Just came across What is the difference between Swarm and IPFS? which looks like off topic to me.

off-topic because... This question does not appear to be about Ethereum, the crypto value and blockchain-based consensus network, within the scope defined in the help center.

How this came related to Ethereum, the crypto value and blockchain-based consensus network or am i missing something?

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Swarm is part of the Ethereum project itself. While I had my doubts that it is still under active development, Alex van de Sande just confirmed on reddit that Swarm still has some dedicated people working on it. This would make it on-topic.

IPFS might be a different story, while it is not officially part of Ethereum; it is frequently used in combination to build DApps. I'd say it is on-topic as long as it is used for Ethereum DApps.

  • I am also under the impression that Swarm is being discontinued since there is no news of it. Your answer makes sense as long as it being used in DApp development. I got confused with IPFS because its a different concept altogether for me.
    – niksmac
    Commented Mar 19, 2016 at 2:07
  • I think both are on-topic and SWARM is still being actively developed. It may also optionally allow for IPFS as it's underlying layer in the future, so IPFS should remain on topic. Commented Mar 21, 2016 at 16:56

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