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1161  Other / Meta / Re: VIP Member "goat" abusing trust rating system on: January 02, 2014, 06:00:22 AM
Well this may be related to a problem that the Bitcoin-OTC trust system shares:  Trust for trades is not the same thing as trust for trust.  There are people I'd gladly let hold my money, but I'd take their opinions of others with a big grain of salt because they're too trusting, too critical, or are just big on grudges and retaliation.

(I was going to say that trust-trust is a subset of trade-trust, but I can think of at least one forum member who's ratings I'd weigh heavily but that I'd never trade with them)

The forum's trust system is better than bitcoin-otc in this area because you can give someone a positive rating without trusting their ratings. Your situation is caused by two other defects in the forum's trust system:
- If you trust someone in your trust list and your depth is 1+, you will trust everyone they trust. There's no fancy WoT algorithm here, or even a way to add manual exceptions. So I can't remove Goat from my trust network without also removing DeaDTerra.
- The trust score algorithm isn't very good in general. In this case it sees that you're a new user of the trust system, so it penalizes you in various ways. But this is really not appropriate for you...
1162  Other / Meta / Re: VIP Member "goat" abusing trust rating system on: January 02, 2014, 05:26:39 AM
BadBear removed Goat from his trust list at some point (not sure when), so he's not part of the default trust network anymore.
1163  Other / Meta / Re: Signatures: links, colors, sizes and frustration. on: January 02, 2014, 03:41:14 AM
Different versions of BBcode are often not compatible. Write your signature in the post composition box with the helpful buttons, use preview to see how it looks, and then copy that.
1164  Other / Meta / Re: Why no trust in meta? on: January 01, 2014, 04:16:21 PM
Is there any reason why it isn't shown everywhere?

Trade trustworthiness is irrelevant to discussion. Scammers can still contribute useful ideas to a discussion.
1165  Other / Meta / Pending downtime on: January 01, 2014, 03:59:32 AM
In about 10 minutes, the forum will be down for about 10 minutes for maintenance.
1166  Other / Meta / Re: Badges on: December 31, 2013, 08:33:31 PM
How many Bitcoin experts are there?

1167  Other / Meta / Re: Forum ranks/positions (What do those shiny coins under my name mean?) on: December 31, 2013, 06:57:37 AM
I added badge info.
1168  Other / Meta / Badges on: December 31, 2013, 06:55:38 AM
I added a system of badges to SMF a while ago, though only two are defined now. Here are the current badges:

Bitcoin expertDev&Tech only. People with this badge know enough about the Bitcoin network to reimplement something very like it from scratch. They are capable of intelligently discussing the Bitcoin network: current protocol, possible attacks, proposed changes, etc. Criteria: Recommendation by an existing Bitcoin expert or core dev and approval by a forum administrator.
Bitcoin-Qt core developer Dev&Tech only. These are the core developers of Satoshi's Bitcoin client. They are listed here. Core developers are among the top contributors to Bitcoin-Qt, and they are all bitcoin experts, though they don't also get that badge.

A core dev does not "outrank" a bitcoin expert (or vice-versa), and it's possible for someone without a badge to contribute meaningfully to a discussion with experts and core devs.
1169  Other / Meta / Re: Patrol? on: December 31, 2013, 05:57:23 AM
I'm assuming so users can report spammers and help the moderators.

Right. There's no harm in it, anyway.
1170  Other / Meta / Re: Image Proxy on: December 31, 2013, 12:21:10 AM
1.5 does really suck, 2.5 would be perfect

OK, I increased it to 2.5.

Eitherway man the proxy thing is annoying...  Undecided

1171  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 107 on: December 30, 2013, 11:36:52 PM
Notice that I have changed the minimum increment:
- All bid prices must be evenly divisible by 0.05.
- The bidding starts at 0.50.
1172  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 107 on: December 30, 2013, 11:36:28 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. Ads will be prefixed with "Advertisement:". 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.

There are 10 total ad slots which are randomly rotated. So one ad slot has a one in ten chance of appearing. Seven 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 frequently get 1-2 extra days, 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 seven slots are filled.

So if someone bids for 7 slots @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 7 slots. If the two highest bids are 7 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 6 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 also post periodic status updates which should help make things clear.

You must pay for your slots within 24 hours of receiving the payment address. Otherwise your slots may be sold to someone else.
1173  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 106 on: December 30, 2013, 11:29:41 PM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 4.75 CEX
3 4.75 betcointm
1174  Other / Meta / Re: [Feature added] Color besides usernames for Ignored by % of established members. on: December 30, 2013, 11:24:48 PM
I have temporarily disabled this feature unless you are logged in. It is very expensive. I plan to make it less expensive soon, but this requires many changes.
1175  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bitcoin protocol spec on: December 30, 2013, 11:19:37 PM
The code of Bitcoin-Qt is the only complete protocol reference. If your protocol-related behavior doesn't exactly match the behavior of Bitcoin-Qt, even if you accurately follow the protocol specification on the wiki, then you are wrong.
1176  Other / Meta / Re: AUTO-SAVE feature in the post you are writing on: December 30, 2013, 11:09:29 PM
I don't want to look like I'm advertising but my userscript BitcoinTalk++ now saves the content of the textbox and can resurrect the last one

Can this be made into portable JS without any additional JS libraries? I'll add it to
1177  Other / Meta / Re: Image Proxy on: December 30, 2013, 11:06:05 PM
The proxy is supposed to follow redirects at least once. Is that a multiple-redirect?
1178  Other / Meta / Re: Can an abandoned account be removed? on: December 30, 2013, 11:02:19 PM
Removal of old accounts is not unprecedented. Many users have requested account deletion on this forum, and others may have been deleted for non-publicized reasons. I did some data crunching, and got 3565 missing account numbers, either because they were deleted or were never created

There was one purge of inactive accounts a long time ago, and it used to be policy to delete the accounts of spammers. But accounts are almost never deleted nowadays.

Note that I reserve the right to reuse old account numbers. I've done this at least once.
1179  Other / Meta / Re: Image Proxy on: December 28, 2013, 03:33:52 PM
This happens to ChartBuddy too... Its images aren't that large.

That image is offline:

Actually check images before complaining about the proxy... If the proxy says that it's an invalid image, then it just might be an invalid image.
1180  Other / Meta / Re: Image Proxy on: December 28, 2013, 02:23:16 PM
Images must be less than 1.5MB. Resize or compress your image.
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