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1001  Other / Meta / Re: Recent downtime and data loss on: February 01, 2015, 11:46:43 AM
Searching is enabled again now. I also made several improvements to search. It should be substantially faster now, and maybe also more accurate. (SMF was extremely buggy in this area -- it's surprising that search was even usable before.)
1002  Other / Meta / Re: I need to recover Pm's on: February 01, 2015, 02:32:13 AM
I undeleted 15 PMs from evrynet to you. This might not be all of the PMs -- PMs are removed from the database if the sender and all recipients delete them.
1003  Other / Meta / Re: Mods killing an hardware manufacturers poll on: January 28, 2015, 05:55:17 AM
Having 6 open topics about the same thing isn't OK. It's not fair to people who read/post other topics, since they'll tend to have a disadvantage when it comes to position in the topics list.

Post the polls in Archival, and lock all of them. Then link to the polls from one topic in Hardware.
1004  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 143 on: January 28, 2015, 05:09:59 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 (no marquee or blinking). Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 700px 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 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 counts 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.

Auction rules

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

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made. In particular, bids from people with less than 15 activity points are likely to be rejected. I recommend not getting into a bidding war with someone who has less than 15 activity points, as their bids might not be accepted, but your latest bids will still stand. If you need to know right away whether someone's bids will be accepted, PM me.

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.

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). You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
1005  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 142 on: January 28, 2015, 04:50:09 AM
Sorry for the delay.

4 @ 4.2

Normally I would accept your bid because you tried to contact me first (even if I didn't respond), but the only review of your service is negative, so I won't accept your bid. Please try to grow without forum ads for a month or two, and then try again.

Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
4 4.00 FortuneJack
1 3.95 casinobitcoin
3 3.90 BitmainWarranty
1006  Local / Other languages/locations / Re: 日本の (Japanese) on: January 24, 2015, 05:52:58 PM
In Japan, the reason for having bitcoin is speculation or investment (most of Japanese don't like it very much), not using in daily life.
The confidence for Japanese Yen is strong, so most of Japanese don't think they should buy risky bitcoin.

Is confidence in the Yen going down at all? I heard that the central bank recently started increasing inflation a lot.

The Bitcoin price is very volatile right now, so most people shouldn't invest much money in it.

Besides, almost of Japanese Internet user (including me) have "monacoin". This is more popular than bitcoin.
"Ask Mona", a forum for monacoin is always excited. I think these are why bitcoin is not expanded in Japan.

That's too bad. Monacoin is basically exactly the same as Bitcoin, but without Bitcoin's extremely competent developers and established ecosystem.

I still don't have any confidence with English. Could I express myself?

Your English is mostly understandable, so you could probably post to the main English sections. I think that there also are a few native Japanese people around here. 私も日本語が少し話せます。
1007  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Core soft-fork proposal for strict DER enforcing on: January 24, 2015, 09:26:27 AM
I agree with the soft fork, though an annoying thing about this is that increasing the block version to 3 will cause everyone to get an "upgrade required" warning even though upgrading is not really required. It might cause systems to automatically shut down (due to alertnotify) or cause people to panic, and it increases the value of bitcoin.org as an attack target because everyone will be upgrading at the same time. I guess it can't be helped in this case, though maybe this warning should be removed or at least softened in future versions.
1008  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: BurtW arrested on: January 24, 2015, 03:17:58 AM
The indictment says:
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involved the transport and transmission of funds that were known to the defendant to have been derived from a criminal offense and were intended to be used to promote and support unlawful activity
I wonder what that's about. I doubt that he was knowingly helping the Silk Road or anything like that...
1009  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / BurtW arrested (update: charges dropped!) on: January 24, 2015, 03:17:45 AM
BurtW was recently arrested. The indictment (located by Raize):
http://www.scribd.com/doc/248973784/Bitcoin-indictment

Is there anything we can do to help him? There's a site with a donation address, though I'm a little suspicious that the site might be fake. (The arrest itself is very likely real.)
1010  Other / Meta / Re: Recent downtime and data loss on: January 23, 2015, 06:21:27 AM
Good job getting it back up.  I'm used to a config where you just hot swap drives that are about to fail.  Planning any changes after this experience?

That's what I expected to happen, but the RAID controller didn't notice that anything was wrong. I still need to figure out why.
1011  Other / Meta / Recent downtime and data loss on: January 23, 2015, 06:03:44 AM
Due to a failure of the RAID array that bitcointalk.org was running on, the database became corrupted. It was necessary to move the OS and restore the database using a daily backup. About 8 hours of data was lost (anything after about Jan 21 21:44 UTC).

I've been busy getting the forum back online, so I haven't investigated this much yet, but it may be possible for me to manually restore lost posts/PMs by searching the recovered database files for keywords that you remember. If you lost a post or PM that you feel is absolutely irreplacable, PM me and I'll see if I can recover it.

Everyone's drafts were also all lost. These are not backed up because they're automatically deleted after 14 days anyway.

Search is temporarily disabled because I need to regenerate the search index before it will be usable again.

There will some periodic downtime over the next few days (a few hours in total) as we get everything reconfigured/settled. A few things might be broken. Tell me if you see any bugs.

If you paid to remove a proxyban and this was not recognized due to the downtime, email the txid to the pbbugs email address and I'll whitelist you right away.

