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1  Economy / Securities / Cryptocurrency Market Index on: March 23, 2019, 06:52:02 AM
My years spent on this forum have been a big catalyst for my interest in crypto, so I am excited this is one of the first places I get to share this project.

Maha Digital Core Index is a market cap weighted index I've created that is designed to serve as a benchmark for investment return in crypto markets. While there are a bunch of price aggregators out there, I feel that there is still a gap in services that actually track the market as a whole. Total market cap really isn't a good measure for traders or investors, since that number includes tons of inflation from mining and new coins that have been created out of thin air. While there have been a few attempts at such an index, most are either based off of arbitrary weightings, include only a few coins, or provide limited (daily) data.

This project aims to solve all these problems. Currently, the index tracks the performance of 57 coins and is re-balanced every 5 minutes from live price data. This accounts for changes in price and circulating supply, meaning any mining activities, newly minted coins, or new additions to the index won't affect the index value. Essentially, the index shows you exactly what your return would be if you invested evenly across crypto markets based on each coin's total market capitalization.

While I only recently hooked it up to live data, it has 5 years of historical data based on the same objective market cap weighted investment methodology, so there is no selection bias in terms of historical return either.

I've put a lot of work into this project, and I would really appreciate any feedback to help improve it. As a little warning, I am not a web developer, nor do I have any coding background, so please go easy on me in terms of the presentation Smiley

I am posting this in the Securities section because I have seen a few people here ask about the possibility of a crypto "mutual fund". Ultimately, that is what we are building this index towards, and I would also like to gauge interest in a product like that.

More information is available on our website: https://www.mahaadvisors.com/index
2  Economy / Gambling discussion / $25k PSPC Event on: January 07, 2019, 06:47:26 PM
Anyone else watching/following this? Cool to have such a mix of pro's and content creators at one event.

Also, if anyone knows where to get one of those Hellmuth 2020 shirts, let me know  Wink
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Bounties (Altcoins) / [BOUNTY] IOS - Internet of Services | Earn up to $150 weekly! (ESCROWED) on: March 31, 2018, 10:08:35 PM


IOS Signature Campaign

IOS is looking for users to help promote the next generation of blockchain infrastructure and raise awareness here on the Bitcointalk forums. This signature campaign will run between April 7th, 2018 and May 5th, 2018 at minimum. Following this 4 week period, the campaign will be evaluated and possibly extended.

What is IOS?

The Internet of Services (“IOS”) is an innovative and secure blockchain paradigm designed to provide the infrastructure for all kinds of online service providers. Groundbreaking innovations, such as Efficient Distributed Sharding and Proof-of-Believability consensus approach, give IOS extensive horizontal scalability and allow for unprecedented transaction throughput, all while guaranteeing blockchain security. Scalable and secure, the IOS platform aims not only to provide users a completely decentralized way to exchange online services and digital goods, but also enable developers to deploy large scale dApps with the ability to support massive numbers of users.

Unlike most other tokens, the purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness, not raise funds. The institution-only private sale  of IOS has already been completed, and there will be no public sale. ERC-20 compatible IOS Tokens ("IOST") are already tradable on many major exchanges (Binance, Huobi, and OKEx). IOST will be fully convertible to IOS once network testing is complete.

More information regarding IOS can be found below:



IOS Website · Whitepaper · Primer · Twitter · Telegram · Medium · Facebook · Reddit · Bitcointalk

Russian Translation



Payment Rates (approximate USD value)

|
Rank
|
Payment/Week - Signature Only
|
Payment/Week - Avatar & Personal Text
|
Available Slots
|
|Junior Member|0.0003 BTC + 800 IOST ($20)|N/A|No|
|Member|0.0005 BTC + 1500 IOST ($35)|N/A|No|
|Full Member|0.001 BTC + 3000 IOST ($70)|250 IOST ($5)|No|
|Senior Member|0.0016 BTC + 4800 IOST ($112)|400 IOST ($8)|No|
|Hero/Legendary Member|0.002 BTC + 6000 IOST ($140)|500 IOST ($10)|No|



How To Apply
Reply to this thread with the following information:
Code:
Bitcointalk Username:
Rank:
Current Post Count:
BTC Address:
ETH Address:
Wearing Avatar and Personal Message:


