@mivyx @Legion @kb1eea @femmesh @danielagotenna
Since GPS information can be spoofed, if there is an economic incentive to spoof it then it will happen. You can decide to make the incentive low enough that no one will care enough to do it, or maybe you try a different way to incentivize people.
I think credit/reputation is a decent system that has been shown to work in the past, however, I wonder how that would work if I decide to sell my goTenna units with a good reputation to someone else? Also, resetting one’s reputation can be as easy as getting a new email address, or in this case, a new wallet address for the incentive token.
In thinking about the network, there are three basic scenarios I think of…
In the image below, you have user A trying to send a message to user B through nodes N. In this scenario, if user A and B are too far apart, then without Node N1, this message does not make it so you want to incentivize the user who is running N1 for supplying the only link in a network that can get the message through.
In this next image, you have user A trying to send a message to user B through nodes N(1-7). This message has lots of different paths to get to user B, but you should most likely only incentivize the Nodes that the message passed through to get to user B. Presumably this would be some path like A->N1->B given that path has the least hops and should make it through the quickest…
And if you image a scenario like the one below, then you need to figure out how to give Node N1 more than any of the other nodes because once again, without that Node, the message goes no where.
This makes me think that as far as incentives go, you want to reward the Nodes that are setup in a location where they have the least number of upstream connections. I have no idea if this is possible to detect on the goTenna mesh network:)