14 February 2023 update I will be closing Traverse down on or after 21st February. Channels will be cooperatively closed at a time when on-chain fees are low. If you have an on-going liquidity arrangement, then i'll compensate you at a rate of 100ppm for each remaining month. Please send me an invoice by 28th Feb for 100ppm x months remaining x liquidity amount. I'll process them after 28 Feb. The invoice must point to the public key of your server. Make sure our invoice has a suitably long expiry time! I opened Traverse in December to understand more about the Lightning network and discover ways to improve it. I discovered that there is a strong price gradient across the network, and the incentives for node operators don't lend themselves to reducing that price gradient. The price gradient tends to cause liquidity to be trapped in channels, and most is unlikely to take part in transactions. Indeed, under these circumstances, the liquidity is a lure for potential transaction routes, but it is available only in one direction, and overwhelmingly the wrong direction causing routing failures. I attempted sociological means to encourage node operators to pass liquidity through the network to improve the whole system. This met with only limited success. I attempted to reach out to LND developers. but they seem to be conflicted; offering services to supposedly reduce the problems as opposed to implementing the necessary protocol-level changes. Observations: It is not good for the network for node operators to be overly concerned with node centrality. Liquidity balance in channels is more important. Node recommenders need to re-focus on price gradients which leads to directional lack of liquidity and high prices. Node operators tend to hold on to liquidity as opposed to passing it on for the good of the network, and active encouragement is needed even in a swap agreement with such a stipulation. The protocol must incorporate a dual-funding mechanism by default, where the channel opening takes on-chain funds from both ends. This can certainly be implemented by requiring submarine swaps on channel openings. Other, better methods may exist. This will flatten the price gradient across the network and make channel opening more fair. A unidirectional channel balanced via routing half the channel opening funds through the network is worse than useless to the network. Price increases in channels block them for hours due to the lethargic propagation of fee information. LN has great potential. LN developers providing potentially profitable services as a band-aid for the shortcomings of the network protocol hold back the development of the network. Such services form a conflict of interest. I may come back to LN to contribute ideas and try to fix these problems, but having coins in a hot wallet mostly stuck tight in the ends of liquidity channels doesn't compensate for the attendant risk of keeping coin in a hot wallet, so it would be on a much smaller scale. Thank you friends!
Hubness Rank: 922
Weighted for channel sizes: 602
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Hopness Rank: 970
Weighted for channel sizes: 957
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Betweenness Rank: 1660
Weighted for channel sizes: 1499
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Triangle Capacity: 15,000,000 SATView Swap ID: 14391
Triangle Capacity: 15,000,000 SATView Swap ID: 14132
Triangle Capacity: 10,000,000 SATView Swap ID: 13691
Triangle Capacity: 10,000,000 SATView Swap ID: 13666
Triangle Capacity: 10,000,000 SATView Swap ID: 13635
This bitcoin lightning network node identified by the pubkey: 039c7031ec94c21d9903da8819fdf9de85b5cba07d10d91d6391324b96f5df1442 also known by the alias: Traverse 🚅 is accessible on the lightning network address: firstname.lastname@example.org:9735 and email@example.com:9735 .
The node has 8 channels, and a total channel capacity of: 54,000,000 Satoshis, which is equivalent to ~0.54 BTC. The node's hex color is #741986. The information regarding this node and it channels has been updated last on 2023-03-09 02:15:48 UTC.
This node page has been claimed by user: Traverse and has been verified through a digital signature as well. The user has created their account 9 months ago, and has been last seen about 1 month ago.
The user has participated in 10 swaps on LightningNetwork+. The node operator has opened 10 channels to LN+ users through Swaps. The user has received 10 positive ratings from other users. The user has generously donated to LN+ to support the operation of the site.
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