I’ve registered this forum account, got “trusted” enough to actually run the SAFE Browser in its alpha stage, surfed to a couple of safe:// sites and created my own safe:// test site. So far, it’s working as I expected, with the exception of the infuriating idea of not remembering the “secret” and “password” fields, as well as a very “unpolished” experience at this stage, including an extremely messy series of websites lacking downloads even for pages that appear to be download pages, and documentation split up into a million locations.
One question whose (chat room) reply really bothered me was this:
“So how do I delete my test “public id” as they call them (I call them “domains”)?”
“You cannot delete anything on the SAFE network.”
From that point, a long back-and-forth followed without the SAFE expert answering the basic question, asked over and over:
“Why can’t you delete YOUR OWN content, that YOU OWN?”
Note: I’m NOT talking about deleting random content. Only about the stuff that the SAFE network has established is YOUR content, because you have the “secret key”, so to speak.
Why shuffle around dead, inaccessible data perpetually, which even the owner doesn’t wanna keep? WHY? It doesn’t make sense. I can’t believe this inane design decision is actually part of SAFE, because the rest seems to be so sensible.
Google pissed me off beyond words when they refused to let me delete an AdWords campaign in 2004 or something. Not sure if they ever enabled you to do that, but their attitude was like: “We know better than you. You are to SAVE this and be HAPPY that we STORE it for you. You are NOT deleting ANYTHING, even if YOU made it, YOU are the only person who will ever see it in any way in practice, and YOU really are bothered by it. It doesn’t matter. You’re our bitch. You will keep it once you created it. You don’t get to delete or even hide it. We own you. Understood?”
As you can imagine, I got furious when the “Web Hosting Manager” SAFE APP didn’t have any “delete” button or anything. That’s what prompted me to attempt to look into this, but nobody has managed to give any sort of explanation that makes any sense. I really get the feeling that the secret purpose of a lot of software is not to provide something useful, but to fuck with and anger the users. Not saying that this is the case with SAFE, but it really gets me angry when I even suspect this kind of attitude.
If this truly is a conscious choice and design decision, believe me: it won’t fly. And there is ZERO technical reason why it “must be this way”, which I suspect will be a reply. No, it doesn’t. The whole point is that SAFE automatically and securely knows which “account” owns data… or so I thought.