Terms and Conditions

Posting Requirements
  • Users must make 25 constructive posts per week to receive full payment. Low quality posts will not be counted.
  • In order to ensure posts are of high quality, posts must be a minimum of 200 characters.
  • Posts will be counted and paid weekly. Each round ends Friday at 23:59 pm UTC, posts after this time will count towards the following week. Excess posts will not be rolled over.
  • Users who fail to meet the requisite amount of posts for 2 weeks in a row will be removed from the campaign without payment.
  • Only posts made in the following boards shall receive payment:
    • Bitcoin: [Discussion, Development & Technical Discussion, Mining/Technical Support, Project Development]
    • Economy: [Economics, Marketplace (excluding Lending and Auctions), Trading discussion]
    • Alternate cryptocurrencies: [Altcoin Discussion, Announcements (Altcoins), Mining (Altcoins), Marketplace (Altcoins), Speculation (Altcoins)]
    • Local: Please only post in the similar categories as above (e.g. no Off-topic posts in any language). We will only count no more than 6 posts/week in this board towards the weekly requirement.
  • A minimum of 12 posts must be made in Alternate cryptocurrencies: [Altcoin Discussion, Announcements (Altcoins), Mining (Altcoins), Marketplace (Altcoins), Speculation (Altcoins)].
  • Posts in other signature campaign/bounty threads do not count.
  • Posts must be spread out throughout the week: users may only make 50% of the qualifying posts within any 24-hour period. For instance, if a user makes 20 posts in one day and 5 in the following, only 13 (~50% of the minimum 25) + 5 = 18 posts will be counted.

Other Requirements
  • Users must display appropriate signature, avatar, and personal text (if applicable) for the entirety of the week in order to receive payment. Removal or editing of these components during any part of the week will result in no payment for that week and possible removal from the campaign.
  • Users may not apply with more than one account. Applying with more than one account will result in both accounts being denied/removed from the campaign.
  • Users with negative trust ratings at DT-2 level will be denied. Users who receive negative trust at DT-2 level while part of the campaign will be removed.
  • Users who are SMAS blacklisted will be denied.


Other Information
  • Signature campaign will begin April 7th, 2018 and run for 4 weeks until May 5th, 2018. The campaign will then be evaluated and potentially extended.
  • I (MadZ) will be managing the campaign as well as escrowing the funds for each week; signed messages for each address are provided below:
  • If you have any questions related to the signature campaign, please contact @yxbear via telegram.
  • Payment will be made weekly following each round in BTC and IOST.
  • Payment rates may be adjusted based on the USD exchange rate of BTC and IOST.
  • Registration for the campaign will be closed if the estimated IOST distribution exceeds 1,000,000.
  • Creating an IOST wallet:
Code:
IOST Token Details:
Token Contract Address: 0xfa1a856cfa3409cfa145fa4e20eb270df3eb21ab
Token Symbol: IOST
Decimals: 18
  • The IOST team reserves the final right to change any rules if necessary.

Avatar & Personal Message

Personal Text: Secure, scalable blockchain that actually works



Reddit Bounty
Rules and Payment Information
  • Subscribe to our subreddit
  • Make posts/comments about IOST in cryptocurrency-related subreddits. 60 IOST for each post/comment. Posts must be over 100 characters and comments should be over 20 words.
  • All content must be original. Copying existing content will lead to disqualification. You are welcome, however, to use official IOST branding material from our website and ANN thread, including official images, logos, infographics, and links to videos.
  • Users will receive extra IOST with upvotes:
    |
    |
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    |
    |
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    Number of Upvotes
    5-10
    11-16
    17-25
    26-40
    over 40
    |
    |
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    |
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    Additional IOST per post/comment
    150
    300
    600
    1000
    1600
    |
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How To Apply
Reply to this thread with the following information:
Code:
Bitcointalk Username:
Reddit Username
IOST Address:
Subscribed:


