At the moment the ethereum based wallet address as the username for poh is not that useable for humans.
I am suggesting that we develop a proof of humanity user address masking system that helps us more easily market the project in the public domain.
Twitter @ signs are user-centric not human-centric. .eth addresses are focused on ethereum and are open to signposting in any direction. Having a specific human-centred address format would create a new standard for humans that could be used for all platforms across the new human-centred web. Arguably it would become the most important user name we have.
Ultimately users could be given a generic username unless they choose to burn tokens to choose their own. If the platform were launched on say the 1 year anniversary of the project then a bidding process could be used for shorter and more popular names etc. Having a strong marketplace for identity would create a reason for wealthy people who care about username visual to buy a lot of ubi to win the bidding. The wallet address could still be the core identity under the hood but people could trade the username masking in a similar way to .eth addresses now. That would mean people could buy and sell their mask names which would give more opportunity to burn ubi as a % of commission of any trade.
There will be issues with people passing off famous people’s identity to make money etc but these will have to be dealt with under the kleros platform.
Username acquisition is one of the biggest FOMO areas for any new platform. Using this dynamic to create a strong early financial platform for $ubi
Beyond this there are lots of market opportunities in supporting the avatarisation of POH. Whether this is part of the core identity platform or as part of the ecosystem of use cases that occur around POH remains to be seen.
The important thing is that the platform needs to find multiple ways to create value out of thin air to reverse the deflationary path that distributing 24 ubi per day for every user. With 7.8 billion humans a username masking would create some addresses that sell for ridiculous sums of money.
I live in an island community/country of 63000 people. The car number plate 007 sold for £250,000.00 alone. Vanity is a human feature that we must look to leverage to help the platform succeed. The top names could sell for hundreds of millions of dollars ultimately.
The prospect of this being on the roadmap would create a significant early reason for people to accumulate $ubi whilst the value is low so that they can make large bids for important username real estate on the anniversary.
It is just a crazy idea to create value from nothing. I’d be interested in discussions/ideas/improvements or reasons not to do this.