I propose that the community here try to keep a list of altcoins. There are a few on the web, but none of them are comprehensive. I read some where that there are over 90 altcoins, but any list I have seen has never listed more than 50. I think this is the best list currently available. This one is pretty good too.
The first consideration is how the list will be organized. I see two possible ways that are useful:
- Organize by use and popularity
- Organize by type, relative to Bitcoin
Number one is straight forward and easy to tell. There would be categories such as Large, medium, small, new and dead.
Number two is a little more in depth and I honestly don't have the knowledge about altcoins to even suggest categories, except that I understand Ripple is centrally controlled, where bitcoin is not, so that can be a category, and that Litecoin is "Script" not "SHA-256".
I see no reason, of course, to not make a hybrid of each organization style. I see no reason to not have categories of both, or even have the same list twice, but organized differently.
If we make the list, I suggest that we link to questions tagged for that coin, if they exist. We should also link to any official sites, if they exist. Wikipedia articles might be a good idea, again, if they exist.
Organization within categories can go any number of ways, but alphabetized is easiest and never changes and also avoids arguments.
So here is an example format:
Litecoin (Tagged Questions) (Official site) (Wikipedia)
Namecoin (Tagged Questions) (Official site) (Wikipedia)
Ripple (Tagged Questions) (Official site) (Wikipedia)
Now there's only one question left: Should this be on meta or the main site? I'm in favor of the main site simply because it will get more exposure. Community wiki avoids the rep problem and invites new users to add new coins we don't know about.
Any takers to get us started?