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1  Other / Meta / Re: Deleted Posts?! on: February 26, 2015, 10:26:34 PM
Why should the posts be restored? Is there likely to be any important info there?

I haven't fixed the issue where if I restore a whole topic like this, any posts deleted by their authors in that topic will also be restored. This could annoy some people.
2  Other / Meta / Re: Where can you dispute deleted posts? on: February 26, 2015, 03:55:08 AM
Undeleted. In some other topics, that post might've been considered off-topic, but in context it'd be overly strict to delete all posts like that.
3  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 145 on: February 26, 2015, 03:39:40 AM
Note the addition of this new rule:
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You must be at least a Jr Member to bid. If you are not a Jr Member and you really want to bid, you should PM me first. Tell me in the PM what you're going to advertise. You might be required to pay some amount in advance. Everyone else: Please quickly PM newbies who try to bid here to warn them against impersonation scammers.
4  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 145 on: February 26, 2015, 03:38:35 AM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. About 25% of ad income goes to the forum moderators as thanks for all of their work. (There are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees.) The rest is stored in the forum's treasury (verifiably), where it sits until the forum needs it.

Ads are allowed to contain any non-annoying HTML/CSS style. No images, JavaScript, or animation. Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 900px wide). Ad text may not contain lies, misrepresentation, or inappropriate language. Ads may not link directly to any NSFW page. Ads may be rejected for other reasons, and I may remove ads even after they are accepted.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Eight of the slots are for sale here. Ads appear only on topic pages with more than one post, and only for people using the default theme.

The ad lasts at least 7 days starting from when I put it up. (However, if you look at the ad history you'll see that ads usually get at least 8 days, and sometimes as many as 10, but this is random and definitely 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

Ad blocking

Hero/Legendary members, Donators, VIPs, and moderators have the ability to disable ads. I don't expect many people to use this option. These people don't increase the impression stats for your ads.

I try to bypass Adblock Plus filters as much as possible, though this is not guaranteed. It is difficult or impossible for ABP filters to block the ad space itself without blocking posts. However, filters can match against the URLs in your links, your CSS classes and style attributes, and the HTML structure of your ads.

To prevent matches against URLs: I have some JavaScript which fixes links blocked by ABP. You must tell me if you want this for your ads. When someone with ABP and JavaScript enabled views your ads, your links are changed to a special randomized bitcointalk.org URL which redirects to your site when visited. People without ABP are unaffected, even if they don't have JavaScript enabled. The downsides are:
- ABP users will see the redirection link when they hover over the link, even if they disable ABP for the forum.
- Getting referral stats might become even more difficult.
- Some users might get a warning when redirecting from https to http.

To prevent matching on CSS classes/styles: Don't use inline CSS. I can give your ad a CSS class that is randomized on each pageload, but you must request this.

To prevent matching against your HTML structure: Use only one <a> and no other tags if possible. If your ads get blocked because of matching done on something inside of your ad, you are responsible for noticing this and giving me new ad HTML.

Designing ads

Make sure that your ads look good when you download and edit this test page:
https://bitcointalk.org/ad_test.html
Also read the comments in that file.

I will send you more detailed styling rules if you win slots in this auction (or upon request).

Auction rules

You must be at least a Jr Member to bid. If you are not a Jr Member and you really want to bid, you should PM me first. Tell me in the PM what you're going to advertise. You might be required to pay some amount in advance. Everyone else: Please quickly PM newbies who try to bid here to warn them against impersonation scammers.

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

So if someone bids for 8 slots @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 8 slots. If the two highest bids are 8 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 7 slots and the second person will get 1 slot.

The notation "2 @ 5" means 2 slots for 5 BTC each. Not 2 slots for 5 BTC 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.
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.05.
- The bidding starts at 0.50.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time no more than 12 days from now. (I will probably end the auction 1-3 days before the ads are scheduled to go up.)
- If two people bid at the same price, the person who bid first will have his slots filled first.
- Bids are considered invalid and will be ignored if they do not specify both a price and a max quantity, or if they could not possibly win any slots

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.

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.
5  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 144 on: February 26, 2015, 03:08:29 AM
Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 1.30 Neo501
4 1.25 Stunna
2 1.25 MariaQin
1 1.25 victorhing
6  Other / Meta / Re: Can we have a ponzi section added to the forums? on: February 25, 2015, 10:50:30 PM
Done.
7  Other / New forum software / Re: Why not use Bcrypt? on: February 25, 2015, 03:00:35 PM
The idea that bcrypt is somehow extra strong is AFAIK entirely a myth. bcrypt is based on a fast Blowfish-based hash function comparable to SHA-256 and other cryptographically-secure hash functions. It makes the entire process slow by hashing the password many times. But this is exactly what any decent key derivation function does.

