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1161  Other / Meta / Re: Forbidding useless posts when user has a paid signature on: June 17, 2013, 06:13:57 PM
Insubstantial posts like that are off-topic and should be deleted in any case.
1162  Other / Meta / Re: Where's the new forum Theymos? on: June 17, 2013, 10:38:58 AM
- More money is better than less money. I'm not going to turn down donations when people want to donate. (Though when asked, I often recommend that people not donate.) I'm not going to stop selling ads even though the forum probably has "enough" money. It's not bad for the forum to have extra money. It will be used on something useful at some point. If you don't like this, don't donate.
- More than half of the forum's money is from ads, not donations.
- During the school year, I am a full time student. I barely have time to administrate the forum.
- When I do have time, there are many interesting/important/fun things that compete for my attention. I don't spend all day working on the forum. I've certainly not been working full-time for 12 months on vaporware forum software...

I am still very interested in creating new forum software, and we probably now have enough money to do it. SMF works alright (definitely not perfectly), but there are two main problems with it that require more than just some modifications. Firstly, the coding style is generally insecure. It's very easy to introduce new security flaws, and it's likely that SMF has unknown security flaws. Secondly, modifications to SMF are somewhat difficult, and some types of modifications are so difficult that they will almost certainly never be done here. (Other forum software isn't significantly better, from what I've seen.)

There is unfortunately no magical machine which takes money and creates excellent software or hires a team of competent people. I'm not quite sure how best to turn the money into a good software product. I originally intended to give someone a bunch of money and have them handle the whole thing. I talked with dozens of people interested in doing this, but none of them made me totally confident. A while ago I decided that I will probably never be confident in any one person/company handling the entire project because I've thought about it much longer than they have (2 years), and I have many details about how it should work in my mind. So I probably need to get closer to the development process. My current plan is to write some detailed up-to-date specifications and do some of the high-level architectural work (DB tables, primarily) and then lead a team to do the rest.

I have a little more time now, but the forum software project is a somewhat low priority. I have several high-priority things to fix with the current software. If you want to help, I could use a very security-conscious PHP programmer to help me maintain/improve the current SMF installation.
1163  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 17, 2013, 07:42:45 AM
I don't like any trust system that has a global trust rating. It disincentives people from posting controversial ideas.

These scores are taken from your trust network. They are not global scores.
1164  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 17, 2013, 06:32:32 AM
I strongly support Matthew's decision to leave the forum forever in protest of these mod payments. What a hero.

Someone correct me if I am wrong but the donations were not used to pay mods.

Right.
1165  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 17, 2013, 05:50:41 AM
Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Mtgox Live was developed by coderrr, I believe. rasengan was involved in some other way.
1166  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 17, 2013, 04:37:03 AM
The forum's server is actually hosted by nforce.nl. I'm not sure how easy it would be for the US government to force PIA to do anything regarding the server. They aren't really the forum's ISP. The server is a gift from PIA to the forum. They don't have root access or anything, though because they pay the bills, they probably have ultimate control over the server in the eyes of nforce.nl. Maybe this situation could be improved.
1167  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 17, 2013, 04:08:42 AM
rasengan had something to do with MtGox Live, which was later acquired by MtGox. PIA is not owned by MtGox.
1168  Other / Meta / Re: New Bitcointalk Dark Theme! on: June 17, 2013, 03:24:01 AM
Nothing anyone can do about it unfortunately, at least not with client-side CSS. The only unique identifier for the adbox specifically is dynamically generated with PHP. So the identifier is different every time you load a page.

I noticed that when I wrote that obfuscation code. Wink There may be a more general CSS selector that you can use.

How does it not work correctly?   It is the only way I can see when people edit their posts, or is this an "error"?

The Ignore and Trust features aren't (fully) implemented on BlackBox. You can see when people edit their posts on the default theme. The time under their post will have a dotted underline, and hovering your mouse over it gives you the edit time.
1169  Other / Meta / Re: Custom Hardware Organization? on: June 17, 2013, 03:19:43 AM
Sections need to be vendor-neutral. What do you think of:

Mining
    Hardware
        [directly in Hardware: ASIC, etc.]
        Low-performance hardware (CPU, GPU, etc.)
        Group buys

I'll move everything currently in Hardware directly to Low-performance and everything in Custom Hardware to Hardware.

