and how is that balanced against upload/download… so, for example, is upload/download more important than ensuring the very last copy is tidy.
How much extra work is generated for each node going offline?
If a chunk of the network goes off line or if there are rolling brownouts in the electric grid, what effect does that have. Where is that work … is it distributed or does it have an impact local to the section it was part of. What kind of events would panic an Elder?
Does a new node have to download as much as an average node, before it becomes useful - and before it becomes paid?
Is that a reason to lower the barrier for entry to the network perhaps below 50% full??.. or does that initial work help create inertia than encourages stability.
Then, how much extra work is required to become an Elder before being paid?.. or is that simple continuity for what is stored and not a risk of stagnation as too many nodes are doing nothing but prepping for their next role, without responding normally.
Are there any exponential growth risks with the kind of tasks being done.
How many Elders; how many nodes, need to be stable at any point in time to not create too much work just balancing… is the balancing dampened; so that the abstract to-do list will never get larger, faster than can be worked off.
Worst case in the early days, where some stress tempts there is not enough space, does the copy count drop to what is possible… that’s perhaps not an option but where are the limits of how fast and flexible each node is; and then each segment. These kind of stupid questions might become FAQs to help ensure confidence??
If the Elders become busy with certain types of task, how do they prioritize.
If one Elder is stressed, does it alert others and is that useful… if the network is stressed how does it communicate that… or does it not and is that a liability. Perhaps this is offset by data being well distributed.
Perhaps then a query whether Elders are overthinking their role.
What part do Elders play in ensuring data…
Does the sum of all Elders hold one copy of all the data - which perhaps would be a good simple confidence builder.
Are the interests of the longterm data storage liable to become corrupted by shortterm interests?
Perhaps just a repeat of balancing but if services that are transient exist, like instant messaging, could those risk that data storage is not able to flex under stress. Sort of a Netflix effect.
Is the movement of data to cater for popular downloads, seen as a luxury task?
How much of what the network is, will be visible?
What metrics for network stress?.. even if those are abstract internal to network only… will the network be able to communicate state… is there a risk that it doesn’t know that it is being stressed. Perhaps the sum of Elders thought on how busy they are will be an indicator? Perhaps certain metrics and tracking can be in place and removed later where that’s a liability…
It’s the unknowns that are a risk to confidence. The more insight into how the network actually works, the more it is clear where the limits are that break it; the more it is clear the network is setup never to see those limits, will all help to answer FAQs.
(I’ve just edited to make Elders with a capital E because I like the idea of those being like Ents )