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1  Other / Meta / Plagiarism is on the rise - be vigilant. on: September 20, 2018, 10:22:37 AM
It would seem that many of the deranked newbies, instead of learning a little bit about the forum and trying to make a single good post, have just resorted to frank plagiarism instead. Can't say I'm surprised. I've reported (and mods have banned) 10+ new topics in just the last hour or so, all from newbies with 200+ posts and 0 merit, that were just straight copy-and-paste jobs.

I would encourage everyone to turn on "Show post count" (Profile - Forum Profile Information - Show post count by posts). If you see anything well written by a newbie with lots of posts and zero merit, be suspicious of plagiarism - if they had been writing well for hundreds of posts, chances are they would have been merited by now. More often than not their entire post history is one-line spam and bounty reports until 2 days ago.
2  Economy / Reputation / Users abusing merit to level up their alts to Junior Member on: September 17, 2018, 08:49:06 PM
Been keeping an eye on the recent merit page today.

Have found the following users abusing their merit to rank up many newbie accounts, usually for insubstantial posts. I wonder why that could be?  Roll Eyes

lin0sspice - BPIP Merit Page

unamis76 - BPIP Merit Page

Vinylriff - BPIP Merit Page

jjoshua - BPIP Merit Page

Mysterious01 - BPIP Merit Page

zanzibar - BPIP Merit Page

Prettymie - BPIP Merit Page

dumbtool45 - BPIP Merit Page

nick777 - BPIP Merit Page

foserfox - BPIP Merit Page

Asurmen - BPIP Merit Page
In addition to leveling up a few newbies himself, this user has funneled some merit via two other accounts that have also used it to level up newbies:
Kuflama - BPIP Merit Page
amorfuse - BPIP Merit Page

babicena14 - BPIP Merit Page


Feel free to use this thread to list other offenders.
3  Other / Meta / Question about reports in trashed threads on: September 15, 2018, 08:25:25 PM
A couple of days ago I went through the thread of an ICO that had been busted as a scam, and reported all the "Great project", "Nice team", "Looks good" type posts.

Looking at my report list today, it seems the entire thread was trashed for offering an incentive to bump. The first 20 or so reports were marked as good, but the last 9 were marked as bad.

If a thread is trashed, are all outstanding reports in it marked as bad?
4  Economy / Scam Accusations / Netsolar - Plagiarism - Scam on: September 13, 2018, 08:20:03 PM
ICO Name: Netsolar Network

ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5028065.0
Archived: https://archive.is/UZBJr

Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2391287

Website: https://www.netsolar.tech/
Archived: https://archive.is/5qdQn

Reason: Plagiarism - Their entire whitepaper (available here: https://www.netsolar.tech/whitepaper/Whitepaper.pdf) is literally copied word for word from the following sources, and maybe others:


Side by side comparison (Netsolar on the left, source material on the right):









5  Economy / Reputation / Group of likely alt accounts promoting scams on: September 13, 2018, 09:56:40 AM
So, after we busted bataoucheusma for his fake ICO (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5024437.0), he suddenly got 3 positive trusts left to him in the same day, from users hardcod3r, bithashx, and meegaa.

All three of these accounts were bumping this scam with an hour or two of it being posted, as you can see here (Archive: https://archive.is/PmL3C):





Looking back at their previous posts, bithashx posted an ICO for a project called "Bithash" here, which now has a dead website, twitter, telegram and Eth address - another likely scam. Three of these users show up again within minutes of each other to bump the topic as you can see here (Archive: https://archive.is/y5Dhp):





There is also another account bithashp with obviously a very similar name, that was created, made no posts, left bataoucheusma positive trust, and then was never active again.

What do we think? Is this enough evidence to tag these accounts?
6  Economy / Scam Accusations / GigaCash - Plagiarism - Scam on: September 12, 2018, 03:35:51 PM
ICO Name: GigaCash

ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5027292.0
Archived: https://archive.is/VMtpI

Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2150646

Website: https://gigacash.org/
Archived: https://archive.fo/QgrhT

Reason: Plagiarism




What is Grafium [GRAF]?

Grafium is an open source cryptocurrency that focuses on privacy, speed, decentralization and community decisions.
Grafium uses the QUARK algorithm with POS consensus and Masternodes to create a secure network with full nodes across
the globe, this ensures the network is decentralized and no one person has control or ownership. Unlike most other
currencies, decisions on Grafium’s future are made by the community.





