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1161  Other / New forum software / Re: threaded? on: January 01, 2015, 10:26:50 AM
The problem with the flat layout is that off-topic remarks need to be strictly controlled in order to keep the thread even remotely readable.

I don't like Reddit's threading that much, but I think that this is mostly a UI issue. It hides deeply-nested comments and discourages long replies. Usenet, mailing lists, Slashdot, etc. are threaded, and the threading works well in these cases IMO.

One large site where the flat layout works well is 4chan. But this forum is very very different from 4chan, so I don't think that it's good to use 4chan as a model in general.
1162  Other / Meta / Re: Is there cases of members with massive positive Trust that ended up scamming? on: January 01, 2015, 10:20:05 AM
I thought about this a lot when designing the Trust system, but unfortunately there just isn't any way to protect against long-term con men. If someone sets out with the goal of building up trust for several years and then pulling a massive scam, and if he's skilled at hiding his true intentions, I don't think that anything will stop him. You just have to try to minimize the risk and impact of getting scammed by such people.

An important point of increased risk is when trusted people start aggregating BTC from a lot of people. For example, TradeFortess had tons of successful trades, some very large, but through he could scam hundreds of people at once. And each user was probably thinking, "TF has handled thousands of bitcoins at once without problems -- there's no way he'd steal my measly 0.5 BTC." But since he can steal from many people at once, the scam becomes worthwhile. (I'm assuming here that TF stole user deposits, which I am still not completely sure about.)
1163  Other / Meta / Re: Upcoming downtime on: December 31, 2014, 09:25:17 PM
Change of plans: This will actually happen next week sometime. I'll post more info when I can.
1164  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 141 on: December 30, 2014, 09:35:39 PM
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.)


Exact historical impression counts per slot:

Info about the current ad slots:

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 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.
1165  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 140 on: December 30, 2014, 09:26:11 PM
Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
4 1.80 betcointm
1 1.80 EricKennedy
3 1.75 FortuneJack
1166  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitnodes crawlers from 54.x.x.x (Amazon EC2 instances) on: December 30, 2014, 12:33:16 AM
I noticed those as well. They make me wonder whether Bitcoin Core should try to identify and drop useless peers when getting close to the connection limit.
1167  Other / Meta / Upcoming downtime on: December 29, 2014, 11:51:42 PM
The forum and will be down for two hours on Wednesday at around 19:00 UTC. This is routine maintenance. There won't be any user-facing changes after the downtime.
1168  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Core 0.10.0rc1 has been released on: December 29, 2014, 01:49:15 AM
RC1 uses BerkeleyDB?

It's still used for the wallet. It's not used for anything else.
1169  Local / Hrvatski (Croatian) / Moderatora on: December 28, 2014, 06:24:29 PM
Who should be the moderator of this section? Moderators must be able to read and write in English fairly well so that they can communicate with me.

This is a discussion, not an election.

To ensure that I can get the gist of what you're saying, please add a brief English summary to your posts if possible.

Automatic translation of the above:

Tko bi trebao biti moderator ovog dijela? Moderatori moraju biti u stanju čitati i pisati na engleskom prilično dobro, tako da oni mogu komunicirati sa mnom.

Ovo je diskusija, a ne izbori.

Kako bi se osiguralo da se mogu dobiti suština onoga što govoriš, dodajte kratak sažetak engleskog svojim postovima, ako je moguće.
1170  Other / Meta / Re: This forum was down for me for sometime on: December 28, 2014, 05:54:05 PM
It was apparently a short DoS attack. This kind of thing happens from time to time. It's nothing to worry about.

What you should worry about is if the HTTPS public key or IP address changes. I'll always post a PGP-signed announcement for such changes.
1171  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: What does bitcoin network have to prevent this attack? on: December 25, 2014, 12:18:59 AM
Sending a double-spending transaction doesn't affect a peer's ban score.
1172  Other / Meta / Re: Spondoolies Spam on: December 24, 2014, 08:13:00 PM
The moderation guidelines say:
Topic creation should not be annoying. There should not be too many topics about the same thing in a short time period, and individuals should not post too many topics. "Too many" depends on the quality of the topics.

If an entire page is taken up by Spondoolies reviews, then that's probably too many topics. How this should be handled is more tricky, since I don't want to suppress anyone's honest opinion. We'll see if ckolivas' locking solution is helpful.
1173  Other / New forum software / Re: Reference: Discourse and Flarum on: December 23, 2014, 01:18:12 AM
Really hoping the interface isn't going to look the same as those two my favorite forum turned into using the discourse software and i had to quit using it really I think it's horrible considering its suppose to be the revolution of forum software.

I agree. Discourse seems clunky and very sparse in features. I never used it for a long period of time, though. What things did you find most annoying? Was it just the fact that you lost 80% of your previous forum software's features?

There's something about the UIs of a lot of modern websites that I don't like. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, though. Too much wasted space, maybe? Not enough info on each page?
1174  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Setting up a new Bitcoin node... on: December 23, 2014, 12:49:33 AM
Also see this wiki page that I wrote recently:
1175  Other / Meta / Re: Lock my account please (RiverBoatBTC) on: December 22, 2014, 01:02:49 AM
I used the security questions to get back in.

You didn't...
1176  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Question about the development cycle. on: December 21, 2014, 07:49:59 PM
There's no set schedule. New major versions are released when the developers think that the new features are useful and stable enough for general use. Minor versions are bugfixes and other very minor changes. Historically, major versions have been supported for at least two years (ie, they get security updates and should remain compatible with the rest of the network), though this is not guaranteed.

I think that 0.10 is basically in feature freeze. A release candidate should be coming any day now. Then there will probably be at least a few weeks of public testing before the real release.
1177  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Shrem to jail for two years!!! Holy shit! on: December 20, 2014, 05:06:56 AM
That's terrible news. He didn't do anything ethically wrong.

Throughout all this, I've been wondering how much he was actually complicit in the Silk Road stuff. Apparently he knew that btcking had something to do with the Silk Road, but was it just a bit of passing knowledge, or was he actually very purposefully trying to help btcking with money laundering? I'd feel better if it was the latter, since at least he'd have known the risks ahead of time.
1178  Other / Meta / Re: [REPORT] ~ Please *stop* this user on: December 20, 2014, 04:09:50 AM
Pardon this question so late in the day - but the only way to report a user is to report specific posts to the moderator, correct?

For example - this user has made 49 spammy posts in around 51 minutes (is that a record?). If I do report one or two of his posts, would moderators just delete those posts (if they agree that it is spam) or would they look at his posts and evaluate whether to ban him?

Report only one or two posts (the most spammy ones), but note in your report that all of the user's posts are bad.

1179  Other / Meta / Re: [REQ] Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian section in the "Other Languages" forum. on: December 19, 2014, 09:35:01 PM
Yes. The languages are very, very similar. Name it simply "Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian", I dunno.

Language sections are named "[local name for language] ([English name for language])". Is Hrvatski the correct name for the language(s) in all three languages? If not, what are the three words for the languages in the three languages? Or is there some other single word that means "Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian"?
1180  Other / Meta / Re: [REQ] Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian section in the "Other Languages" forum. on: December 19, 2014, 09:27:49 PM
The languages are very similar and we can understand each other perfectly fine.

I missed this originally. Is this true? Should I rename the board to something that combines all three languages? If so, what should it be called?
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