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Is there any document that details how ripple works? Something like "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Currency"[1]. I browsed the site and right now it looks like a lot of individual wiki pages. Surely there is a defining document?

[1] http://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf

I got these from someone on reddit:

Those are about Ryan Fugger's Ripple, not the new Ripple. The new Ripple does include the peer-to-peer credit of the original Ripple. But there are major differences. For example, the new Ripple is positioned initially as a payment system competing with things like PayPal and checks.

snippet of email from Ryan Fugger Sep last year (2012) seems relevant

.. group would like to take over the Ripple project and call their system "Ripple". They have offered me xx for this, which would give them ownership of all Ripple software I've written...[and] ripplepay.com domains... I could continue my work independently, but I would need to give it a different name.

not sure how much use but fwiw heres my video explaining ripplepay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySzqM5dpF7s from 2010.. before the 'new' ripple but same exact idea

Did you read my comment? When I referred to a bunch of wiki pages I was referring to (among others) the page you linked to. Are you saying that page is on par with the bitcoin paper? That's a little flimsy for a specification. Are people supposed to refer to that page's wiki revision number[1] and the fifteen other pages that are incorporated by reference/linking?

RTFA? Cool your jets bro...

[1] https://ripple.com/wiki/index.php?title=How_it_works&old...

Sorry, I didn't read your comment carefully. I do think the Ripple wiki has a similar level of detail to the original Bitcoin paper, although I'm not a big fan of either one.

HN would be a lot better place if more people were like you and had the class+decency to recognize their error and say "sorry." I wish I could upvote your comment 100 times.

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