It's been a few weeks now that I really want to implement a simpler version of Gemini. Much more for fun and learning than for anything else. This simpler version would essentially remove the need for TLS, and strip down gemtext to only links.
Why? I love Gopher, but it's not possible to allow virtual hosting with it. I also prefer the way Gemini approach document navigation. It feels more natural (to me) than gophermaps and itemtypes. So I'd be curious to see.
I was surprised to find out that solderpunk thought of something similar. He called it the Mercury protocol. I might be experimenting with it in the coming days to see what it could look like.