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1  Economy / Gambling discussion / Crypto gambling websites need to add self-control functionality! on: January 31, 2020, 07:57:49 PM
Lately, I've been gambling a bit too much again and it's impossible to add limits to most crypto gambling websites.
Heck, I've found it to be impossible to just remove your account, without contacting support.

I think it should be mandatory, or at least standard, to include easy ways to prevent members from gambling.
In my country (Belgium), legal gambling websites are required to have player-imposed limits, plus general limits on their websites.
I wish crypto-based gambling websites would do the same.

Anyway, I've just sent an e-mail to the one casino I was still playing on, to close down my account. I hope they'll do that without any issue.
But still, I wish they would just add a function to do it by yourself, or add some self-control functionality.

I.e. let people exclude themselves for X amount of time
2  Other / Meta / The end of an era for me: Leaving Signature Campaign on: September 16, 2019, 02:42:37 PM
This probably isn't anything too interesting for other people, but it is for me.
I'm leaving my signature campaign and will not join any other ones for some time.

Mind you, I've been in a signature campaign constantly since 2014, so it's a pretty big step for me to just walk away from them.

I just don't want to deal with the hassle anymore, you know, having to post X amount of times per week...
Now, I doubt I will be any less active, but now I can purely post for fun without actually having to post.

The campaigns I've been in, were always great, never had any issues with the campaign managers, but after a while the obligation to post starts to wear on you.
I've probably spend some time responding to topics I wasn't really interested in, so it's great that I don't have to do that anymore...

I just thought this deserved to be put in a topic, hehe, I could almost shed a tear because being in a signature campaign was part of my life for so long.
Anyway, this might inspire others to take a break from signature campaigns and just enjoy Bitcointalk for what it is, without expecting payment for it Smiley

I'll probably have way more time to spend on my Steemit blog now and to participate with interesting projects here on Bitcointalk.
Had my first Bitcointalk meetup the other week, plus I'm participating in a very cool project, so I doubt that I'll spend any less time on here.

See y'all around and this time you can be 100% sure that whatever I say is because I mean it, instead of upping my post count. (Really, you can never be 100% sure when someone's in a signature campaign, no offence)
3  Other / Meta / Why are newbies allowed to post in the Lending boards? on: August 29, 2019, 09:54:44 AM
As the title says, why are new members actually allowed to post in the lending boards?
I'd say that 90% of new members who start threads in the lending boards, are doing so because they're looking for no-collateral loans.

It just seems like it would be far better to make that board only accessible to member rank or higher.

Sure, you take away the chance for them to get a loan with collateral, but has anyone ever given out a loan to a newbie with them providing acceptable collateral?
Just seems like a no-brainer to me, since it's very weird to come to this forum and immediately ask for a loan.

If people want a loan with collateral, there are numerous other platforms they could use for that.

Do tell me if you think I'm wrong about this, maybe I'm completely underestimating how many newbies actually to take out loans with collateral.
4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / [FREE] Instant Invites to Steem(it)! on: August 07, 2019, 12:36:30 PM
I'm currently "mining" invite tokens on the Steem blockchain, which enables me to hand a couple of them out for free.
So, if anyone is looking to instantly create a new Steem account, hit me up so I can get you a free invite.

Yes, you can also sign up for free directly via Steemit.com, but that process takes a couple of days or even weeks to complete.
Through my invite, you'll immediately get an account on Steem, for free!

Just send me a PM or reply to this thread, whatever works best for you.
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Speculation (Altcoins) / Steem Downtrend Might Be Stopping Soon! on: August 06, 2019, 08:16:29 AM
Steem hasn't been doing all too well in terms of price and marketcap.
A big reason for this is the fact that the company behind Steemit.com has been automatically selling around 200K Steem per week.

They have been doing this for years and this has been hardcoded into their platform.
Now, you can imagine what kind of effect this has on the price...

