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1  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 339 on: May 03, 2021, 08:58:30 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Nine of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration/timing

 - Ad slots won in this auction will run from noon June 9 (US Eastern time) to noon July 8. (29 days.)
 - This auction will end sometime between June 1 and June 4, but June 3 is most likely.
 - You must pay within 48 hours of the auction ending. Only Bitcoin is accepted. If you fail to pay in time, your ad slots may be resold, and in cases where I feel that you're acting in bad faith, I may even give you a negative trust rating.
 - You must send me a valid ad (ie. one not breaking any of the styling or other rules) before noon June 8. If you fail to send a valid ad in time, then the ad round will start without you, and you will be "burning time". You can still send an ad after the deadline, and usually this ad will be put up fairly quickly, but no particular timeline is guaranteed after the deadline.
 - If extended downtime or similar issues cause your ad not to be displayed for a long time, we generally give prorated refunds (USD-denominated) for the lost time, but this is not guaranteed.

Stats

Exact historical impression counts per slot:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adstats

Info about the current ad slots:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adinfo

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

Post your bids in this thread. Prices must be stated in mBTC per slot. (10 mBTC = 0.01 BTC.) You must state the maximum number of slots you want. When the auction ends, the highest bidders will have their slots filled until all nine slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 50 mBTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 40 mBTC and 1 slot @ 50 mBTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 50" means 2 slots for 50 mBTC each. Not 2 slots for 50 mBTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however, like "5 @ 10 and 1 @ 50".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 2 mBTC.
- The bidding starts at 2 mBTC.
- The auction ends at an arbitrary time between June 1 and June 4. Times closer to 8:00AM June 3 (US Eastern time) are more likely.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win, but is instead just meant to make the prices actually paid by bidders more equal. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      200       A
    1      160       B
    1       80       C
    1       80       D

Becomes:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      84       A [step 4: reduced to 82+2=84]
    1      82       B [step 3: reduced to 80+2=82]
    1      80       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      80       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

You must pay for your slots within 48 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
2  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 338 on: May 03, 2021, 08:41:01 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
4 20 BTCsquare.net
5 18 DogecoinMachine
3  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 338 on: May 03, 2021, 11:27:06 AM
3 @ 17mBTC
6 @ 15

The minimum increment is 2 mBTC:
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 2 mBTC.

When people bid an invalid amount, I always round down to the next valid bid. So I take these bids as 3 @ 16 and 6 @ 14, respectively. In DogecoinMachine's case, this would result in no slots won because Stunna bid at 14 mBTC first.

Current auction status:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
4 16 BTCsquare.net
3 16 lightlord
2 14 Stunna


The auction continues.
4  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: May 02, 2021, 10:41:22 AM
This month 140 users were eligible.

Old:
Code:
theymos
dooglus
OgNasty
malevolent
qwk
fronti
Foxpup
Carlton Banks
philipma1957
babo
Cyrus
peloso
Welsh
TookDk
vizique
Ticked
Timelord2067
jeremypwr
EFS
yogg
dbshck
greenplastic
hilariousandco
Avirunes
Lydian
mindrust
buckrogers
Buchi-88
Lesbian Cow
willi9974
suchmoon
JayJuanGee
achow101
DaveF
nutildah
minerjones
irfan_pak10
BitcoinPenny
Royse777
zazarb
o_solo_miner
ezeminer
sandy-is-fine
SyGambler
klarki
The Pharmacist
DarkStar_
TwitchySeal
phishead
TryNinja
ekiller
Jet Cash
condoras
Lafu
polymerbit
Yatsan
crwth
webtricks
Ale88
bobita
nullius
Baofeng
imhoneer
JollyGood
RaltcoinsB
xenon131
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
KTChampions
Steamtyme
Coin-1
icopress
bavicrypto
GreatArkansas
sheenshane
o_e_l_e_o
logfiles
joniboini
Agrawas
TheBeardedBaby
tvplus006
dkbit98
mole0815
witcher_sense
asche
DdmrDdmr
anonymousminer
morvillz7z
Husna QA
fillippone
taikuri13
abhiseshakana
madnessteat
lovesmayfamilis
Corrosive
TalkStar
efialtis
Ratimov
zasad@
Rikafip

