I agree and some of us have suggested this in the past. I think against this view are a few things:
- habit, personal preferences and existing links which are hard to change
- a belief by some that gitter is more in tune with Solid than a forum like this, though I’m not sure why
- the belief that rather than move here we should build on Solid, so why move here, but there’s little sign of Solid replacements being worked on or being viable for the foreseeable future
- a general lack of engagement and openness on the part of Inrupt with people outside the old circle and it’s own employees
None of this is news unfortunately, and every time it is raised … there’s little or no response from Inrupt or even @timbl, certainly no positive change.
We don’t even get updates here on what they are doing. It’s very poor community relationship and community building IMO. Makes me really appreciate that this is hard to do, needs proper coordinated long term effort, and makes me realise how amazing Maidsafe are at doing exactly this with far fewer resources. Everything about them and the SAFE Network is driven to decentralise, whereas Solid seems in thrall to capitalist business models. I’m not saying it is, but the contrast makes it look like that’s the case.
Even the recent project announcement with Manchester looks out of place - apparently in danger of putting children’s very personal medical data on an experimental technology that has unsolved privacy and security issues, which are not discussed openly by Inrupt or Tim. Again, I don’t say this is the case, but there is nowhere to disuss those concerns because they are either ignored, or people get criticised for raising them, rather than engaged with. Again, total contrast to Maidsafe.
Inrupt and Solid are missing out on a lot of value as a result of this approach (which I believe is too startup and businesslike for a decentralising project). That’s a big loss for, and out of step with a project that has decentralisation and empowerment at its heart.
For a while I thought, it’s just going to take them a bit of time to get their act together, but there’s no sign of this happening. In fact efforts to engage the whole community, which were evident have all but disappeared. It gives the appearance of a deeper problem that we have no information about and that the community are not seen as part of the solution.