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Some registries:

Apparently there is no place where I can register that my body parts are large enough, thank you.

Registries try to solve a coordination problem, a search problem, a certification problem. But they only work well when they achieve sufficent scale to capture the network effects that make them valuable to their users. A successful registry becomes a standard; the standard way to answer a some class of questions. EBay has managed to do that for junk.

Registry design gets a lot more interesting when you want to control who’s
allowed to know what when. It gets more interesting when you start trying to standardize broadly what questions people can ask.

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