Are more sections than this needed?
1170  Other / Meta / Re: Forum avatar is BROKEN on: June 17, 2013, 03:08:50 AM
Having http images (or https images with invalid certificates) on an https site results in warnings on a lot of browsers. I allow it with [img] tags because they're more rare.

Some day I'd like to have something like:

Code:
[fetch]http://mining.com/my_stats.txt[/fetch]

which would cause the forum to periodically fetch the textual data from the given URL and insert it into the post. This is a very low priority, though.
1171  Other / Meta / Re: New Bitcointalk Dark Theme! on: June 16, 2013, 04:27:57 PM
there already is a dark theme.

It doesn't work correctly. A user style is better.

Damn, I can't actually target the adbox without targeting the entire threads borders =\

Looks like the white's staying there.

Screenshot? Maybe I can help.
1172  Other / Meta / Re: This account has been compromised. on: June 16, 2013, 07:16:54 AM
An account-stealing Java exploit has been going around lately. You might have run into this, though I'm not sure whether this exploit allows the attacker to change your account settings.
1173  Other / Meta / Re: This account has been compromised. on: June 16, 2013, 07:03:22 AM
Is it under your control now? Your email address is currently the same as it was before.
1174  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 07:22:47 PM
Someone who can't shut down a site clearly doesn't own it, wouldn't you say?

So you're saying the US government owns this site? That's a pretty non-answer you've given.

Logic fail.

Would it be fair to say that you own it, but there are others who have administrator privileges and certain steps have been taken to require other people who work for you to agree before a very select few actions can be taken, correct?

No.
1175  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 06:37:31 PM
You asked who owned the forum, and I gave you a detailed answer. Someone who can't shut down a site clearly doesn't own it, wouldn't you say? No one person can shut down the forum, so I like to say that no one owns the forum. Alternatively, you could maybe say that the forum is owned by a corporation-like entity with a very unusual structure.
1176  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 06:27:13 PM
Who owns it?

Depends on your definition of ownership. Different resources are controlled by different people. Private Internet Access has ultimate control of the server. Sirius owns the domain. A lot of the money is managed in accordance with the Treasury Agreements, which defines a somewhat more complex organizational structure, though these agreements don't rule the entire forum. I coordinate it all, but I have no ultimate, binding authority over anything except the bitcoins that I hold (and I'd like to reduce this). No one person can permanently shut down the forum.
1177  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 05:07:36 PM
The forum is no longer associated with MtGox in any way.
1178  Other / Meta / Re: ***MODS HELP*** PIZZA account hacked on: June 15, 2013, 07:11:51 AM
I can't confirm that he was hacked. He should email me.
1179  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 05:31:21 AM
As far as upgrades go, theymos has done pretty well so far. Most recently, he added the trust system. He should seriously be paying himself just for that, but so far he really hasn't been* (as far as I know?).

I do increase my "quality score" in the mod payments algorithm to account for this.
1180  Other / Meta / Re: Are the mods getting paid from this forum? on: June 15, 2013, 05:29:28 AM
these advertising campaigns that are earmarked "creation of good forum software".

The ad auctions say, "In order to collect more money for the creation of good forum software and for other useful purposes... ."

I'm curious as to why the ad money resides in various wallets, moved many times to perhaps cloak its origins.

Bitcoin transaction data isn't meaningful by default. I would need to take extra steps to make the transactions easy to understand, and I'm not going to do that. It's all transparent, though.

Total BTC received:  6499.60971212
BTC in my cold storage address: 3043.20940098
BTC in treasurers' cold storage addresses: 3250
Approximate expenses (total received - BTC in cold storage): 206.40031114
Actual expenses (from my records): 225.9696519

Expenses breakdown:
- Hosting: 27.96617
- Forum improvement: 40
- BTC storage: 21.9
- Mod payments: 136.1034819

This doesn't include any income since the last mod payment, and there may be minor floating-point errors that I don't care to account for.
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