@silverpill Hey, it's cool you checked this out. I've been following your work on Mitra and it's really impressive!
Re: payments and subscriptions, have you checked already the Unlock Protocol (https://unlock-protocol.com)?
Re: the idea from the post, I wouldn't make with crypto/web3. First, because there is already a project doing something similar for crypto, gitcoin. Second, this would *benefit* from having intermediaries and build social trust. There is some clash with the crypto ethos.
In short: there are plenty of systems where people *want* to rely on a third-party to deal with the complexity and to work be their proxy. I've written about it on https://twitter.com/rlullis/status/1307420668372430848
@silverpill I agree about the "governance theater", but I'd say you are being too cynical about the rest... The frontend is open source, it is not their fault if "no one will make a different frontend". The important thing is composability anyway, frontends matter little: same with Uniswap and most of the main DeFi projects, users worry about contracts having bugs and locking funds. At this stage of development, having upgradeable contracts seems less risky.
@silverpill you can fork without any issue. The CLA is standard procedure in companies that need to keep track of copyright.
As for their frontend, it is only used for those that want to mint the locks. Those that want to buy the NFT/get access to a site don't need to visit it.
I'm trying to think what you'd do differently that would make the system "more open"...
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