So maybe, in the vein of ad blockers and subscribing to blocklists, we need host finders that allow us to subscribe to host lookup lists that we trust. A few simple rules for resolving conflicts (list priorities? show all options along with source list ident? dunno) and an equally simple API.
A more chaotic implementation would be to simply move back to the model(s) that folk used to find BBS numbers back in the day.
Word of mouth from friends.
Shout outs on those systems to others' systems.
Like webrings for name/IP lookups.
Of course, you'll still have your wardrivers like shodan, and your boomers who'll print 600 pages of paper to list the lookup tables in alphabetical order and sell it at Barnes and Noble for $49.99 every year.
Reminds me of the old Usenet days, of finding a host/service that both kept the groups in which one had interest and provided a long, long history instead of the past sixty days.
@thraeryn yeah, good point. it's very much the same vibe, and is probably a good indicator of part of what it is I feel like I'm missing "these days". There was a certain amount of "concentrating" of communities that occurred because of the resource limits that made "infinitely huge" communities impractical before the days of ubiquitous fast links and cheap storage.
getting a bit off-topic, but just a bit
The net needs curation. It did then; it does now.
It needs to be a place where anyone can put anything, but also where the cream rises to the top.
Algorithms don't know cream from whey.
@djsundog I miss human directories like NCSA whatsnew, or dmoz. I added a ton of stuff to dmoz, and used it for my main research links. Then AOL fucked it all up, incompetence or malice 50/50.
@djsundog this reminds me of pre-internet NSFnet. A person would download host files from an Archie server based on what they were interested in.
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