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1  Other / Meta / Re: Identifying the linked-to post in a topic (SMF patch) on: May 14, 2024, 04:36:29 PM
Added, thanks! What looked best IMO was to do the arrow and black color, but without the text-decoration:none or cursor: default.

Also, while I was messing around with the topic HTML anyway, I decided to just completely remove the ad area. I don't foresee selling ads again anytime soon, and while maybe the factoids were providing some value, many of them were outdated.
2  Other / Meta / Re: Are no-KYC services banned? on: May 08, 2024, 04:12:21 AM
No-KYC exchanges, casinos, etc. are very intentionally not banned. This service is different in two important ways:

First, referring to the mixer definition, it "has a feature advertised for taking property, improving its privacy somehow, and then returning roughly the same type of property." It allows BTC->BTC "trades", which satisfies the "returning the same property" part, and it advertises itself as improving privacy of the returned coins. So it's a mixer. Most no-KYC exchanges neither allow BTC->BTC "trades" nor advertise their service as improving the privacy of your coins somehow, whereas a mixer would have to do both of those things.

Second: If somebody posted on the Currency Exchange board and offered to trade your stolen coins for clean coins minus a fee, or linked to a website meant to effect such trades, that would definitely be disallowed due to the prohibition on illegal trades, even before the mixer ban. The service in question here does not use the phrase "stolen coins": they say "dirty coins", which is definitely different and could include some legally-sourced coins. But when I look at all of their marketing materials holistically, it all feels too close to the stolen-coins-trader example. So I'd lean toward banning this particular service even if they didn't meet the mixer definition. "Make your dirty coins clean" is not something that typical no-KYC exchanges advertise.
3  Other / Meta / Re: Post history (action=profile;sa=showPosts) sometimes renders [code] too wide on: May 02, 2024, 09:20:07 PM
I merged an updated version of this patch which PowerGlove sent me. It looks to me like it fixed the problem, and I haven't been able to find anything that this change broke.

Thanks for finally finding a way to cleanly fix this long-standing annoyance!
4  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: May 01, 2024, 06:48:29 PM
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5  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: MemoryDealers aka Roger Ver Arrested! on: May 01, 2024, 03:10:38 AM
I read the full indictment, and it looks pretty bad. The thing where he allegedly decided in 2016 to file a 2011 gift tax return saying that he had gifted bitcoins to his partner stood out as especially bad to me. (I wonder: why are they allowed to use quotes from emails between Ver and his lawyer?)

The indictment is just one side of the story, though. It seems to me that the best argument from Ver will be that it was an unintentional mistake. Ver apparently had a bunch of bitcoins floating around between himself-personally and mostly-disregarded-entity S-corps. Pre-expatriation, it may not have been important whether the bitcoins belonged to him or the corporations, so it may have been reasonable for him to not put much thought into the matter. But then it does very much matter during the appraisal of the corporations, and it all gets even more complicated when the S-corps automatically become C-corps after expatriation. That's all very confusing. If I was in that situation, I could see making some sort of honest mistake regarding all of that mess. Though the indictment does try to provide a lot of evidence for intent, and it would've been an awfully big mistake, apparently.

An important detail to note is that this was a grand jury empaneled in June 2023, with the indictment filed in February, and then it was just recently unsealed after he was arrested. There clearly is a DoJ-wide mandate to target crypto, but I don't think that this was intentionally planned to coincide with the Samourai case, or with Ver's book, or anything like that.

I'm not a big fan of the guy overall, but since he's having a very bad day, I'd like to say some nice things about him for a second. He put a lot of effort into building the very-early Bitcoin ecosystem. He's a anarcho-capitalist like me, which is cool. I saw that he once made a large donation to antiwar.com. He's a free-thinker and a freedom-lover, somebody who recognizes that something is terribly wrong with the world, and wants to do something about it. If I had to rank all people on Earth from my favorite to least-favorite, I'd put Ver above where I'd put "every person I don't know anything about", since there are way more experiences/ideas/values I share with Ver than I share with eg. some random farmer in China. So I hope this legal situation turns out well for him, especially since this seems to be part of a larger "war on crypto".
6  Other / Meta / Re: Is Samourai wallet now banned from Bitcointalk? on: April 25, 2024, 05:49:16 PM
If Samourai in particular (the entity, not its protocol/code) pops up again via a Tor hidden service or something, that would be banned. There's no need to ban links to already-seized sites.

Other trustless CoinJoin services are still allowed. This case seems largely to rely on an idiosyncratic issue with Samourai, namely that there were allegedly instances of Samourai devs very directly marketing to people committing crimes.

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Theymos probably opened a Pandora's box when he banned mixers
I feel that this sort of thing justifies my decision, which was based in part on seeing a pattern of increasing "squeezing" of privacy services. This Samourai action is in-line with my predicted trend, which I think will only get worse. Since I am not surprised by this sort of action, it does not make me want to expand the mixer definition.