New:
Code:
gmaxwell
OgNasty
CanaryInTheMine
SebastianJu
malevolent
yxt
qwk
fronti
mprep
Dabs
Foxpup
babo
peloso
TookDk
Mitchell
Ticked
Timelord2067
jeremypwr
EFS
by rallier
dbshck
stompix
arulbero
Avirunes
mindrust
Buchi-88
Lesbian Cow
willi9974
JayJuanGee
DaveF
teeGUMES
examplens
nutildah
dazedfool
minerjones
irfan_pak10
BitcoinPenny
yahoo62278
Royse777
LFC_Bitcoin
o_solo_miner
ezeminer
sandy-is-fine
muslol67
LeGaulois
DarkStar_
TwitchySeal
phishead
TryNinja
bob123
eddie13
johhnyUA
ekiller
condoras
Lafu
Coin_trader
polymerbit
Yatsan
HCP
finaleshot2016
crwth
webtricks
Ale88
duesoldi
bobita
nullius
Vispilio
Baofeng
JollyGood
xenon131
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
Steamtyme
icopress
GreatArkansas
Veleor
sheenshane
o_e_l_e_o
3meek
logfiles
joniboini
Agrawas
dkbit98
witcher_sense
DdmrDdmr
anonymousminer
morvillz7z
Husna QA
Bthd
fillippone
taikuri13
abhiseshakana
madnessteat
Coolcryptovator
DireWolfM14
1miau
YOSHIE
zasad@
Rikafip
bullrun2020bro
5  Economy / Gambling discussion / MOVED: European Super League? on: April 24, 2021, 06:19:36 PM
This topic has been moved to Politics & Society.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5285284.0
6  Economy / Gambling discussion / MOVED: Who’s more powerful? The players, Fans or Clubs on: April 24, 2021, 06:19:32 PM
This topic has been moved to Politics & Society.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5331986.0
7  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 338 on: April 20, 2021, 07:00:11 PM
Bids from BETOP.GG, Betcrypt.io, and Unicc.LA will not be accepted. AliceMoore is cleared to bid, but hasn't bid high enough to win any slots.

The minimum increment is 2 mBTC. If your bid has an invalid increment, I always round down to a valid increment.

Current auction status:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
6 6 DogecoinMachine
3 6 BTCsquare.net


The auction continues.
8  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 338 on: April 07, 2021, 11:16:20 AM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Nine of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration/timing

 - Ad slots won in this auction will run from noon May 10 (US Eastern time) to noon June 9. (30 days.)
 - This auction will end sometime between April 30 and May 5, but May 3 is most likely.
 - You must pay within 48 hours of the auction ending. Only Bitcoin is accepted. If you fail to pay in time, your ad slots may be resold, and in cases where I feel that you're acting in bad faith, I may even give you a negative trust rating.
 - You must send me a valid ad (ie. one not breaking any of the styling or other rules) before noon May 9. If you fail to send a valid ad in time, then the ad round will start without you, and you will be "burning time". You can still send an ad after the deadline, and usually this ad will be put up fairly quickly, but no particular timeline is guaranteed after the deadline.
 - If extended downtime or similar issues cause your ad not to be displayed for a long time, we generally give prorated refunds (USD-denominated) for the lost time, but this is not guaranteed.

Stats

Exact historical impression counts per slot:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adstats

Info about the current ad slots:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adinfo

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

Post your bids in this thread. Prices must be stated in mBTC per slot. (10 mBTC = 0.01 BTC.) You must state the maximum number of slots you want. When the auction ends, the highest bidders will have their slots filled until all nine slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 50 mBTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 40 mBTC and 1 slot @ 50 mBTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 50" means 2 slots for 50 mBTC each. Not 2 slots for 50 mBTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however, like "5 @ 10 and 1 @ 50".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 2 mBTC.
- The bidding starts at 2 mBTC.
- The auction ends at an arbitrary time between April 30 and May 5. Times closer to 8:00AM May 3 (US Eastern time) are more likely.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win, but is instead just meant to make the prices actually paid by bidders more equal. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      200       A
    1      160       B
    1       80       C
    1       80       D

Becomes:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      84       A [step 4: reduced to 82+2=84]
    1      82       B [step 3: reduced to 80+2=82]
    1      80       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      80       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

You must pay for your slots within 48 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
9  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 337 on: April 07, 2021, 11:15:41 AM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
4 10 Coinzilla.io
2 10 Thiago22
1 8 Bitcoin Gambling
2 8 Stunna
10  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 337 on: April 06, 2021, 04:38:00 PM
Coinzilla.io's bids are no longer tentative. Note that Thiago22 has been approved, but he has bid too low to win any slots.

Current auction status:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
1 8 Bitcoin Gambling
5 8 Stunna
3 6 Coinzilla.io


The auction continues.
11  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 337 on: April 06, 2021, 12:00:09 PM
dionis8888's bids will not be accepted.

