This is what an anti-platform looks like (flowchart).

OTP = Oblivious Transfer Protocol

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The only thing missing in the diagram is a reverse web proxy running off the lower left-hand corner peer cloud to allow browsers to leech.

@ze I wish I could understand this by diagram alone, but I can't.

What is vfs?

How many of these aspects are running on the same server?

@redmaple Virtual file system. It simulates standard file system access as a hybrid between real files and braided ones. Allows for instant deployment.

All features work simultaneously on non-server grade hardware. Each layer is notoriously thin. The speed tests on OTP were stellar.

The "optimized vfs" on the top allows for clean rollbacks and instant forks (e.g. someone instantly forks a network and modifies it for their own network using the original network in the background)

@redmaple The only thing that might require some muscle is if you elect your app to be a processing delegate and is assigned as authorized by the author. The idea with the delegate is that it is always online and available to help crunch video files down for the author. Anything we have no immediate solution for in a completely decentralized way gets put off onto the delegates. However, the assigning of delegates by authors is completely decentralized.

@ze Ok let me see if I understand it in normie language.

The user downloads the local application on his device. The application connects to a network of peers (running the same application). The user selects media to watch/read, the media is downloaded from Delegates and the media is used within the app's virtual file system.

The user can make his app a Delegate for selected authors/media (similar to a seeder on torrents).

So Delegates act as servers

Is that an accurate normie big picture?

@redmaple Almost. Delegates work as a processing proxy for the author. e.g. imagine a case where an author is posting by cell phone. That video should be processed/reduced by something stronger somewhere in the network because cell phone compression sucks. The node doing that work is the delegate (assigned by the author and defaults to whatever node the network admin specifies as a courtesy for authors).

Rest in next post.

@redmaple The rest of your post is almost correct. The application connects to the peer network to download content *and only authors* talk directly to the delegate to post content. The diagram should specify that is an author-only pathway.

The vfs allows people with raw files (think to instantly deploy a network from those files. Everyone else stores them in braided form. The vfs just streamlines the code (the braiding is abstracted away from the programmer to prevent mistakes).

@redmaple I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your interaction. Some components aren't clear in the diagram and should have some color coding added (e.g. to highlight author-only pathways). Your feedback will help with upgraded versions to prevent confusion for others.

@redmaple Not to go full autistic, but there are a number of cool features this design allows.

Examples: The delegate can hide in the network. Nobody knows exactly where the delegate is. Even the author might not know as the delegate is identified by node key (possibly with a signed Tor onion) instead of IP. It''s up for debate if delegates can allow direct IP connection from authors. e.g. imagine a scenario where an author trusts someone but doesn't know their server IP.

@ze No problem re: helping by interaction

So is this completely free of a central server? No login server or no listing server? No directory server?

@redmaple One you are connected to the network you should be able to stay connected to and post/retrieve content free of centralization. Authors posting via delegates quasi-centralizes authority for that author (e.g. delegate can post on author's behalf for mirroring, etc...) but authors can assign new delegates in a completely decentralized way freeing them of central authority.

The choke point will be finding peers when you first go online. The case with all decentralized apps.

@ze Ok. Sounds good. An author can be his own delegate too right? As long as he is not posting from a mobile phone.

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