I’m concerned about the possibility, that SAFE Network encourages wasteful use of resources, such as energy and bandwidth. The reason for my concern is the plan, that downloading (browsing etc.) is free for the users, but paid to the farmers from networks purse.
In my opinion, there is a risk, that this would encourage the farmers to collude in order to maximize the rewards by maximizing the downloading of whatever files. While this may not be bad for the network, it could use too much of bandwidth to be sustainable. It could also make the system to use electricity just to make profit for the farmers. Are my concerns valid or not? Why?
In my opinion, the remedy would be to pay the farmers just for the space they provide and to not tie the reward to actual downloading. Their actual behaviour could and should be monitored, but the reward should not based on that. Or it should be in a way that the reward is paid for giving X amount of space for Y amount of time, no matter what happens in that vault during that time. But the network does not know time, so how to do it? Could there be a kind of “time” deducted from series of network events? Or is there another way to break the unbeneficial connection that is formed when farming rewards increases by the network usage?
Also, because it is the farmers action to give the space, but it is not his/hers decision what the network does with it, it would be fairer to reward all farmers equally according to their actions.