Auction status:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
1 8 Bitcoin Gambling
5 8 Stunna
2 6 Coinzilla.io [tentative - awaiting more info]
3 2 lightlord


The auction continues.
12  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: April 02, 2021, 04:23:50 PM
This month 145 users were eligible.

Old:
Code:
theymos
dooglus
OgNasty
CanaryInTheMine
SebastianJu
malevolent
yxt
Vod
A-Bolt
fronti
Foxpup
philipma1957
Cyrus
peloso
ibminer
Mitchell
vizique
Ticked
yogg
by rallier
dbshck
greenplastic
hilariousandco
EcuaMobi
arulbero
Avirunes
Lydian
mindrust
buckrogers
willi9974
suchmoon
JayJuanGee
achow101
DaveF
teeGUMES
examplens
nutildah
minerjones
irfan_pak10
BitcoinPenny
Royse777
zazarb
LFC_Bitcoin
o_solo_miner
ezeminer
sandy-is-fine
muslol67
actmyname
The Pharmacist
LeGaulois
DarkStar_
SFR10
phishead
eddie13
condoras
bL4nkcode
Lafu
HCP
duesoldi
Kryptowerk
bobita
Vispilio
Baofeng
krogothmanhattan
wolwoo
JollyGood
RaltcoinsB
roycilik
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
Steamtyme
Coin-1
icopress
GreatArkansas
Veleor
sheenshane
o_e_l_e_o
3meek
logfiles
Maus0728
TheBeardedBaby
tvplus006
MoxnatyShmel
dkbit98
MoparMiningLLC
DdmrDdmr
morvillz7z
Husna QA
Bthd
abhiseshakana
madnessteat
Coolcryptovator
lovesmayfamilis
DireWolfM14
1miau
YOSHIE
efialtis
Ratimov
zasad@
Rikafip

New:
Code:
theymos
dooglus
OgNasty
malevolent
qwk
fronti
Foxpup
Carlton Banks
philipma1957
babo
Cyrus
peloso
Welsh
TookDk
vizique
Ticked
Timelord2067
jeremypwr
EFS
yogg
dbshck
greenplastic
hilariousandco
Avirunes
Lydian
mindrust
buckrogers
Buchi-88
Lesbian Cow
willi9974
suchmoon
JayJuanGee
achow101
DaveF
nutildah
minerjones
irfan_pak10
BitcoinPenny
Royse777
zazarb
o_solo_miner
ezeminer
sandy-is-fine
SyGambler
klarki
The Pharmacist
DarkStar_
TwitchySeal
phishead
TryNinja
ekiller
Jet Cash
condoras
Lafu
polymerbit
Yatsan
crwth
webtricks
Ale88
bobita
nullius
Baofeng
imhoneer
JollyGood
RaltcoinsB
xenon131
CryptopreneurBrainboss
El duderino_
KTChampions
Steamtyme
Coin-1
icopress
bavicrypto
GreatArkansas
sheenshane
o_e_l_e_o
logfiles
joniboini
Agrawas
TheBeardedBaby
tvplus006
dkbit98
mole0815
witcher_sense
asche
DdmrDdmr
anonymousminer
morvillz7z
Husna QA
fillippone
taikuri13
abhiseshakana
madnessteat
lovesmayfamilis
Corrosive
TalkStar
efialtis
Ratimov
zasad@
Rikafip
13  Other / Meta / Re: Introducing NFTs for forum members on: April 02, 2021, 12:08:07 AM


This was to some degree inspired by ibminer's forum trading cards. How I envisioned it was basically like MTGox cards of different rarities. For every 365 activity (= "1 forum-activity-year") a user had, the system "designed" 1 distinct "card" for that user. Multiple copies of one card design could exist, just as there are multiple copies of the Black Lotus MTG card design in existence. The more activity a user had, the more distinct card designs would exist for them, each at a higher rarity. So if you had 2000 activity, there would be 5 distinct card designs of rarities I to V, each of which could have multiple copies in existence. A special exception was made for satoshi, who had 3 card designs at rarities IX, X, and XI even though he has 364 activity and would therefore normally have no card designs.

When you rolled for a random card, 99% of the time you would get a copy of a card design chosen randomly from all 30670 distinct card designs. But the vast majority of those are low-rarity, so to improve your chances a bit, 1% of the time you would instead get a random card design from all designs with rarity IV or above.

Unlike "real" NFTs, two copies of the same card design were in fact totally fungible, though in terms of scarcity I don't think that there's actually much real difference between how this works and how eg. NBA Top Shot or MTG work -- the issuer can still create as many copies of a card as they want.