Well, ever since they've hired a new managing director, things have been going in a different direction.
Now they're relying more on ad revenue to pay for their AWS bills and employee wages and they've also been making the Steem blockchain way less resource hungry (due to implementing Mira and switching to RocksDB)

Their new managing director has made a public blog post a while back, stating that they are looking to completely stop the automatic selling of their Steem stake, thus potentially stopping the massive price decline.

Quote
At this point, I feel confident that our expenses will remain consistent, which allows for better budgeting and planning. We currently have nine full time employees and one contractor, so salaries and benefits make up the bulk of our expenses. We cut our monthly lease from $20k to $2k and still do not plan on much travel or other extra expenses that do not help add to the bottom line. The only real variable is the advertising revenue. In order to not programmatically sell Steem each month, we need to bring in enough ad dollars to not only cover expenses, but make enough profit to ensure future stability. Obviously the sooner this happens the better so we can slow down the programmatic selling and ultimately stop it altogether. That has always been the plan and like I said, we are working hard every day to make this happen.

Source: https://steemit.com/steemit/@elipowell/steemit-inc-financial-update
6  Other / Meta / How do you actually find messages that were deleted? on: July 25, 2019, 08:52:19 AM
Every time I look at one of those ban appeal threads, I see that some members are able to retrieve old posts, usually to prove cases of plagiarism.
I've often wondered how it's possible to retrieve these messages, because I've tried to use multiple services, usually without any luck.

web.archive.org - Usually doesn't have all the pages indexed
Archive.is - Doesn't have all the topics/pages indexed
Google Cache - Doesn't offer a history feature, but this sometimes does bring up deleted posts

Am I missing something really obvious here? Or is there already a thread that explains how people are able to retrieve these old, deleted messages?
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Litecoin Foundation will release debit card on: June 20, 2019, 09:48:44 AM
This is some pretty interesting news, the Litecoin Foundation is going to be releasing their own Litecoin Debit card.
They've partnered up with Bibox exchange & blockchain firm Ternio to release this card.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/litecoin-foundation-to-release-physical-cryptocurrency-debit-card

Now, I've never heard of these two companies before, but I think it's great that this initiative comes from the Litecoin Foundation itself.
8  Other / Meta / Suspicious thread - Possibly filled with sockpuppet accounts on: June 06, 2019, 08:40:59 AM
I might be completely wrong about this, but i think I might have come across a thread that's filled with sockpuppet accounts that are posting very similar replies.
Replies that are different enough, so they don't count as plagiarism, but the writing style just seems very similar.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5136002.0

Focus on the newbie accounts that only have around 50 posts, all those replies are very similar.

Here's what I found as well, in the OP, the user libercrypto uses a referral link:

Hello everyone.

I recently found out about this new blogging platform, that is looking to take the crown from Steemit.

Instead of having their own native token, you can currently earn two tokens on the platform from tipping articles (upvoting that is free) and writing content. Currently the two tokens that you can earn are :-

1 - Bounty0x tokens (BNTY) - Ranked 812th on CMC - MarketCap - 1,156,582
2 - HYDRO tokens (HYDRO) - Ranked 388th on CMC - MarketCap - 7,251,634

In the last month they have doubled their userbase two months in a row (Currently at over 6,000 registered users).

I am a huge fan of the project so far and I have already made more cash from this platform than Steemit. What do you think about the platform? Is anyone else here a user? What are the downfalls of it?

If you want to read the update you can do by clicking on the link below.

https://www.publish0x.com/publish0x-official-blog/publish0x-april-update-xyvejd?a=GELe3POa69

Thanks and look forward to your responses.

Then I went over his last posts and he replied to another thread, where in the OP someone uses the same referral link as him:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5129066.msg50497943#msg50497943

(can't quote because thread is locked)

Here as well:

Hello everyone,

I have written this article to help anyone who wants to create a MyEtherWallet, if there is any feedback to the article, it would be very much appreciated. Also I would check out the platform I wrote the article on, I see it as the next steemit and you can earn tokens for writing content and upvoting articles.

https://www.publish0x.com/crypto-101/how-to-create-your-first-crypto-wallet-with-myetherwallet-xdqde?a=GELe3POa69

Also if you have any ideas of what I should write about, leave a comment!

