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Great and thorough analysis of attack vectors of early curation market designs and are the considerations that informed our design. As Vitalik concludes, identity is the ultimate solution, but I do believe there exists a design space for systems that work and have weaker identity requirements. Identity can be context depended, and a whole network of pseudonymous users can be built around a few strong identities. This is what the Relevant Reputation system enables. This concept is sometimes referred to as a 'web of trust'. If I trust you I also trust your close friends. I don't need to know your friends identities in order to trust them. We rely on this type of dynamic all the time in the real world. It won't give a strong security guarantees so you shouldn't rely on such a mechanism to safe-keep your crypto bags, but its perfectly suitable for low-stakes cases like content curation.
I had an exchange with a VC blogger back in the day when you could have those in blog comment sections. He was involved with funding Disqus and so also an advocate. My disagreement was over the "real name" approaches to identity. He suggested that an anonymous or, at least, confidential identity could be maintained and could build trust over time which I thought was a good solution for building reputation in social settings.
Exactly - there are many cases where it beneficial to keep your legal identity private, and also have different identities for engaging in different communities.