A while ago when Adam B. Levine asked for ideas before deciding on LTB forum, and LTBC, he mentioned “The Starfish & the Spider”. There was a presentation to Google, among a few other things in that discussion. At least one of which was a management system with the “Starfish” model. It allowed people to join in & work on any effort, review & be reviewed, get paid, etc… When LTB.com was updated, I think those discussions disappeared, and I haven’t found many of the things I read about in them since.
I’ve thought that a forum that could incorporate the same “starfish” model would be very useful, and I’d love to see something like it on SAFE Network.
Does anyone else remember this, or otherwise know about any of the projects that enabled people to run organizations with the “starfish” concept?
I got the idea to use the way back machine to try & find the discussion I was referring to. I don’t believe that I did (though I did find this), but I found links to leaderless, collaborative, organization, tools;
Unfortunately I can’t point to the one, or even tell if it’s one of these, that I remembered and was so intrigued by. I think about it on occasion when I think of sites like Github, or reddit, or any other forums. We desperately need an uncensorable forum, but at the same time, most people believe they’d be rendered useless with spam, and trolling. My thought was that the model I remembered reading about on the LTB forum could be used, so that the group of people who used the forum most, &/or maybe for the longest period, would have the most influence as to how it was managed. This system wouldn’t allow for any one person to censor, and if one, or a few, were to abuse their influence in the eyes of most, they’d lose their ability to influence (there was some sort of scoring system of the peers that was used to calculate who had the most influence).
I’m sure I’m not doing a great job of describing it. I was hoping that maybe someone else here remembered the discussion and could chime in. I also don’t know if it’s technically possible to build something like that in a decentralized forum.
Occasionally I think that if it were possible to create a decentralized forum, or cryptocurrency, with that “starfish” model of system in place, it might solve a few of the problems we have with both today.