The forum uses sha256crypt (which has an extremely similar interface to bcrypt) with 7500 iterations. If SHA-256 and bcrypt's underlying hash function were exactly the same speed, this would be equivalent to a bcrypt cost of about 13. I prefer SHA-2 because Blowfish (and especially bcrypt's Blowfish-based hash function) are not as widely used or studied.
8  Other / Meta / Re: BitCoinTalk hidden pages on: February 24, 2015, 04:42:59 AM
Off-topic : You have mentioned in that thread about Satoshi's views/words and Mike Hearn mentioned about using HTTPS over HTTP, so will this feature come again - sending to IP via HTTPS protocol?

That's basically what the payment protocol does. You click a link like:
bitcoin:1NXYoJ5xU91Jp83XfVMHwwTUyZFK64BoAD?r=https://www.coinbase.com/r/invalid
And Bitcoin Core negotiates a transaction with the URL at the end via HTTPS. It's very similar to IP transactions.

This is reminiscent of Satoshi's old proposal for strengthening IP transactions, though it relies entirely on HTTPS and doesn't actually use the provided address for verification, so the security is probably better in general but worse in rare cases where the URI was gotten securely but HTTPS isn't secure.
9  Other / Meta / Re: BitCoinTalk hidden pages on: February 23, 2015, 08:49:25 PM
I like old UI, simple and clean. I hope it will be used again.

I also preferred the overall look of the old UI, though it had far fewer features.

That GUI is nowadays called wxBitcoin because it used the wxWidgets GUI framework. After Satoshi left, no one working on Bitcoin wanted to work with wxWidgets, so Wladamir wrote a new GUI using the Qt GUI framework called Bitcoin-Qt.
10  Other / Meta / Re: Stolen account yussuf89 on: February 23, 2015, 07:43:59 PM
I think that marcotheminer should return the account now since it was probably hacked, but everyone should give yussuf89 negative feedback for being unable to stand behind his account's actions unless he pays 50-75% of the loan principle. (This is just my opinion -- I'm not going to try to enforce it.)
11  Other / Meta / Re: BitCoinTalk hidden pages on: February 23, 2015, 12:21:55 PM
The first folder appears to be old files back from when Satoshi was the main administrator here. I believe: https://bitcointalk.org/oldSiteFiles/images/screen3.png is a screenshot of Satoshi's Bitcoin wallet from 2009, showing a payment to an IP address rather than a Bitcoin address, which was a feature included in early versions of Bitcoin Core that was removed for security risks.

An interesting thing about that screenshot is that it must have been made on a different block chain. The dates don't match up with the current block chain.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Stolen account yussuf89 on: February 23, 2015, 12:58:36 AM
Let's say I buy a fancy watch from a guy on the street, hot but I didn't know it. The long arm of the law somehow leads to me and the watch. It would be taken from me and I wouldn't get my money back. I have no recourse to go after the guy who sold it to me. He was a complete stranger.

That also doesn't strike me as entirely fair. If nothing can be gotten from the person who actually did the stealing, then the person who lost the stolen item and the person who bought it should somehow split the cost IMO.
13  Other / Meta / Re: Stolen account yussuf89 on: February 22, 2015, 10:31:48 PM
I think that the account was hacked, though this can never be known for certain.

The IP that posted the loan request from yussuf89's account also posted this:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=960603.0
Someone with the same IP was trying to sell another account here, presumably hacked:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=925024.0

yussuf89's password wasn't changed/reset recently except for when marcotheminer did it, so the attacker must have somehow gotten his password. Keylogger or phishing, maybe.

Zeki's IP matches yussuf89.

Since ownership of the account is contested, I'm thinking that I should not restore the account and let people give trust ratings depending on what happens. For example, if marcotheminer needs to eat the entire cost of this when he's mostly not at fault, some people might want to give yussuf89 negative feedback.
14  Other / Meta / Re: AT is a technology designed for any blockchain - it is not an alt! on: February 21, 2015, 08:28:06 PM
No one knows what AT is because everything you've written about it is either very long and technical or assumes that the reader already knows what AT is and what it's useful for. This applies to everything at ciyam.org/at. You need to clearly summarize its uses and give a basic outline of how it works in a few paragraphs, or else pretty much no one is going to dive any deeper into your documentation. (People who spend a lot of time on something very often make this mistake of assuming that everyone is interested and knows what you're talking about.)