The "a=GELe3POa69" seems to be a referral link that you can add to any URL from Bounty0x, just too much coincidence that the same one would be used multiple times by different people.

From the bounty0x website:



Edit:

Btw, I know it's not against the rules to have multiple accounts, but here it's being used to bump topics & spam referral links.
9  Other / Meta / Giving out merit to people you know, acceptable or not? on: May 28, 2019, 03:09:55 PM
I'm having a bit of a conundrum here about giving a friend of mine's posts merit.

I'll explain the situation:

So, there's this person who joined Bitcointalk after I suggested it to him, the reason for that was because he wanted to learn more about Bitcoin & talk about the altcoins he's interested in. 
I've met him at least a year ago through Steemit and I know he's just someone who loves to write and have interesting discussions.
His Steemit blog is the complete opposite of spammy, so I thought he'd be a great addition to Bitcointalk.

Now, here's what I'm having trouble with:

I've given some of his posts a couple of merits here and there, not much, I think around 6 in total over a period of like 6 months.
Now, I'm kinda worried that this might be frowned upon.

What are your thoughts about this? I mean, I'd guess it would be okay, as long as I hold his posts to the same standard as other people's posts, right?
Though, it does feel a little bit like collusion to me. Idk, I'm obviously still a little bit biased, because I'm actively looking at his posts (when he's asking me for advice etc.).

I did disclose this when I gave merit to his thread in Beginners & Help:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5146091.msg51252956#msg51252956

I realize I might be a bit late to ask this, since some merits have already been given, but yeah, I hope it's not to late to fix this if it's really an issue.
Honestly, it's better to be honest about this sort of stuff before it comes back to bite me in the....
10  Economy / Service Discussion / How do you feel about businesses that stop accepting Bitcoin? on: May 23, 2019, 09:19:55 AM
Remember when Steam decided to accept Bitcoin, only to roll back their decision later on?
Does stuff like that have any effect on your view of said business?

Or the other way around, do you look at a business more positively when they've kept accepting Bitcoin, also during hard times (bear markets, high fees, etc.)?

For me, it has kinda altered my view of Steam for example, I feel it was kind of a cop out when they decided to stop accepting Bitcoin payments.

Also, my mobile provider in Belgium once accepted Bitcoin (Mobile Vikings), but then they were taken over by another company, who then removed Bitcoin payments.
That caused me to switch providers, not just because of that though, the other company gave way worse service.

Now, Takeaway.com on the other hand has accepted Bitcoin from the beginning and never stopped accepting it afaik.
I tend to order more from there because of this, I have this tradition where I order a bunch of pizza from them on Bitcoin Pizza Day, paying with Bitcoin of course.

How about you, do you have any similar stories?
11  Other / Meta / Plagiarism should remain a zero-tolerance bannable offense on: May 21, 2019, 01:38:02 PM
I've seen a bunch of topics where people argue that there should be some leeway given to long-time members who've plagiarized and have been banned because of that.

Examples:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5145434.0 (Improving the current ban situation)
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5144084.0 (Any managers lost good posters due recent mass ban?)

Instead of replying to those topics and arguing why I personally don't agree with the soft-handed approach they're suggesting, I thought it was a better idea to start a dedicated topic about it.



Plagiarism is not a simple mistake in most cases, it's a conscious decision that people make in order to increase their post count and make money off of that.
Frankly, anyone who engages in copying other people's work without giving proper credit for it, should get banned immediately without any exceptions.

We've all seen the excuses in the recent mass ban appeals, first they claim to have no idea why they were banned and then they claim it's 'such a hard punishment' for a 'simple' mistake.

I say bullshit to that, everybody should know that you don't just copy someone else's exact words and pass it off as your own.
There's not a single good reason why long-time members who've plagiarized in the past should be given a second chance. (in my opinion at least)

Mind you, I've made some stupid posts myself when I was still a newbie, but it never crossed my mind to just copy/paste stuff to increase my post count.
Most people don't plagiarize, because they're just decent persons, so I'd highly recommend not giving any free-passes to those who do plagiarize.

