One of the big selling points for me on this network, validators staking their identities. This really got me thinking and excited. A novel construct and when I first read about it in Polkadot - I was totally jazzed about what one could potentially do with this in terms of finality and performance (basically a permissioned but still fully public Blockchain - whoa).
But then there’s a question about what exactly does it mean to stake one’s identity? Does this mean we have our Name, an email, some government attestation (e.g.: a notary commission number), bio perhaps, and a mailing address that we can be (maybe) reached at?
I’d like to focus on the address. I was, might be wrong, that our address needed to be completely under our control. i.e. Our home address. Sure, you could say that one’s state does not require this - but I’m more wondering what do token holders expect? What does the “network” expect? What is meant by “address”- what’s the spirit of the ‘law’ if you will; whereby ‘law’ is what the entire network feels in necessary.
Granted, I understand that we need to be aware of potentially nomadic validators in the future - without a physical address. I know many friends that live out of their backpack - going from one programming gig to another.
This is a complex topic - one that I’d like to unpack and put to rest. What does the ‘network’ understand is meant by the idea of “address” and I realize that we probably are not hitting the entire network via this channel - nonetheless, I think we need to start to analyze this.