About categorization:

Firstly, an "altcoin" is any non-Bitcoin currency, even if it uses the Bitcoin block chain in some way. And for something to be considered to accept or send bitcoins, it must be able to accept or send Bitcoin transactions directly from/to an unmodified Bitcoin Core client without any intermediate step.

Project-related topics belong in the non-altcoin sections if any of these are true:

1. People can make use of the project directly using bitcoins without any explicit conversion step, and the end result of user action is not just another cryptocurrency (or something similar). For example, if you have some sort of gambling application that uses a sidechain/altcoin/etc. to function, but people can immediately send bitcoins to it and are get bitcoins back, then that's OK. The site can also use an altcoin as "chips" if the site has an integrated and very simple way of exchanging between these chips and bitcoins. Smart-property systems are OK (whether Bitcoin-based or not) as long as the site or software that the forum topic is about can accept bitcoins directly in exchange for the smart property. A site where you pay BTC to get a Namecoin domain would be OK. But altcoin or colored coin exchanges and topics about individual altcoins or colored coins themselves would usually not be OK (even if based on the Bitcoin block chain) because the end result of user action is a non-Bitcoin currency.
2. The main purpose of the topic is to discuss the creation/extension of something that would meet the above definition. (This probably belongs in Project Development.)
3. The main purpose of the topic is to discuss a reasonably-possible extension to the Bitcoin protocol/software or general discussion about ways of using the existing protocol. For example, discussion of merged mining is OK; discussion of Namecoin is not.  (This probably belongs in Dev&Tech.)

I don't know enough about AT to say whether it belongs outside of the altcoin section or not. I don't even know whether it has a currency component.
15  Other / Meta / Re: Russian section is not moderated on: February 20, 2015, 06:12:29 AM
You should create a topic in the Russian section to discuss whether a new moderator is necessary and, if so, who the new moderator should be. (Do not take a vote, though.) If there is consensus that one or more specific people should be made moderators, then I will (almost always) do it.
16  Other / Meta / Re: I was told to pay 0.07BTC to create an account here on: February 20, 2015, 05:48:32 AM
I think that the system was working basically as expected, but I made an adjustment which will reduce evil accumulation in some cases.

I'm curious to know what sites they link to for getting "free bitcoins". If it's just faucets, then obtaining enough to pay the 0.07 BTC fee would take months, if not years.

It links to this topic:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=74046.0

There are only 75 IPs in the database that can by themselves cause a fee requirement of more than 0.01 BTC, and 19 above 0.05 BTC. Fees are often very small. See the inputs of these transactions, for example:
http://blockexplorer.com/tx/f01405a1b0b0350d1217a2471aac65378fcc7c73b0488ae59a66c963f02480e9
http://blockexplorer.com/tx/6109d4c7d4f6d5c7abb867b21aeeaa45289ff7045a4d5e244ba6370c246493ca

(It was my intention when originally designing the system that 1 unit of evil would require about an hour of work and about a day of waiting to get the fee via faucet sites, but it's probably easier than that now.)
17  Other / Meta / Re: Delete button on: February 20, 2015, 04:49:33 AM
It's a test to see who will try to delete posts that they're not allowed to delete. You failed. Wink

It's a bug (or maybe an intentional optimization) that always exists in SMF AFAIK, but it's a very minor issue, so I never fixed it.
18  Other / Meta / Re: Who is this hero member with 1.4 billion posts? on: February 19, 2015, 09:04:16 PM
That's part of the anti-adblock system. There are a random number of fake posts before and after the ad area. They'll be hidden unless you turn off CSS. Disabling CSS is extremely unusual, so I don't consider it to be an issue.

The number is the unix timestamp when the page was generated.
19  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 144 on: February 19, 2015, 05:08:47 AM
It makes me really sad when people lose money like that, but I'm not sure how I can make things any clearer. Perhaps in future rounds I will require bidders to be at least Jr. Members so that they're more likely to know how the forum works.


Unrelated: I created this test page to help people design ads:
https://bitcointalk.org/ad_test.html
Download it, open it in a text editor, and look at the comments. (This is a little difficult to do with normal topic pages due to the anti-adblocker obfuscation code.)
20  Other / Meta / Re: [BUG] A little bug in the label news on: February 17, 2015, 09:48:43 PM
This also happened previously; you just didn't notice it because the link wasn't so long.

Whenever your session code is in the URL, all links are broken. Otherwise, your session code will be sent in the referrer if you click one of the links and the destination is HTTPS. (Links are also broken with some JavaScript things like quick edit when your session code is not in the URL.)

I changed the link to a shorter one so it's less annoying.
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