This is like cycle 3 of federated forums for me: UUCP, then USENET, and now...
Sadly, the cycle last long enough for everyone to forget about the old tech that did the job.
@UberGeek I think that is generally how it works with human society. The brainz work hard for something and build nice things. Once its done, the brainz get bored and go to do something else. So the idiots get to play with it and abuse it to opresse the brainz until the have had enough. Round and round it goes, on every level of society. Democracy and capitalism right now is at peek idoicy ( in my opinion)
@UberGeek I agree. Fidonet and Usenet where my first love. But let’s also not forget what this meant: no spam filters, no moderation except for killfiles which made some newsgroups unbearable for newbies without such killfiles, endless discussions when creating new newsgroups because it was all one namespace, there have been lessons learned and if we revisit old stuff, let’s make it better at the same time.
@UberGeek "Did the job" is a bit loose there. The job of being something like federated, sure, but not well suited to being usable at the scale the net grew to. At least in terms of ability to moderate content proactively, short of having your own private newsgroup server (which negates decentralisation).