Hello guys, I might be a lonely voice here but I think we should put some time thinking about this. There are certain resources that should be under the control of Maidsafe, especially the official looking websites and the translations.
Those who have been in the forum for a while might remember what happened to our first official forum: forum.safenetwork.io which was owned by dallyshalla.
I bet nobody expected that such a fervent supporter would turn 180° against us, I certainly didn’t.
We are kinda lucky that dallyshalla was just an asshole and not someone with a malicious agenda, there was nothing we could have done if he had decided to infect users with malware usurping and staining the reputation of this project.
This is not only a branding issue, it is also a potential security issue.
We should really start caring about branding, it is not a superfluous corporate term, it actually boils down about building and protecting an identity that people can trust… and one of the main techniques to accomplish this is to minimize any potential source of confusion for the potential consumer/adopter.
I think it would hit the right balance if Maidsafe owned the official-looking domains and sites, while delegating its management to the community. The ownership will provide an emergency break if anything goes awry.
Only the links owned/controlled by Maidsafe should be used in promotional campaigns, as we don’t know what will happen to the links owned by third-parties in the future.
Other community efforts should be clearly identified as such, and not as official sites.
Prevention is always going to be cheaper and less messy than damage control, and we had enough of that, haven’t we?
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - Santayana