Proof of funds
Code:
{
  "address": "0x0a4372e43ab78e51c13e97f9632d4b804fcc6351",
  "msg": "Today's date is 4/5/18. I, MadZ (btctalk uid:174480), will be escrowing the funds for IOS's Bitcointalk campaign. I am in control of this wallet containing 500,000 IOST for the first week.",
  "sig": "0xc01918f3b1b5fd2b4f2bd54ceedbb7d4d54450e224cc561c0c2cb61162c981b80cda1643532c7fd31d88245e0a8042521bfd6ebc1a0926b06d6012e19401f5ad1b",
  "version": "3",
  "signer": "web3"
}
https://etherscan.io/token/0xfa1a856cfa3409cfa145fa4e20eb270df3eb21ab?a=0x0a4372e43ab78e51c13e97f9632d4b804fcc6351
4  Economy / Services / [CLOSED] IOS - Signature & Avatar Campaign | Up to $150/week on: March 21, 2018, 04:22:38 AM


IOS Signature Campaign

IOS is looking for users to help promote the next generation of blockchain infrastructure and raise awareness here on the Bitcointalk forums. This signature campaign will run between April 7th, 2018 and May 5th, 2018 at minimum. Following this 4 week period, the campaign will be evaluated and possibly extended.

What is IOS?

The Internet of Services (“IOS”) is an innovative and secure blockchain paradigm designed to provide the infrastructure for all kinds of online service providers. Groundbreaking innovations, such as Efficient Distributed Sharding and Proof-of-Believability consensus approach, give IOS extensive horizontal scalability and allow for unprecedented transaction throughput, all while guaranteeing blockchain security. Scalable and secure, the IOS platform aims not only to provide users a completely decentralized way to exchange online services and digital goods, but also enable developers to deploy large scale dApps with the ability to support massive numbers of users.

Unlike most other tokens, the purpose of this campaign is to raise awareness, not raise funds. The institution-only private sale  of IOS has already been completed, and there will be no public sale. ERC-20 compatible IOS Tokens ("IOST") are already tradable on many major exchanges (Binance, Huobi, and OKEx). IOST will be fully convertible to IOS once network testing is complete.

More information regarding IOS can be found below:



IOS Website · Whitepaper · Primer · Twitter · Telegram · Medium · Facebook · Reddit · Bitcointalk  



Payment Rates (approximate USD value)

|
Rank
|
Payment/Week - Signature Only
|
Payment/Week - Avatar & Personal Text
|
Available Slots
|
|Junior Member|$20|N/A|No|
|Member|$35|N/A|No|
|Full Member|$70|$5|No|
|Senior Member|$112|$8|No|
|Hero/Legendary Member|$140|$10|No|



How To Apply
Reply to this thread with the following information:
Code:
Bitcointalk Username:
Rank:
Current Post Count:
BTC Address:
ETH Address:
Wearing Avatar and Personal Message:


Terms and Conditions

Posting Requirements
  • Users must make 25 constructive posts per week to receive full payment. Low quality posts will not be counted.
  • In order to ensure posts are of high quality, posts must be a minimum of 200 characters.
  • Posts will be counted and paid weekly. Each round ends Friday at 23:59 pm UTC, posts after this time will count towards the following week. Excess posts will not be rolled over.
  • Users who fail to meet the requisite amount of posts for 2 weeks in a row will be removed from the campaign without payment.
  • Only posts made in the following boards shall receive payment:
    • Bitcoin: [Discussion, Development & Technical Discussion, Legal, Mining/Technical Support, Project Development]
    • Economy: [Economics, Marketplace (excluding Lending and Auctions), Trading discussion]
    • Alternate cryptocurrencies: [Altcoin Discussion, Announcements (Altcoins), Mining (Altcoins), Marketplace (Altcoins), Speculation (Altcoins)]
    • Local: Please only post in the similar categories as above (e.g. no Off-topic posts in any language). We will only count no more than 6 posts/week in this board towards the weekly requirement.
  • A minimum of 12 posts must be made in Alternate cryptocurrencies: [Altcoin Discussion, Announcements (Altcoins), Mining (Altcoins), Marketplace (Altcoins), Speculation (Altcoins)].
  • Posts in other signature campaign/bounty threads do not count.
  • Posts must be spread out throughout the week: users may only make 50% of the qualifying posts within any 24-hour period. For instance, if a user makes 20 posts in one day and 5 in the following, only 13 (~50% of the minimum 25) + 5 = 18 posts will be counted.