This week's ad stats were lost. The current ads will be up for an extra long time to make up for the downtime and the lost stats.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Technical details:

The bitcointalk.org and bitcoin.it databases were stored on a RAID 1+0 array: two RAID 1 arrays of 2 SSDs each, joined via RAID 0 (so 4 SSDs total, all the same model). We noticed yesterday that there were some minor file system errors on the bitcoin.it VM, but we took it for a fluke because there were no ongoing problems and the RAID controller reported no disk issues. A few hours later, the bitcointalk.org file system also started experiencing errors. When this was noticed, the bitcointalk.org database files were immediately moved elsewhere, but the RAID array deteriorated rapidly, and most of the database files ended up being too badly corrupted to be used. So a separate OS was set up on a different RAID array, and the database was restored using a daily backup.

My guess is that both of the SSDs in one of the RAID-1 sub-arrays started running out of spare sectors at around the same time. bitcoin.it runs on the same array, and it's been running low on memory for a few weeks, so its use of swap may have been what accelerated the deterioration of these SSDs. The RAID controller still reports no issues with the disks, but I don't see what else could cause this to happen to two distinct VMs. I guess the RAID controller doesn't know how to get the SMART data from these drives. (The drives are fairly old SSDs, so maybe they don't even support SMART.)

I plan on doing more investigation later to make sure that this doesn't happen again. I will probably also set up MySQL replication (or something) to prevent so much data loss in case something similar does happen again.

On the bright side, the backup worked fairly smoothly. This is the first time I've had to use one of the daily backups for real restoration.
1012  Other / Meta / Re: How to reset/disable secret security answer? on: January 18, 2015, 06:39:57 AM
Yes, just keep it blank. Make sure that the secret question area isn't full of whitespace characters. (Spaces don't count, but some other whitespace/invisible characters do.)
1013  Other / Meta / Re: Please give another section to ponzis... on: January 13, 2015, 10:12:07 AM
What does bear thinking about is if you create a "Ponzi" section then you run the risk of passively implying that if it's not in there then it's not a ponzi.

Yeah, that's part of why I want to create a section with very clearly defined and objective criteria.
1014  Other / Meta / Re: Please give another section to ponzis... on: January 13, 2015, 08:46:23 AM
This has come up before. The main issue is that ponzis are very similar to both other gambling sites and real investment sites, so it's difficult to create a category that includes exactly the right things. How about this:

Quote
Investor-based games
Games where the main factor is whether or not new "investors" join the game. Also any Bitcoin-denominated investment product with an APR of 15% or more, which are similarly risky even if they're not actually paying interest using investor deposits.

Would this description cover any real investments or non-ponzi gambling sites? Would it fail to cover any ponzis that have existed in the Bitcoin ecosystem?

Also, are any actual users of the Gambling section irritated by this, or are people just trying to hide this kind of game? Is anyone against the creation of this section?
1015  Other / Meta / Re: Forum HTTPS problems on: January 12, 2015, 12:42:24 AM
This topic is weird because it seems to have some SSL problem. I logged in to the forums from this link and later discovered that it didn't actually use https although it should have used it. Is it a security threat? Other bitcointalk topics seem to be OK but this one is different. Is it some bug in Firefox?

The problem was that the ICQ/YIM "user online" images were gotten from unencrypted sources. I've known about this for some time, but seeing your comment reminded me, and I fixed it. That's why it went away.
1016  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 142 on: January 11, 2015, 04:09:50 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 (no marquee or blinking). Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 700px 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 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 counts 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.

Auction rules

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

I reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made. In particular, bids from people with less than 15 activity points are likely to be rejected. I recommend not getting into a bidding war with someone who has less than 15 activity points, as their bids might not be accepted, but your latest bids will still stand. If you need to know right away whether someone's bids will be accepted, PM me.

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.

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). You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
1017  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 141 on: January 11, 2015, 04:06:43 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
3 2.70 FortuneJack
4 2.65 MariaQin
1 2.60 betcointm
1018  Other / Meta / Re: Akka - Default trust account no longer hacked! on: January 10, 2015, 11:07:09 PM
Spekulatius, could you get theymos to confirm this? That would help your case a lot.

Confirmed.
1019  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Users of Bitcoin Core on Linux must not upgrade to the latest version of OpenSSL on: January 10, 2015, 07:33:39 PM
I use FreeBSD, is it affected?

Yes. I probably should have said "unix-like". The issue affects any system where you're dynamically linking Bitcoin Core against the system OpenSSL. This could even be done on Windows, though that'd be very unusual.

ubuntu 14.04
Quote
affected?

Yes.

Is the issue having the new version of OpenSSL at compile-time, or at run-time? (My build of 0.10rc1 links dynamically to /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libssl.so.1.0.0, but I don't know about 0.9.3 or builds made on the PPA as part of a Debian build process).

It's an issue of what Bitcoin Core will use. If it's statically linking an OK version of OpenSSL, then updated your system OpenSSL is OK. If it's dynamically linking, then you'll have problems. The binaries on bitcoin.org statically link OpenSSL. I think that almost all Linux distros distribute versions of bitcoind/bitcoin-qt that dynamically link.

If you're compiling Bitcoin Core using the normal configure+make, then it'll link dynamically. I'm not sure how to force this to link statically.
1020  Other / Meta / Re: Replacing DefaultTrust on: January 10, 2015, 06:20:32 AM
What do all the colors mean though?

The colors are the same as the colors on Who's Online:
- Admins = red
- Global mods = dark blue
- Donators = green
- VIPs = violet
- Staff = pink
- Regular users are various shades of grey, getting darker with seniority.
- Legendary = lightish blue
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