I'm glad people enjoyed the game, and thanks to everyone who spent some time on it! It would've been pretty disappointing and boring if everyone had just gotten 20 random drops and then forgotten about it, but I was happy to see a lot of trading and collecting. I have zero interest in creating this myself, but I think that some people might actually enjoy a fully-fleshed-out, real NFT collectible system similar to how this worked. IMO any decent collectible system should incorporate some sort of art, though, even if the art is automatically-generated.

Hey, Theymos-- can we get some more stats?   Users with most trades, users with most V+ grade NFT's, users by sum total paid, and users by sum total sold would be amusing.

Trades weren't logged, unfortunately.

Here's a dump of the final balances and fNFT ownership:
https://bitcointalk.org/af2021.txt.xz
14  Other / Meta / Re: Introducing NFTs for forum members on: April 01, 2021, 02:59:50 PM
theymos-XI
kano-IX
Dabs-VII
DooMAD-VII
JayJuanGee-VII
cr1776-VI
Dabs-VI
Daniel91-VI
Hyena-V
tbearhere-V
examplens-V

Wow, nice collection!

That lucky guy is me.
Thanks!    Cheesy

I'm happy that someone got a satoshi fNFT! The probability was so low I was worried that nobody would see him.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Introducing NFTs for forum members on: April 01, 2021, 03:14:12 AM
The only logical choice is to continually roll for random user fNFTs until you get a satoshi one

It is possible to get satoshi, but the probability is only about 0.03% per roll, so someone will have to get awfully lucky.
16  Other / Meta / Introducing NFTs for forum members on: April 01, 2021, 12:02:52 AM
Many forum users have invested a lot of time into the forum, so why not turn this time-equity into tradeable commodities? You can now trade forum NFTs (fNFTs):
https://bitcointalk.org/fnft.php

We are using a state-of-the-art blockless-blockchain-database to avoid any annoying fees or wait times. Everything is done using a convenient Web interface. We have also automatically detected how many bitcoins you have to trade with, so no need to worry about deposits or withdrawals.

Features:
 - You automatically get the full set of fNFTs in your own series, from lowest rarity (I) to highest rarity (up to XI). The number of fNFTs in your series depends on your activity. Note that more than one copy of a particular fNFT can exist in the system: they're like trading cards, with rarities.
 - You can get a random fNFT for 50 BTC. A great deal, no? How could you not make money long-term?
 - You can list any of your fNFTs for sale.
 - You can buy fNFTs listed for sale by others.
17  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 337 on: March 29, 2021, 03:29:15 PM
I've been thinking that these auctions happen unnecessarily frequently, so note that I am changing the way that ad-round and auction durations work:
- Ad slots won in this auction will run from noon April 11 (US Eastern time) to noon May 10. (29 days.)
 - This auction will end sometime between April 6 and April 9, but April 7 is most likely.
 - You must pay within 48 hours of the auction ending. Only Bitcoin is accepted. If you fail to pay in time, your ad slots may be resold, and in cases where I feel that you're acting in bad faith, I may even give you a negative trust rating.
 - You must send me a valid ad (ie. one not breaking any of the styling or other rules) before noon April 10. If you fail to send a valid ad in time, then the ad round will start without you, and you will be "burning time". You can still send an ad after the deadline, and usually this ad will be put up fairly quickly, but no particular timeline is guaranteed after the deadline.
...
- The auction ends at an arbitrary time between April 6 and April 9. Times closer to 8:00AM April 7 (US Eastern time) are more likely.

So your ads will now be up for 29 days instead of ~11 days, and I'm giving more precision about the other times. Future rounds will (according to my current thinking, at least) not always be 29 days long exactly, but will be 30 days plus or minus a few days. The end time for the auction is still arbitrary, but I'm giving a "rough target time": sort of like the center of a probability density function.

Let me know if you have strong feelings one way or another about these changes.
18  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 337 on: March 29, 2021, 03:21:52 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Nine of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration/timing

 - Ad slots won in this auction will run from noon April 11 (US Eastern time) to noon May 10. (29 days.)
 - This auction will end sometime between April 6 and April 9, but April 7 is most likely.
 - You must pay within 48 hours of the auction ending. Only Bitcoin is accepted. If you fail to pay in time, your ad slots may be resold, and in cases where I feel that you're acting in bad faith, I may even give you a negative trust rating.
 - You must send me a valid ad (ie. one not breaking any of the styling or other rules) before noon April 10. If you fail to send a valid ad in time, then the ad round will start without you, and you will be "burning time". You can still send an ad after the deadline, and usually this ad will be put up fairly quickly, but no particular timeline is guaranteed after the deadline.
 - If extended downtime or similar issues cause your ad not to be displayed for a long time, we generally give prorated refunds (USD-denominated) for the lost time, but this is not guaranteed.