There's a giant institution with guns out there which wants to destroy every centralized, destroyable component they can find related to privacy. Every centralized privacy service is at risk of being nuked from orbit at any moment, and you want to be nowhere near the strike zone. I think that the legal argument against Samourai is fairly weak, but the law is only ink on a piece of paper: it has no magical powers to protect you. I wouldn't be surprised if the Samourai devs win their case in the end, but their lives are still going to be ruined for at least the next few years, and they'll probably be bankrupted. The fact is that the powers-that-be desperately want these things destroyed, and they're eventually going to find ways of destroying them, if there's any way to do so.

I'm certainly not saying that privacy is a lost cause, but this environment requires a much higher standard of robustness and decentralization. This isn't as free a world as it was when Bitcoin was first created.
7  Other / Meta / Downtime on: April 23, 2024, 07:52:17 PM
Sorry about those few minutes of errors. I was trying to update something which I thought wouldn't cause any issues, but it did cause major issues, which I wasn't entirely prepared for.
8  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Happy 4th Bitcoin Halving on: April 20, 2024, 01:34:57 AM
Happy halving! Once again, Satoshi's hand reaches out from the past and chops another bit off of the subsidy.

IIRC, in last halvings there was lull in the price for some time after the halving before the effect of the reduced supply really started to be felt. I wonder if that'll happen this time.
9  Other / Meta / Re: Mixers to be banned on: April 13, 2024, 06:58:29 PM
Previously, I was under the impression that Jambler was merely a software or platform provider, like Wordpress or AWS. But after reviewing it more closely, it meets the definition of a mixer as written. My mind was especially changed when I saw this diagram from their website:


The diagram clearly shows that Jambler is the actual mixer. They issue the "letters of guarantee", they send the BTC directly to the final customer, etc. The partners are just lightweight proxies in front of the true mixer, which is Jambler. Jambler "has a feature advertised for taking property, improving its privacy somehow, and then returning roughly the same type of property", and it meets the other two criteria, so it's a mixer.

(Maybe you could make the case that Jambler's actual customers are its partners instead of the final end-users, but even in that case Jambler is acting as a mixer for its partners. Jambler is the one doing the mixing. So it's still a mixer in either case.)

Since I had previously ruled that Jambler did not meet the definition of a mixer, and I've now changed my mind, there will be a short grace period: Jambler will be wordfiltered (and otherwise treated as a mixer) starting on April 22.

As with other banned mixers, please do not interpret this as a moral judgement. I'm not saying that Jambler is or is not bad.
10  Other / Meta / Re: Identifying the linked-to post in a topic (SMF patch) on: April 08, 2024, 08:41:36 PM
I like the idea. All proposed styles seem OK to me, though some alternative styling ideas which come to mind are:
 - Change the color of the entire post <tr>, using a different color than the usual alternating blue and grey (but not too different).
 - Add a little red(?) asterisk or something in the lower-right corner of the post icon (ie. td.td_headerandpost table tbody tr td a img).

When you open the HTML source of this page for example, there are a bunch of "shadow" posts under the OP. These are invisible posts that have the same HTML structure as real posts, but they don't have anything inside them. There is usually a random amount of these displayed, anywhere from one to three. So what is the deal with that, and where do they come from?

Those are decoy posts meant to confuse adblockers. This is also why a lot of the CSS classes randomize on each pageload. Now that there are no ads, I could remove both of these things. Would doing so break anyone's parsers?
11  Other / Meta / Re: Security bounties on: April 08, 2024, 08:07:00 PM
1) Is it required to have a persistent custom HTTP header in all requests, e.g. "X-Bug-Bounty: {bitcointalk username}"?

No.

2) Is it acceptable to use newly created / generic sock puppet accounts for testing?

Yes.

3) Is the "The Glider" forum badge assigned in all cases where a vulnerability is disclosed and patched, or only when a payment bug bounty is provided? (I am curious if this badge will be given out for low to medium risk findings that are not eligible for a payment bounty, but could still be useful)

Probably only for the listed security bounties.

4) If my genuine IP or testing accounts are banned for suspicious use whilst performing bug bounty testing, will my normal BitcoinTalk account remain unaffected?

IPs are only banned for making too many requests, not for suspicious behavior. So just don't make more than one request per second.

A lot of people try to run "website security scanners", and then report the "bugs" that these software packages find. Please don't do that. These scanners only ever report little configuration things which some people consider less than ideal, like allowing certain TLS ciphers, or sending/not-sending certain HTTP headers, and stuff like that. It's not useful.
12  Other / Meta / Re: Adjustments to Merit calculation on: April 02, 2024, 12:01:53 AM
April fools! I feel like more people were legitimately fooled by this one than normal. Grin

In hindsight, I made the new titles too difficult to get. But it's shocking that so many veteran members were finally revealed as Certified Shitposters. Shocked (They were Cyrus, fillippone, LoyceV, xhomerx10, goldkingcoiner, and DdmrDdmr.)

