26 Sep 2021 [services]

Sparrow Messenger PoC met with skepticism over bloat and fees

dvd2801 recently proposed a new utility for Monero, as a censorship resistant private messaging platform2.

Today he announced3 Sparrow Messenger4, a proof-of-concept C++ barebone module for enabling private communication through the Monero blockchain:

Alice and Bob want to communicate privately.
Each of them has their own primary address.
Both want to establish a private way to communicate.
Each of them creates a secondary Monero address, and shares it only with the other.

For every character the user sends, a transaction fee is claimed by the networks miners.5

The community reacted with skepticism, pointing at several issues that might arise, mainly:

rbrunner76 pointed out the recent Monero transaction flood incident7:

Somebody made nearly 400,000 transactions, paid around USD 1,000 for it, and produced around 600 additional MB in the blockchain. For basically a joke, as the analysis seems to hint at. Now thousands of people have to store that half gig on their harddisk as long as they use Monero, i.e. maybe decades. And everybody who syncs from scratch has to go through those 400,000 nonsense transactions.8

HoboHaxor9 commented:

I prefer my encrypted communications to be ephemeral, not last until the end of the universe.10

AnarkioCrypto11 urged the community to defend the status quo:

Please keep Monero as private, financially inclusive, KYC-free money. That’s why it exists.12

You can share your feedback for the dev in the discussion thread3 or by engaging with in the code repository4.

  1. https://github.com/dvd280 

  2. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pqm1tq/monero_is_not_a_currency_at_all_its_a_censorship 

  3. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pvpgsr/i_created_a_c_module_for_encrypted_communication/  2

  4. https://github.com/dvd280/sparrow-messenger  2

  5. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pvpgsr/i_created_a_c_module_for_encrypted_communication/hebqr3o/?context=3 

  6. https://libredd.it/user/rbrunner7 

  7. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pvm634/fingerprinting_a_flood_forensic_statistical/ 

  8. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pvpgsr/i_created_a_c_module_for_encrypted_communication/hebqxp6/?context=3 

  9. https://libredd.it/user/HoboHaxor 

  10. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pqm1tq/monero_is_not_a_currency_at_all_its_a_censorship/hdc9szk/?context=3 

  11. https://libredd.it/user/AnarkioCrypto 

  12. https://libredd.it/r/Monero/comments/pqm1tq/monero_is_not_a_currency_at_all_its_a_censorship/hdd8rir/?context=3