Stats

Exact historical impression counts per slot:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adstats

Info about the current ad slots:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adinfo

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

Post your bids in this thread. Prices must be stated in mBTC per slot. (10 mBTC = 0.01 BTC.) You must state the maximum number of slots you want. When the auction ends, the highest bidders will have their slots filled until all nine slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 50 mBTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 40 mBTC and 1 slot @ 50 mBTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 50" means 2 slots for 50 mBTC each. Not 2 slots for 50 mBTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however, like "5 @ 10 and 1 @ 50".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 2 mBTC.
- The bidding starts at 2 mBTC.
- The auction ends at an arbitrary time between April 6 and April 9. Times closer to 8:00AM April 7 (US Eastern time) are more likely.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win, but is instead just meant to make the prices actually paid by bidders more equal. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      200       A
    1      160       B
    1       80       C
    1       80       D

Becomes:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      84       A [step 4: reduced to 82+2=84]
    1      82       B [step 3: reduced to 80+2=82]
    1      80       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      80       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

You must pay for your slots within 48 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
19  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 336 on: March 29, 2021, 03:21:28 PM
Auction ended, final result:
Slots mBTC/Slot Person
5 4 DogecoinMachine
4 2 lightlord
20  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 336 on: March 18, 2021, 12:09:14 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Nine of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post. Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads; these people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

Design & ad restrictions

Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. No ICOs[1], loggable mixers[2], banks, funds, or anything that a person can be said to "invest" in; I may very rarely make exceptions if you convince me that you are ultra legit, but don't count on it. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

See the ad design rules for info on designing forum ads.

When advertising a new service, you should always check with me in advance whether your service is OK. I will sometimes accept bids of people who don't do this, but such people are taking the risk of being rejected at the last minute. It's also a good idea for you to have me check your ad's HTML+CSS in advance, especially if this is your first time advertising.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 12 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 14 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

Stats

Exact historical impression counts per slot:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adstats

Info about the current ad slots:
https://bitcointalk.org/adrotate.php?adinfo

Auction rules

New members are likely to have their bids rejected unless they PM me first, telling me what they're going to advertise. New members might also be required to pay some amount in advance. Additionally, if you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

Post your bids in this thread. Prices must be stated in mBTC per slot. (10 mBTC = 0.01 BTC.) You must state the maximum number of slots you want. When the auction ends, the highest bidders will have their slots filled until all nine slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 50 mBTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 40 mBTC and 1 slot @ 50 mBTC, then the first person will get 8 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 50" means 2 slots for 50 mBTC each. Not 2 slots for 50 mBTC total.

- When you post a bid, the bids in your previous posts are considered to be automatically canceled. You can put multiple bids in one post, however, like "5 @ 10 and 1 @ 50".
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 2 mBTC.
- The bidding starts at 2 mBTC.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.

If these rules are confusing, look at some of the past forum ad auctions to see how it's done.

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

Price flattening

At the end of the auction, after the winning bids are all determined, I will do a "price flattening" operation. This has no effect on which bids actually win, but is instead just meant to make the prices actually paid by bidders more equal. For each bid, in order of lowest to greatest price/slot, I will reduce each bid's price/slot to the highest value which is equal to or only the minimum increment greater than the next-lower bid. This allows you to bid higher prices without worrying so much, but you still mustn't bid more than you're willing to pay. Example:

Code:
This:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      200       A
    1      160       B
    1       80       C
    1       80       D

Becomes:
Slots  mBTC/Slot  Person
    6      84       A [step 4: reduced to 82+2=84]
    1      82       B [step 3: reduced to 80+2=82]
    1      80       C [step 2: same as the next-lowest, unchanged]
    1      80       D [step 1: the lowest bid is always unchanged]

Payment, etc.

You must pay for your slots within 24 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else, and I might even give you a negative trust rating. I will send you the payment information via forum PM from this account ("theymos", user ID 35) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.

[1]: For the purposes of forum ads, an ICO is any token, altcoin, or other altcoin-like thing which meets any of the following criteria: it is primarily run/backed by a company; it is substantially, fundamentally centralized in either operation or coin distribution; or it is not yet possible for two unprivileged users of the system to send coins directly to each other in a P2P way. The intention here is to allow community efforts to advertise things like Litecoin, but not to allow ICO funding, even when the ICO is disguised in various ways.
[2]: A loggable mixer is a service marketed primarily for improving transaction privacy which accepts full custody of cryptocurrency for a time and has the technical ability to log where the cryptocurrency comes from and goes to (even if they promise not to log).
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