This is a draft of what I'll hopefully be submitting to Rebooting Web of Trust. If anyone would like to take a look, constructive feedback welcome:
@emacsen Hey, thanks for putting this all down on paper! some thoughts:
- I don't understand what ocap inboxes achieves over the current ability of moderators and users to block individual actors. how does this meaningfully improve spam-fighting abilities?
- You mention two methods for "Closing the Relay Hole", which both seem very similar to the discussion on https://github.com/w3c/activitypub/issues/319. You seem to gloss over the backwards-compatibility issues though—have you put thought into how you would implement this?
It seems like anyone can request a new preferred inbox from me at any time, and then if they do so and abuse it, I can stop looking at messages sent to that inbox (like a burner phone number). But then the attacker can just request another inbox from me, right? I don't know ahead of time which stranger to grant/deny an inbox to; if I did, spam and harassment wouldn't be an issue.
You can look me up in the phone book and get my public number. That's the one that rings my secretary who screens my calls. He is a prickly fellow who doesn't like to bother me with crap.
But if I talk to someone, I can offer them a direct line to me- but those direct lines are (in your parlance) burner phones.
A checkbox next to someone that says "trust them" or something is what I imagine would happen to send them preferredInboxes. The rest would happen under the hood.
And your client could have a button "Introduce" that would do the other part too.
A regular user wouldn't need to know the OCAP theory and all that jazz.
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