A recent post on the decentralization list.

>I do agree that a system based on unsolicited requests for your
>attention will devolve into spam at some point.

There's a social paradox here that systems like Linkedin attempt to

There are a lot of people who:-
- Want to network and receive unsolicited approaches from people who can
provide mutual benefit.
- Don't want to receive spam and want to be able to block unsolicited
approaches from people who are a PITA.

What we need for this is systems that allow "arms length" initial
communication. Something that allows the progressive opening up of
layers of protection as the relationship deepens. The problem with email
addresses now seems to be that they are binary. Keep them secret or be
deluged by spam with nothing in between.

"True Names" comes to mind here as does all the work on anonymous

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