Other Requirements
  • Users must display appropriate signature, avatar, and personal text (if applicable) for the entirety of the week in order to receive payment. Removal or editing of these components during any part of the week will result in no payment for that week and possible removal from the campaign.
  • Users may not apply with more than one account. Applying with more than one account will result in both accounts being denied/removed from the campaign.
  • Users with negative trust ratings at DT-2 level will be denied. Users who receive negative trust at DT-2 level while part of the campaign will be removed.
  • Users who are SMAS blacklisted will be denied.


Other Information
  • Signature campaign will begin April 7th, 2018 and run for 4 weeks until May 5th, 2018. The campaign will then be evaluated and potentially extended.
  • I (MadZ) will be managing the campaign as well as escrowing the funds for each week; signed messages for each address are provided below:
  • If you have any questions related to the signature campaign, please contact @yxbear via telegram.
  • Payment will be made weekly following each round in BTC and IOST.
  • Payment rates may be adjusted based on the USD exchange rate of BTC and IOST.
  • Registration for the campaign will be closed if the estimated IOST distribution exceeds 1,000,000.
  • Creating an IOST wallet:
Code:
IOST Token Details:
Token Contract Address: 0xfa1a856cfa3409cfa145fa4e20eb270df3eb21ab
Token Symbol: IOST
Decimals: 18
  • The IOST team reserves the final right to change any rules if necessary.

Avatar & Personal Message

https://i.imgur.com/Jog8Mak.png
Personal Text: IOS - The secure, scalable blockchain

Proof of funds
Code:
{
  "address": "0x0a4372e43ab78e51c13e97f9632d4b804fcc6351",
  "msg": "Today's date is 4/5/18. I, MadZ (btctalk uid:174480), will be escrowing the funds for IOS's Bitcointalk campaign. I am in control of this wallet containing 500,000 IOST for the first week.",
  "sig": "0xc01918f3b1b5fd2b4f2bd54ceedbb7d4d54450e224cc561c0c2cb61162c981b80cda1643532c7fd31d88245e0a8042521bfd6ebc1a0926b06d6012e19401f5ad1b",
  "version": "3",
  "signer": "web3"
}
https://etherscan.io/token/0xfa1a856cfa3409cfa145fa4e20eb270df3eb21ab?a=0x0a4372e43ab78e51c13e97f9632d4b804fcc6351
5  Economy / Goods / General trading tips and guidelines on: February 14, 2018, 04:26:43 AM
Overview:

One thing I've noticed during my time on these forums is that a good percentage of p2p scam accusations originate from the Marketplace sub-forums. Since there don't seem to be any solid guidelines on how to mitigate this risk apart from a note regarding escrow, I thought I'd create my own thread on the matter. The purpose of this thread is to outline what I believe to be best practice when trading in this section and how to avoid being scammed. Most of this is simply common sense, but perhaps it will be helpful to some.


Guidelines

1. Don't be afraid to ask for escrow, even if the buyer/seller has a trusted reputation. Any reputable trader will agree to this request, it should raise red flags if they are hesitant. Remember that there is no rush when trading, it is better to take a few extra hours or pay 1% more for the item you are buying if it means lowering your risk of being scammed. A good list of active forum escrows can be found here.

2. When conducting transactions via escrow, ensure that you are corresponding with the escrow themselves. Scammers will often pretend to be your escrow of choice by sending you a fake Skype or Email account. Only contact Bitcointalk forum escrows through details they have directly shared with you. If possible, request a PGP signed message, as most will provide one.

3. Check user feedback thoroughly. Not all scammers will appear with negative feedback at Default Trust level. Remember to look at untrusted feedback and see if there any negative ratings with substantial evidence. Untrusted feedback is often just as useful when determining who is untrustworthy.

Important note: User trust is not visible to guests. To guests who are reading this, I highly suggest you create a forum account before trading with anyone so you can see their feedback, especially if they are selling via auto-sell.

4. Be cautious when dealing with new accounts. Chances are there is a reason they created a fresh account, and those reasons usually aren't good.

