What is your take on " isppa " ? Stake pool Mafia in the makes or???? ATTN: Charles aka Gandalf of ADA what say you wise wizard ?
Earlier it was brought to our attention on telegram there is a group forming that calls themselves "ISPPA" Inter Stake Pool Peering Agreement ,
members: AHLNET AIJOU ANP BAKE BAKE2 BCSH CALM CHEAP CHKN CLIO1 COOL CSP ELMO HAPPY HRBR HRMA HRMS ITALY KIWI LIEBE LOVE MERRY MONKY SAND SEXY SEXY69 SOBIT STACKSTDN STR8 VIPER
sounds harmless at first glance but this group can quickly become something i assumed this project was against centralization.
Sure on the top when you give the site the old scratch and sniff it seems fresh new and with good intent.... but if you dig around what do you find?
For me it brings up more questions than answers:
Why attempt to build a large group like this in an organized effort?
Shouldn't the protocol be handling this ?
Why were these selected pools added to the group? This is fairly easy they are larger pools that have had high amounts of stake and have seen staggering numbers of blocks.
What happens if one of these pools does something the group does not agree with? do they get banned and blocked at the ip level like other pools in the early days of the ITN?
Does this defeat the exact thing the magic bullet "pledge" is supposed to ward off for main net?
How to we protect the network from groups like this forming a coordinated attack on the network?(pledge does not protect from this type of attack imo.)
Sure seems possible this could quickly be formed into an organized group aka "Pool Mafia" that feels they should use their group and size to swing the network in a way they feel... This can come into play in the future with voting.
What steps should be taken to make sure Cardano remains decentralized and immune to large groups forming and creating these attacks or is there away to even do this?
Why in this age of internet is there not an obfuscation layer built-in to Cardano node to mask the stake pools ip address as another layer of node protection ? Would it stop groups from forming no but it would stop the peering being used as a reason and add another layer of protection to the network by not allowing the nodes to be scanned or "direct" routes to other "friendly" nodes in a group and it would stop nodes from being fire walled or directly targeted by denial of service attacks.
Whats your take is this good or bad for the network ? What ideas or safety checks and balances can we build or does there need to be any in the future?
What gives these pools the right to be an exclusive club and attempt to have better routes or preferred treatment in relation to any other given pool on this network?
Lovelacepool [L❤️VE] <- thats a zero
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The Cardano (ADA) network will perform a scheduled upgrade on Feb. 20 to introduce Ouroboros BFT, an improved consensus mechanism. The update is an intermediate step between the current Byron era and Shelley, which will introduce staking on mainnet.