Thanks to PowerGlove for suggesting the idea!
13  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: April 01, 2024, 07:07:26 PM
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14  Other / Meta / [April fools] Adjustments to Merit calculation on: April 01, 2024, 12:03:28 AM
Edit: April fools!

In recent years, it seems that a lot of people have been making low-value posts just to get paid. To address this, I've added a merit "cost" to posting: from this point forward, for every 15 characters you post, you will lose one Merit point. This should eliminate any incentive to make low-value posts.

Any halfway-decent poster should be able to earn much more merit than they lose due to the penalty. But I recognize that some good posts are occasionally overlooked. So to counterbalance the penalty, I also added a system whereby you will earn a bit of merit just by reading posts. If you want to write a lot, you'd better do some reading as well!

For both the penalty and the bonus, this applies only to your merit score, and does not affect sendable merit (sMerit).

Let me know what you think of these adjustments.
15  Economy / Games and rounds / Re: [VOTING PHASE OPEN] Bitcointalk Pie Baking Contest (2nd Edition) on: March 19, 2024, 10:16:13 PM
Bitcointalk Account: theymos
My vote goes to: Mame89, acroman08, Despairo, Bd officer

Mame89's was the best IMO due to the large amount of variety and detail. Acroman08's is also good-looking and thematic. Despairo's dragonfruit pie is vibrant and interesting; I wonder how it'd taste. A lot of people used pomegranate "drawings" to good effect, and I think that Bd officer's was the best of these.

Thanks for running the contest, RickDeckard!
16  Other / Meta / Re: Is something wrong with the forum’s native search function? on: March 09, 2024, 10:10:09 PM
But I think that the search function still doesn't work as it should

That's unrelated to the issue DdmrDdmr brought up.

Search has a number of quirks, and I'm not going to fix them all right now. In this case, your search didn't work as expected because words appearing in a large percentage of posts are not indexed within posts at all. Currently, there are 181 unindexed words, and "bitcoin" is one of them. So if you search for "bitcoin", it will not even look for posts containing "bitcoin" in their bodies, though it will search topic subjects, and it will highlight "bitcoin" in any posts found via subject-search. As another example, if you search for "bitcoin candy", it will search for messages with [both bitcoin AND candy in their subject] OR [candy in their body], even though it will highlight both "bitcoin" and "candy" in message-bodies in the results. (Furthermore, this will exceed the result limit, so you will actually only get an arbitrary subset of the possible results.)

Next time I reindex posts, probably it would be a good idea to not have any nouns in the list of unindexed words.
17  Other / Meta / Re: Is something wrong with the forumís native search function? on: March 08, 2024, 08:45:09 PM
Thanks for reporting it, I think I fixed it now.
18  Other / Meta / Re: DT update log on: March 01, 2024, 08:38:41 PM
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19  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Satoshi - Sirius emails 2009-2011 on: February 24, 2024, 01:33:36 AM
Skimming through those makes me so nostalgic...

Next time somebody complains about the version of SMF on bitcointalk.org, I have a great excuse!
Quote from: satoshi
Hopefully the 1.1.x line is mature and updates are infrequent.  We
shouldn't upgrade to 2.0.  I made a ton of customisations that wouldn't
be compatible, and I kind of prefer the look of 1.1 over 2.0 anyway.
20  Other / Meta / Re: My account was changed email on: February 06, 2024, 08:21:44 PM
I thought people would quickly figure out on their own from the new email address what happened, but maybe it's not as clear as I thought. Maybe later I'll put a big red notice about it on the Account Settings page if you've been affected, especially if more people keep coming to Meta and asking about it.

So what happens if an existing email address suppose "testmail123@gmail.com" gets disable or ban for some unknown reason? The address won't exist then. Google recently made a new policy where inactive gmail are deleted.

You weren't receiving email before because your email got banned/disabled, and now you'll still not be receiving email. Nothing is lost. The forum account isn't banned or anything.

Another possible issue is if email can't be received temporary, because of maintenance or outage.

If it's temporarily down, then it won't give a bounce message of "No such mailbox" (or similar), so the email won't be affected. Gmail for example responds via SMTP, "550-5.1.1 The email account that you tried to reach does not exist. Please try 550-5.1.1 double-checking the recipient's email address for typos or 550-5.1.1 unnecessary spaces. Learn more at 550 5.1.1  https://support.google.com/mail/?p=NoSuchUser". We're detecting several variations on that "no such user" SMTP response.

Longer-term, I would also like to do something about emails where the domain times-out or returns a "temporary" error in like 3 of the last 12 months or something like that. If you register with an email like asdfwerwe@werwetwerwer.com, then somebody could register werwetwerwer.com and steal the account that way. But this issue isn't on my short-term to-do list at all.
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