PROJECT PLANS

We have many short and long term plans. We want to start by building a strong community as this is the main thing that fuels
any projects success with marketing and awareness. Our long term goal is mass adoption and to be one of the top coins by 2020
with multiple online partnerships.

SHORT TERM:
- Build a strong community
- Marketing and Awareness
- Masternodes and staking
- Staking Pool partnerships
- Exchange Partnerships
- Improve Grafium


LONG TERM:
- Top 100 by 2020 (2 years)
- Mass adoption
- Wide scale application
- 2500 + Masternodes
- Community Projects
- Online shop Partnerships





PRE-SALE

We will be holding a pre-sale on the Grafium Discord, selling masternode packages to generate funds for the future of Grafium.
Funds raised in the pre-sale will be used for exchange listings, marketing, partnerships and the development of Grafium, this will
contribute to the future of Grafium.

All early investors benefit due to the highest rewards being at the beginning and only decreasing from there on, making for a very
profitable investment.
7  Economy / Scam Accusations / TripEcoSys - Fake Team - Scam on: September 09, 2018, 11:37:45 AM
ICO Name: TripEcoSys

ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5024916.0
Archived: https://archive.is/L8iTI

Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1752131

Website: https://www.tripecosys.com/
Archived: https://archive.is/h1Bne

Reason: Fake team




Lets take a closer look at their CEO:




His hair sure looks funny. Almost as if it's been photoshopped...



Source: https://people.ceu.edu/brandon_krueger
8  Economy / Scam Accusations / QovarCoin ICO - Fake Team - Scam on: September 05, 2018, 10:31:27 PM
ICO Name: QovarCoin

ANN Tread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5014293.0
Archived: https://archive.is/LR5tX

Profile: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=2296748

Website: https://qovar.com/

Reason: Fake team






Source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160908/NEWS07/160909849/ex-paper-source-ceo-pofcher-is-interim-ceo-of-protein-bar




Source: https://biography.omicsonline.org/united-states-of-america/l-catterton/jun-wang-548838




Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-almeida/
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Firefox To Block Tracking And Hidden Mining By Default In Future Versions on: September 01, 2018, 12:45:23 PM
https://bloqwire.com/firefox-to-block-tracking-and-hidden-mining-by-default-in-future-versions/

This is a nice development, and they are also blocking third party cookies, tracking and browser fingerprinting by default. Now obviously you should have configured your Firefox to already do all these things, but its a nice development for your average Joe that doesn't really understand crypto, security or privacy that well.

Provided you aren't already using something better like Tor, I would encourage everyone to move away from browsers like Chrome and towards Firefox for your own privacy and security.
10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / New EOS Bug Steals Resources Directly From Users on: August 28, 2018, 11:37:52 AM
https://blocklr.com/news/eos-bug-stealing-ram-from-users/

So we can add that to the following list of EOS "features":

Accounts can be frozen with no notice or recourse
Funds can be confiscated with no notice or recourse
Transactions can be reversed with no notice or recourse
Centralized
Double spending
5% inflation

At this point, you have to be wilfully ignorant to buy, own or hold EOS. EOS is an embarrassment. Sell this scam coin ASAP.
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / $300 million transferred for 4 cents in fees! on: June 28, 2018, 01:07:07 PM
Have a look at this transaction: https://www.blockchain.com/btc/tx/39afcad6c4d0713ed291014315c4dcf2d81334275218c28fd354af45b7395c61.

$300 million transferred, fees of $0.04, confirmation in 4 minutes.

Now imagine the hoops you would have to jump through to transfer $300 million in fiat, the days of delays, the fees, the people you would have to discuss it with first, etc.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / VeChain Foundation announce their Mainnet Launce Timelime on: June 21, 2018, 07:22:28 PM
https://twitter.com/vechainofficial/status/1009799751791886336

Includes mobile wallet, token swap and Ledger implementation. Big news for VeChain and big news for crypto in general - VeChain is leading the way in integrating blockchain technology with business and enterprise.
13  Economy / Scam Accusations / Linked accounts attempting scam to steal seed phrase - DT members please tag on: June 11, 2018, 08:02:46 PM
The accounts frencisfm and WSIromb are promiting a Youtube video that directs people to enter their seed phrase on a scam website (btccash-blockchain.info) under the promise of claiming free Bitcoin Cash.

