protocol.club/~datagrok belongs to Michael F. Lamb.
My personal website is http://datagrok.org. I also have an account on tilde.town http://tilde.town/~datagrok and I am @datagrok on Twitter.
In my spare time, I’m working on a personal project called Dialogue, which is the composition of several sub-projects:
Storage, a protocol and interface to content-addressable document storage, for both local archival and distributed publication.
Opinions, a data exchange protocol for a distributed network of metrics, based on Storage, which may implement distributed trust, message and user “karma”, and collaborative blocking of toxic users and content.
Avatar, a data format compatible with Storage and Opinions for pseudonymous Internet identity and reputation.
Messaging, an asyncronous messaging system that takes advantage of Storage to implement distributed messaging and IM2000-style electronic mail. Combined with Avatar and Opinions, it enables powerful filtering; we treat toxicity, bullying, harassment, threats, spam, and other malicious activity as first-class problems to solved with forethought, not afterthought. Furhermore, it specifies encryption and signatures as default.
Document, a data specification for rich-text documents that, combined with Storage, enables location-independent citations and verifiable quoting without redundant copies or brittle and inconsistent quote-formatting. When combined with Messaging it further enables cross-site and even cross-media threaded discussions. Combined with Opinions, cross-site threaded discussions with powerful filtering and abuse mitigation.
I believe all forms of asynchronous messaging on the Internet are essentially the same, and so could converge into a single protocol.
In the absence of authentication, communication should still occur as if authenticated, but describe the channel as insecure. Upon such time that authentication becomes possible, it may be applied retroactively. See derat.