Heck, I'm actually also against the signature bans (instead of banning them) that Bitcointalk gives to high-profile members who've plagiarized, but offer value to the forum.



I do have to add that some people might actually 'plagiarize' by accident and those cases should be treated differently.
By that I mean, someone adding a quote from a website to their post, but forgetting to add the source.

Something like that is pretty easy to spot, if they've also added enough unique content to their post and placed the quote in actual bbcode quotes.
12  Economy / Gambling discussion / How important are VIP ranks and rewards to you? on: May 14, 2019, 11:42:22 AM
Some Bitcoin gambling websites have these extensive multi-tier VIP rewards for their players.
How important is it for you that the website you play on has these?

Also, do you take these VIP rewards into account when you look at the website's house edge?
I mean, if the house edge is at like 1% for dice, but you also get some additional rewards when you wager certain amounts, then the overall house edge is actually a little bit lower, right?

I personally really like it when a website offers these additional rewards, combined with a system for ranking up.
Really adds a whole new element to your gambling experience.

What do you think?
13  Bitcoin / Project Development / Is there any interest for a new wallet that has a time-lock feature? on: May 12, 2019, 11:10:56 AM
I've been playing with the idea to pay for development of a new (open-source) wallet that has a feature to time-lock your Bitcoins, until a certain block-height or date is reached.
I'm wondering how much interest there would be for something like this.

Not looking for any investment or anything like that, I'd just pay for this out of my own pocket if the costs are bearable.

About the costs, I think I could actually get this done pretty cheaply, since I personally know a few experienced devs that would be willing to work on this.
Again, just wondering if it's worth it. I can create my own time-locked addresses pretty easily via a local version of coinb.in, but for beginners, this process is still a bit too much I think.
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Bloom - A Decentralized Ethereum DApp for Credit Scoring on: April 15, 2019, 03:13:01 PM
So, I've recently published a review of an Ethereum DApp called Bloom, which touts itself as being an end-to-end protocol for identity verification, risk assessment and credit scoring.
In my review, I've purposefully kept it very simple and focused on its main features, without being overly critical.

That said, there might be some good feedback that you guys could give about this DApp.
I'd definitely include your feedback in my article or in the comment section (with appropriate credits).

Link to the DApp: https://bloom.co

My review: https://steemit.com/stateofthedapps/@daan/dapp-review-can-bloom-provide-a-decentralized-solution-for-credit-scores

Bloom activity stats on State of the DApps

Looking forward to hearing your opinions, whether they're positive or negative Wink
15  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Opinion on 'Bitcoin and Friends' Animation Series on Youtube on: April 12, 2019, 07:14:34 AM
Some, if not most of you, may have already seen this, but I just discovered the 'Bitcoin and Friends' series on Youtube.
I'm surprised with how good the story and overall quality is, which also shows by the number of views it already has (over 100k).

Can't wait to see episode 2 once it's released!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCi3X3AbgT4



If you have already seen it, let me know what you think!
16  Economy / Service Discussion / Lolli Chrome Extension - Bitcoin Cashback for Online Shopping on: April 11, 2019, 04:38:01 PM
Has anyone ever used the Lolli chrome plugin, which gives you cashback for shopping at a bunch of online shops?
I've written a review about them, but I sadly can't test out their service myself, because it's only available in the US.

https://www.lolli.com

Here's the article I wrote about them:
https://steemit.com/lolli/@daan/rsttozk-check-out-lolli-the-chrome-extension-that-gives-you-free-bitcoin-for-online-shopping
17  Other / Meta / Why don't we have a point system for bad posts? on: April 05, 2019, 12:30:08 PM
Sometimes you just come across posts that are bad enough, that you just wish you could do something.
Not all posts that fall into this category are suitable to be reported and the trust system also isn't the right way to deal with them.

Given that you can now give good posts merits, I think there should be something similar for bad posts.
I'm talking about a completely separate point system, which can be used for bad posts that do not necessarily break any rules.

