I have a major problem.
I’ve been trying to keep track of all these decentralized, peer-to-peer projects. I already use Bitcoin Core and Bisq as core components, but as for all the others, they seem absolutely dead when I try them out. As in, nobody actually using them. As a result, no matter what they promise in theory, their practical use is zero. With no users, it doesn’t matter if it uses the best encryption and security in the world. With no users, there is no point whatsoever for me to install stuff and keep track of their news.
I want to use decentralized things where I don’t have an account at any company/website, but only private keys created on my computer. But I have no interest in continuously wasting my time trying out things which has no users.
I’ve gone through countless of them, and it always ends in the same way: I conclude that it’s a ghost town and even the developers/core community is barely interested in answering questions or using it, and my enthusiasm dies completely.
I’m now exhausted. I do not wish to keep trying things out and trying to keep track of what is real and what is nonsense. I wish I could just get some kind of webpage which lists all major decentralized projects and how many estimated/actual users (not what they are claiming) they have. I suspect that there is not a single such project worthy of listing right now, but whenever it grows enough to be listed, I want to know about it.
As you can hear, I have given up on the idea of trying to be an “early adopter”. It’s meaningless to be early when nobody else ever comes. I just waste my time and energy.
I’m trying to be notified when, and only when, one of these projects ever “takes off”. It has yet to happen for any of them.