5. Account rank and trust ratings do not necessarily indicate someone is more trustworthy. Forum accounts are frequently sold or hacked and used to scam users under the guise of previous good feedback or high activity level. Make sure to check your trading partner's most recent feedback as well as search their username in the security log. A recent password or email change might indicate that you are not dealing with the original account owner.

6. Be wary of self-moderated threads. These are generally only used to curate feedback and delete negative posts. The same is true of locked threads, if there is no obvious reason the thread is locked, assume it is to avoid negative reviews.

7. I strongly recommend against purchasing items through automated selling websites such as selly.gg or rocketr.net. Auto-sell links are no safer than p2p transactions, these websites make no guarantee you will receive the item you are purchasing. While these options appear more convenient and slightly safer than traditional trading, they are actually more risky.

Extreme caution should be used when dealing with users who sell via auto-sell links in conjunction with a locked self-moderated thread, these are almost exclusively scams.

8. If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is.

This thread is a work in progress, feel free to comment with any guidelines you think might be helpful. Will try to bump this thread when I can so it remains visible.

6  Other / Meta / Forums extremely slow for anyone else? on: February 04, 2018, 11:11:44 PM
I keep getting messages saying Error 504: Gateway Timed Out whenever I try to load most pages, and when pages do load, it is extremely slow. All other websites are loading normally for me. Is this an issue on my end only, or are other people experiencing this?
7  Other / Meta / Unofficial merit source application thread on: January 25, 2018, 10:20:51 PM
The addition of merit scores has created a new forum designation: merit source.

What is a merit source?

Certain users are designated as "merit sources". They can create new merit out of nothing, up to a limited number per month (which differs per source). I will not be posting a definitive list of merit sources (so that people don't bug them too much), though you'll soon figure out who they are if you pay attention.

How does one become a merit source?

If you want to be a merit source:

 1. Be a somewhat established member.
 2. Collect TEN posts written in the last couple of months that have not received nearly enough merit for how good they are, and post quotes for them all in a new Meta thread.
 3. We will take a look at your history and maybe make you a source.

I am especially eager to have merit sources in sub-communities such as the local sections.


Rather than creating an individual thread for each new application, I believe it would make more sense to consolidate all applications into one thread. Meta is already full of topics about the new system, and creating a new thread for each application will only increase this clutter. In addition to lowering the total volume of topics in the Meta section, this will also give potential applicants a better chance of being selected. In my opinion, it will be much easier for theymos/whoever rejects/accepts users to periodically check one thread rather than hunt down each individual thread on their own.

Should people find this thread useful, I would be happy to keep the OP updated with a list of applications, including member name, date, and link to their application in order to help organize the process. Also, I understand there is no public list of merit sources, but I think it might help to at least indicate when an application has been "processed", without specifying whether this means acceptance or denial. Let me know what you guys think of this idea.

Current Applications

Member Name|Date|Link|Processed
PalindromemordnilaP
Joel_Jantsen
OgNasty
DarkStar_
Micio
paxmao
findingthemoon
CoolWave
digaran
stingers
LFC_Bitcoin
RegulusHr
aleksej996
ludbega
LoyceV
junoreactor
IIOII
pugman
HabBear
Aegean Skipper
zaq130
sparg
trankil_
sabotag3x
baba0000000000
Toughit
mhanbostanci
wiser
|1/25/18
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|2/3/18
|2/11/18
|1/30/18
|2/12/18
|2/18/18
|2/27/18
|3/2/18
|3/5/18
|3/9/18
|3/10/18
|3/11/18
|3/21/18
|Link
|Link
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|Link
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|Link
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|Link
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|Link
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|Yes
|Yes
|Yes
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|Incomplete
|Yes
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<Table updated -theymos>
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Creating a Tether wallet on: January 14, 2018, 04:36:38 AM
Is it possible to create a Tether wallet for individual use without registration through their websites? As far as I can tell, sign ups have been disabled for at least a month, maybe 2, as I've been checking fairly frequently. Is there a way for individuals to use Tether?

https://wallet.tether.to/app/#!/signup
9  Other / Meta / Self-moderation on the marketplace on: December 24, 2017, 11:53:50 PM
To begin with, I understand that this forum does not moderate scams- scammers are not banned and the only recourse for doing so is through user-generated feedback. While the trust system helps a great deal in warning users about which trades should be dealt with caution, I think more can be done to warn those who aren't as savvy.

