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Cool story, and seems to make a lot of sense.

It brings up one thing I've been wondering about for a while already - I've always found that CouchDB's authentication feels more "bolted on" than anything else, and this is a nice use case where it doesn't fit.

I love Couch, but I'd have loved for the authentication scheme to be an entirely separate layer, more customizable and programmable, less "one per database, period.".

Such a design would probably cause all kinds of other problems again, though, but I wonder to what extent this has been thought through.

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