I'm not sure if this has already been proposed in the past, I couldn't exactly find anything with the search function.

I have found LoyceV's thread about a deMerit system, but I don't think that's quite the same as what I'm proposing.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5033455.0

So, I'm not proposing to implement something to remove merit points from someone, I'm proposing to add a separate point system

Why a separate system instead of a deMerit system?
Because then it becomes much more visible to see which users often make bad posts. With a deMerit system, the merit points would just disappear without anyone noticing right away.

Just some food for thought, let me know if there's something wrong with this proposal.
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Earning More Post Rewards on Steemit via Oracle-D on: March 29, 2019, 06:38:58 PM
If you're a member of Steemit, you've probably noticed how difficult it can be to earn more than a couple of dollars on your posts, right?
You either have to have huge amounts of Steem Power yourself, or you need to have friends in the right places that will upvote all of your posts.

Well, there's a way around that!

You can occasionally join tasks via Oracle-D or Oracle-D.Tasks that will grant you significant upvotes if you can write decent articles about the projects they're promoting.

The best way to know about these tasks as soon as they're posted, is by joining their Discord channel.



I've recently participated with a couple of their tasks and have managed to earn up to $70 for a single article.
Usually the payout varies from $5 to around $35, depending on the quality of your work

Here's some examples of work I've done for Oracle-D:
https://steemit.com/contest/@daan/winning-the-review-a-social-dapp-contest-by-state-of-the-dapps-oracle-d-and-dapplovers
https://steemit.com/partiko/@daan/meet-partiko-the-social-media-dapp-of-the-future
https://steemit.com/stateofthedapps/@daan/steampeak-dapp-review-steem-front-end-for-power-users
https://steemit.com/blog/@daan/utopian-isn-t-raising-funds-through-fundition-that-doesn-t-mean-individual-projects-can-t
https://steemit.com/utopiancolony/@daan/help-utopian-reach-their-funding-target-on-indiegogo-support-open-source-software



The goal of this post is to make Steem members on Bitcointalk aware that it is possible to earn significant rewards there, without having to know the right people.
Everyone can participate with the open tasks of Oracle-D and if you're good enough, you might even get access to private tasks.

I hope this information is useful to some people!

Disclaimer: Oracle-D chooses which articles they upvote. By making content for Oracle-D, you are not guaranteed an upvote. Though, good work will usually be rewarded!
19  Economy / Services / Get Brand Exposure & Build Communities Using the Steem Blockchain with Oracle-D on: March 27, 2019, 11:11:18 AM


Oracle-D is a unique type of company that helps businesses and projects generate organic exposure, by bringing them into contact with professional content creators on the Steem blockchain.
By making use of Oracle-D's services, you can have close to 100 unique pieces of content created about your business or service.

You have the option to either pay Oracle-D a fee for their services, in which case they will build a reward pool for your project in order to pay out content creators. Another option would be to purchase and hold Steem of your own, in return Oracle-D can lower or completely eliminate the cost of their service. Keep in mind that if you decide to fund the promotion of your project with your own Steem, you will not lose the Steem you hold. The Steem you hold will be used to pay out rewards for the content creators who create content for your project, without actually diminishing the amount of Steem that you hold.





Payments in fiat and cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Steem, etc.) are accepted.
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Discussion (Altcoins) / Reviewing alternative Steem front-end SteemPeak on: March 21, 2019, 07:10:29 PM
I've recently switched over to another front-end for the Steem blockchain, called SteemPeak.
Funny enough, it's way less buggy in many different aspects and also has many more functions than the official Steemit.com website.

Check out my review on Steemit or SteemPeak, check out the difference Wink

https://steemit.com/stateofthedapps/@daan/steampeak-dapp-review-steem-front-end-for-power-users

https://steempeak.com/stateofthedapps/@daan/steampeak-dapp-review-steem-front-end-for-power-users

Check SteemPeak out on State of the Dapps

Let me know what you think of the review and also what you think of SteemPeak.
Does it look nicer than Steemit.com or is there room for improvement?
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