As much as I admire this laissez-faire policy when it comes to trading, I don't think it would impinge too much on users' freedom if the ability to self-moderate threads posted in the Marketplace section was removed. To me, this is the equivalent of being able to curate your feedback- something you would only want to do if you have something to hide. If you look at which threads are self-moderated, I think this trend is pretty clear. Most users' first instinct when they're scammed is to post in the scammer's thread warning others. Unless they're in other users' trust networks, this warning is usually more visible than any feedback they might leave on the offender's profile.

Hopefully the staff will consider making this change. I don't believe it would be a hard one to implement, and I can't think of any significant negative repercussions it would have.
10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / MtGox Leaked Database on: November 16, 2016, 08:46:20 PM
Hi, does anyone have a link to this? Much appreciated.
11  Economy / Scam Accusations / Attempted scam by coinmaster222 on: September 24, 2015, 02:10:05 AM
Two weeks ago I made a thread selling one of my CS:GO knives for $185 in BTC. A week later I received this PM from coinmaster222 offering to buy my knife:

Hello,

Would you be going first with me if I buy your knife?

If yes, I offer $175.

Note how he insists on going first. I offer to use escrow:

I would be willing to use a trusted escrow, I'll pay any fees. Is Tomatocage agreeable?

He doesn't respond for a few days and I send him a PM asking if he's still interested. He responds with this:

Sorry someone hacked my account I know nothing about it.

According to the seclog (archive.is of the seclog after receiving this PM) and his profile, he has not changed his password in the past month. We first exchanged PMs a week ago, meaning he is lying about being hacked.

I checked his trust and found that he recently put his account up for sale in this thread. His stats perfectly match those described in that thread, the Total Time Spent Online stat is a dead giveaway.

Anyway, I believe this is enough evidence that he intended to scam me and anyone else who would send first to him. He lied about being hacked once he realized there was no way I would complete the deal without escrow. He clearly doesn't care about his reputation anymore and wants to get a quick buck out of his account before discarding it, whether that be by selling it or scamming someone.

I have left negative trust and I urge others to do the same, I wouldn't be surprised if he gets someone to send first because the account is a hero.


12  Economy / Digital goods / [WTS] CS:GO Knife - Blue M9 CH WW on: September 09, 2015, 01:10:24 AM
Hey guys, I'm selling another one of my CS:GO knives. Here are some screenshots:







Looking for $180 in BTC or 100 keys.

Previous sale: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=909408.0

Escrow is preferred, there are few users on this site I will send first to.
13  Other / Meta / Search Disabled on: June 01, 2015, 07:49:19 AM
I was wondering if there has been any mention of when the search feature will be returning, or why it was removed in the first place. Sorry if this has been explained already, but I wasn't able to find the post and obviously can't search for it. Thanks!
14  Economy / Lending / Need a quick .21 btc loan on: May 03, 2015, 03:41:05 AM
Amount: .21 BTC ($50 in BTC)
Duration: 1 day
Address: 1PFz3jtcfo4mkfw6zuMT1neZd7qvxbpkNJ
Interest: 5%
Reason:A friend of mine IRL asked me to make a purchase for him with BTC since he doesn't own any himself. Normally I would use my Coinbase account for something like this, but it has 2FA and I can't find my phone right now. I would like to get this done tonight, so I'm asking for a very short term loan to get this done. This is also why the interest rate is so low, since I will either pay back whenever I find my phone or just move some coins out of storage if I cannot do so in 24 hours.

I am not offering collateral for this loan due to its length and reason.

This offer is only valid for 6 hours after the time that I make this post (11:40 pm EST) or until I make a post stating otherwise, whichever happens sooner.

Thanks!
15  Other / Off-topic / Rate the avatar above you on: April 03, 2015, 04:15:31 PM
Thought this would be a cool thread to start now that avatars have been re-enabled.

Rate the avatar above you on a scale of 1 to 10.
16  Other / Archival / offer expired on: April 01, 2015, 01:21:13 AM
1:1 with USD, I need this in the next hour though.


edit: offer expired
17  Economy / Digital goods / [WTB] Steam Wallet Codes on: March 16, 2015, 10:26:10 AM
Looking to buy steam wallet codes @ 65% of their face value (ie. $20 code for $13 BTC).