The thread in question: http://archive.li/XQe23

The Youtube video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prY5Ghej3EM

I have tagged them both, but would appreicate a DT tag as well.
14  Other / Meta / New new ultimate guide to ranking up as fast as possible (MODERATOR IN 7 WEEKS) on: April 01, 2018, 07:08:07 AM
We have all by now seen the theymos’ New new rank requirements.

Previously a lot of people were posting questions about the ranking system, so I decided to simplify it. Just put the highest-order 10 bits of each number into a grid in this configuration:

Then run Conway's Game of Life on the cells. If the cells never stop moving even after infinite steps, then you advance to the next rank.

And so I present:

o_e_l_e_o’s Ultimate guide to ranking up as fast as possible with minimum effort.

The stats we will be using to rank up are activity (same as before), imagination (number of images posted), virtue (see quote from theymos below), and coins (how many different coins you have invested in). This guide does not require any merit, smerit, fmerit, politeness OR karma, so you can continue to shitpost, spam and scam and still rank up!

The seven virtues are chastity, temperence, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Any true Bitcoiner will fully exemplify all seven virtues, of course.

Week 1 (Newbie to Junior):

Make a single post with a single picture and being kind to one person to earn exactly one activity, one imagination and one virtue. Invest in one coin only. Your grid will look like this:



Week 2 (Junior to Member):

Repeat the above post. Buy another coin. Your grid will look like this:



Week 3 (Member to Full):

Little more complex now. Make one more post, again displying one virtue, but this time with three pictures.



Week 4 (Full to Senior):

One more post this week. This one needs five pictures and four virtue (I suggest being diligently and humbly patient and kind to a fellow user).



Week 5 (Senior to Hero):

Make three posts with a combined total of one picture.



Week 6 (Hero to Legendary):

One more post with one picture.



Week 7 (Legendary to a new rank theymos will have to create just for you):

One post with nothing.




By this point you will be less than 2 months on Bitcointalk, have made 9 posts in total, and be a global moderator or better. You are welcome!
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Dear Cybermiles Team - Why many will never invest in your coin on: March 26, 2018, 10:29:38 AM
I'm sure I am not the only person that has noticed the ridiculous amount of Cybermiles (CMT) spam across the forum over the last week or so. There have been posts in pretty much every board, including Development & Technical Discussion, Mining and Technical Support (i.e. completely inappropriate). I have seen off-topic replies in multiple threads about completely different subjects shilling Cybermiles. The posts are pretty much exclusively from Junior Members with Cybermiles signatures, in broken English, make little to no sense, and are 0% facts and 100% vacuous spam. It is clear that you have set up a bounty program to pay these morons to spam the forum.


Here is just a small sample of some of the utter nonsense that has been spammed:

"Cybermiles is more smarter than etherum"

"You, me and CMT will go to the moon."

"Cybermiles is wonderful project. It will bring the useful for the user by applying the token in 5Miles app."

"soon Cybermiles launch testnet online, this become very beneficial for us"

"I very happy join and support this project ,bacause this cybermiles project have good future.i believe that !"

"I learned that the CMC Blockchain (CryberMiles) release will fix all Bitcoin errors"


I, and anyone else with half a brain, will never invest in this coin. Firstly, not a single one of the posts I came across told me anything useful about Cybermiles. Having read 100+ shitposts about it, all I know is that it is "better than Ethereum" and "going to the moon". Laughable. Secondly, if these people are your community, these illiterate, unknowledgeable, spamming shills are your community, count me out - I'll stick to coins where you can actually have an educated conversation about them, and not ones that prey on idiots to support them and spam their brand.
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / The difference between a solid coin and a shitcoin: VeChain, CarVertical and BMW on: March 21, 2018, 06:03:22 AM
VeChain and carVertical, although two very different projects with very different goals, have both claimed parternships with BMW over recent weeks. As has been revealed over the last few hours, although VEN continues to be a reliable project, cV is a scam.



Here is the tweet from cV announcing their "partnership" with BMW on 15th March:
Quote
The big news community was talking about is finally here. carVertical is proudly announcing the partnership with BMW Group. Both companies collaborate to create the first ever connected reports for cars.

And here is the tweet from BMW earlier today (20th March) denying any such thing:
Quote
BMW has not entered into a cooperation/partnership with CarVertical. The company is using our BMW CarData interface available to any third party.