Willing to use escrow, looking to buy up to ~ 1 BTC worth if you have rep.
18  Other / Meta / Unusually large amount of new users in the past week (bots) on: January 29, 2015, 09:27:44 PM
As can be seen here, it appears that the number of new registrations in the past week has been 5-6x the daily average for the rest of the month. I've included the chart below from that page as a reference:

Code:
Monthly Summary New Topics New Posts New Members Most Online Page views
January 2015 11521 297119 17388 0 59378692
2015-01-01 297 9080 207 0 2593190
2015-01-02 359 10490 286 0 2720551
2015-01-03 353 11439 331 0 2406906
2015-01-04 421 11733 259 0 2723954
2015-01-05 419 11827 294 0 2758409
2015-01-06 437 11979 279 0 2453940
2015-01-07 399 11183 273 0 2481575
2015-01-08 371 11081 292 0 2334845
2015-01-09 398 11608 258 0 2283513
2015-01-10 298 10820 292 0 2233034
2015-01-11 359 10573 331 0 2285669
2015-01-12 442 11915 459 0 2322419
2015-01-13 507 4197 419 0 725035
2015-01-14 504 13806 287 0 2604155
2015-01-15 457 11533 295 0 2209029
2015-01-16 397 11369 260 0 2034912
2015-01-17 376 9541 247 0 1800851
2015-01-18 334 9925 215 0 1716400
2015-01-19 380 10634 309 0 1911358
2015-01-20 482 11233 292 0 1997317
2015-01-21 438 9774 328 0 1792207
2015-01-22 0 0 0 0 6
2015-01-23 635 9703 1781 0 1578290
2015-01-24 313 7619 1423 0 1514065
2015-01-25 420 10796 1573 0 2022088
2015-01-26 498 12137 1687 0 2155157
2015-01-27 470 10786 1644 0 2020900
2015-01-28 382 11005 1645 0 1942642
2015-01-29 375 9334 1422 0 1756368

While at first this might appear to be a good thing, a quick look at the members list sorted by registration date reveals that these are mostly just bot accounts. Here are a few examples from just the past 30 minutes (they are being registered in a steady stream):

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425081
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425079
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425077
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425075
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425070
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425068
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425067
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425066
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425065
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425062
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=425059

Fortunately, they don't seem to be posting, and a few Most appear to have been banned according to the modlog, but it does seem rather interesting that this flood of bot accounts began right after btctalk's downtime one week ago. Perhaps some security feature with user registration was changed/disabled once the website came back up?
19  Economy / Trading Discussion / Buying BTC with Paypal on: January 26, 2015, 07:53:01 AM
Wasn't sure if this was the right section to post this.

Anyway, I have no experience with buying BTC for Paypal, but might be looking to do so in the near future. I was wondering what % above the exchange rate I would need to buy at, I was hoping to pay no more than +5% or so. Is this a reasonable expectation or will I have trouble finding legitimate sellers at a price like this?
20  Other / Meta / philipma1957 and default trust on: January 09, 2015, 11:10:14 AM
It appears that philipma1957 was recently added at default trust depth 1, resulting in users in his trust list being added to depth 2. The problem with this is that his trust list seems to be entirely composed of users who have left him positive feedback, resulting in 44 trusted positive feedback and only 5 untrusted feedback, a pretty abnormal ratio. In addition to the fact that this manipulates his trust rating to look higher than it should be, there is also the problem that many of these users have no business being at default trust depth 2, just for completing one transaction with philip. Here are a few of the best examples:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=331147
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=130725
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=155793
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=125012
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=364659

There are many more accounts like these in his trust list that I did not bother posting, if you don't believe me, go take a look at the rest of his trust list. I understand that he probably created his trust list before being added to default trust, so I held off on posting this for a few days in case he didn't know he was now at depth 1. I believe he has removed 2 users since then, which means he has noticed but decided not to prune the majority of the list. I don't think he should continue to be at depth 1 if he refuses to be more selective with his trust list, and I think others will agree with me on this.
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