An absolute disgrace, and an obvious attempt to scam potential buyers. Yet another example of a scam coin making all of crypto look bad. If you are invested in this scam, I would recommend getting out ASAP.



Meanwhile, BMW confirmed their partnership with VEN:
Quote
VeChain is participating in the BMW Startup Garage programme. As a Venture Client, the BMW Group becomes a customer of the start-up at a time when the product, technology or service is not yet ready for the market.
17  Economy / Reputation / Spamming low level FUD on: February 13, 2018, 11:56:30 AM


I was on Bitcoin Discussion this morning, and I had some Déjà vu - I read a lot of these small threads days ago. Why are they back again? All down to one individual: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=1096474

In the space of an hour, he/she revived approximately 50-60 threads, some having been dead for over a month, with low-level comments including:

Quote
"get-rich-quick is the mantra"

"there is no real crypto security"

"it is the best way to lose money"

"it did"

"Yup !"

"well spotted"

"of course it is"

"He is certainly right"

"yes it will"

"yes it is"

"listen"

He/she is clearly just going through page after page, finding anything slightly negative, and bumping it back to the front page with empty and inane comments that add nothing to the discussion.

Now obviously each individual comment is low-level and against the rules, but is the behavior on the whole a more serious offence? I'm not entirely sure on the rules about this - please correct me if I am wrong.
18  Other / Meta / Spamming low level FUD - against the rules or not? on: February 13, 2018, 09:51:22 AM


I was on Bitcoin Discussion this morning, and I had some Déjà vu - I read a lot of these small threads days ago. Why are they back again? All down to one individual.

At the time of posting this, in the last 45 minutes he/she has revived over 30 threads, some being dead for weeks+, with low-level comments including:

Quote
"get-rich-quick is the mantra"

"there is no real crypto security"

"it is the best way to lose money"

"it did"

"Yup !"

"well spotted"

He/she is clearly just going through page after page, finding anything slightly negative, and bumping it back to the front page with empty and inane comments that add nothing to the discussion.

Now obviously each individual comment is low-level and against the rules, but is the behavior on the whole a more serious offence?


Edit: An hour later, we are now up to approximately 60 threads, some inactive for months, with more vacuous comments:

Quote
"of course it is"

"He is certainly right"

"yes it will"

"yes it is"

"listen"

Surely this kind of spamming isn't permitted?
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bitgrail hacked, 17 million Nano (XRB) stolen on: February 09, 2018, 11:15:03 PM
https://bitgrail.com/news

Bitgrail S.r.l. Informs its users that internal checks revealed unauthorized transactions which led to a 17 million Nano shortfall, an amount forming part of the wallet managed by Bitgrail S.r.l.

Today a charge about those fraudulent activities has been submitted to the competent authorities and now is under police investigation.

We inform you that the other currencies have not been involved.

In order to conduct further verifications, all the activities will be temporarily suspended (including withdrawals and deposits). This procedure is indispensable for users security.

We do offer our full and sincerest apologies to our customers and to whom has been involved into the illegal transfers of Nano occurred on our platform.

Other announcements will be released shortly.

Thank you for your attention.



I warned about this exchange two weeks ago (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=2822513.0).
The entire site looked like a scam from day one. I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out Bomber, the owner of the exchange, had stolen the Nano himself.
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Bitgrail - Stay well away! on: January 25, 2018, 05:16:31 PM
Bitgrail (RaiBlocks centered exchange) disabled all withdrawals without verification, without ANY prior notice to its users. This has resulted in the majority of user's coins being locked in the exchange unless they verify. However, the owner of BitGrail is little more than an angry, borderline unstable, child. He largely ignores his users, and when he does communicate, it is to openly threaten them on Reddit (https://np.reddit.com/r/bitgrail/comments/7qbph2/for_those_who_accuse_us/). No one in their right mind would send their documents to him. Additionally, people who did attempt to verify have reportedly been waiting over 2 months. In short, no one can withdraw their coins.

Troy, one of the RaiBlocks developers, apparently spoke to the owner for "several hours", and they are still no further forward. When a coin dev has to step in to help you run your exchange, you know things are bad.

There is some suggestions that this might be an exit-scam, and that all coins are lost. Either way - scam or gross incompetence - I would advise anyone considering it to look elsewhere. Now that RaiBlocks is listed on KuCoin, there is no need to ever use BitGrail.
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