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141  Other / Meta / Search temporarily disabled on: July 03, 2017, 08:18:02 PM
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142  Other / Meta / Re: What to do with the wall observer thread? on: July 03, 2017, 04:36:08 PM
Option 1 wins the poll. This is fine with me. It's technically very easy; I already finished the technical changes. Please come to rough agreement on a single listed owner. Once one exists, I will unlock the thread.

If you want to do some complicated organizational structure, that's fine, but it's probably best to figure it out later, since I won't unlock the thread until someone is taking responsibility for it.

It's not technically possible to have more than one moderator of a thread, or to apply additional posting restrictions to the thread, or to prevent posts from counting in that thread, unless I create a new section for it.

Here are the votes. Parentheses mean that the person has never posted in the WO thread.

Option 1
marcus_of_augustus
Syke
notme
iCEBREAKER
Gyrsur
Spaceman_Spiff
Wekkel
edgar
EAL
d5000
STT
Searing
arklan
yefi
icey
xhomerx10
DieJohnny
gentlemand
AlexGR
freedomno1
Hunyadi
redsn0w
explorer
Karartma1
criptix
JayJuanGee
PoolMinor
lightfoot
owlcatz
Torque
Miz4r
chennan
kurious
keewee
Denker
petahashminer
troleybüs
xyzzy099
ssmc2
Paashaas
m0gliE
sirazimuth
Globb0
Dotto
ShroomsKit_Disgrace
actmyname
InvoKing
User705
julian071
harrymmmm
Muhammed Zakir
soullyG
Digigami
_javi_
BlackFlag
RayX12
dave00
FractalUniverse
eXpl0sive
Stevenirving
siggy
cmacwiz
_Django05_
CoinHeavy
cgt99
Todorius
fichtn12345
MNDan
DrMsEr
machasm
Biro Bob
Scofield
discobean
ivomm
hodl_2015
Icygreen
QuantumMiner
(Quickseller)
(killyou72)
(coralreefer)
(Machina_US)
(LeGaulois)
(Mongwapogi)
(Maskedman)
(khufuking)

Option 3
Dabs
iCEBREAKER
jbreher
edgar
qwk
EAL
arklan
yefi
DieJohnny
freedomno1
explorer
criptix
Dafar
Torque
chennan
kurious
keewee
troleybüs
infofront
BlindMayorBitcorn
ibminer
Karpeles
Holliday
bones261
Globb0
Dotto
empowering
European Central Bank
julian071
Chainsaw
cafucafucafu
soullyG
TeeBone
DARKHOLDER
Iranus
flipperfish
stan.distortion
Last of the V8s
Stevenirving
_Django05_
CoinHeavy
kludzins
ğºŞæ
bitserve
fichtn12345
deepcolderwallet
discobean
Pajulapoiss
Icygreen
QuantumMiner
Italiacoin
SalmonBraker
(minifrij)
(botany)
(Quickseller)
(whywefight)
(U2)
(LeGaulois)
(magneto)
(BlackMambaPH)

Option 2
conspirosphere.tk
Dabs
jbreher
stereotype
edgar
EAL
arklan
yefi
DieJohnny
AlexGR
freedomno1
explorer
DaRude
mymenace
CoinCube
troleybüs
infofront
silverfuture
Karpeles
Globb0
Dotto
Chainsaw
starmman
soullyG
hv_
TeeBone
MrBig
flipperfish
stan.distortion
FractalUniverse
Last of the V8s
Stevenirving
fallinglantern
bitserve
dasein
hodl_2015
Icygreen
(Joel_Jantsen)
(U2)
(LeGaulois)
(Guajiro)

Option 5
Soros Shorts
EAL
DieJohnny
Meuh6879
freedomno1
petahashminer
troleybüs
ssmc2
m0gliE
veleten
YourMother
actmyname
mindrust
Lesbian Cow
Muttley
Hawkix
_javi_
MrBig
Coinnosaurus
stan.distortion
lemmyK
DrMsEr
Scofield
0rganic
degxtra1
(Quickseller)
(dida)
(Wapinter)
(Joel_Jantsen)
(U2)
(killyou72)
(LeGaulois)
(TheQuin)
(FlamingFingers)
(jbah01)

Option 4
OgNasty
notme
iCEBREAKER
edgar
smooth
EAL
Chef Ramsay
d5000
STT
DieJohnny
chennan
troleybüs
pooya87
Karpeles
birr
Muhammed Zakir
Pente
FractalUniverse
cmacwiz
droizs
Biro Bob
(botany)
(LeGaulois)
(Maskedman)
(TheQuin)
(jbah01)
143  Other / Meta / Re: What to do with the wall observer thread? on: July 01, 2017, 06:01:43 AM
If option 1 or 3 occur, who are the candidates for new listed owner / mods? Someone please compile a list.
144  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / MOVED: ⭐[ANN][ICO] Starrie: Join the most Valuable Reputation Revolution⭐ on: June 30, 2017, 10:00:47 PM
This topic has been moved to Trashcan. Fake.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1990353.0
145  Other / Meta / Re: What to do with the wall observer thread? on: June 30, 2017, 06:40:27 PM
Having some regular user do it will just become too much for them (and then there's the issue of what they choose to remove or not and cries of censorship). Just assign some mods to the Speculation section since it doesn't have any mods at all or promote another Global. If that board has some specific mods they can probably keep on top of it.

Official forum staff are bound by policies and a certain culture. I think that the WO people want some autonomy.

The thread is exempt from the following rules from the perspective of bitcointalk.org mods:

- Off-topicness (in relation to either Speculation or the topic itself).

Still don't understand why we should allow off topic postings. If people want to talk about something that isn't related to the wall charts then they can do it in any of the other relevant threads in Speculation.

- Double-posting etc., within reason.

I don't see any good reason why it should be allowed in there.

The point is to minimize what bitcointalk.org mods have to look at there.

If it still counts towards post-count/activity removing signatures wont do much. People might even try exploit it by spamming in there (especially if we allow double posting).

It doesn't make rational sense for sig campaigns to pay for posts there, since posters there won't actually be advertising anything. (Maybe they're insufficiently rational, I'm not sure...)

I don't view activity farming as a big deal since you can only get 1 point/day regardless.

It probably would be better to prevent post counts from increasing there, but I can't easily do that without putting it in a dedicated section.
146  Other / Meta / Re: Is there a way to search a keyword in one users posts? on: June 30, 2017, 06:18:05 PM
This post?

The more traditional setup (which I read in a statistics textbook) is something like:

Quote
Flip a coin. If heads, answer yes to the following question regardless of the truth. If tails, answer honestly.

Question: Have you ever done drugs?
Yes
No

You can use statistics to get meaningful info out of this even though the randomness is slanted toward Yes, but I don't remember off the top of my head what you're supposed to do exactly to remove the random effect. (Maybe you can just subtract half of your total respondents from Yes? And it probably changes statistical confidence, etc.) In my previous post I changed it so that the randomness is evenly distributed, which makes it easier. Though on the other hand, you really shouldn't rely on random.org if the question is truly sensitive.
147  Other / Meta / Re: What to do with the wall observer thread? on: June 30, 2017, 01:45:26 AM
Doesn't that sort of negate or skew the results?

No, it's fine.

I particularly liked the diversity of the tangencial subjects discussed in the thread so, in consciousness, I can't vote for any of those three options. Not even in the slight expectation that a new moderator will be flexible about its rules or banning will occur only in very extreme and blatant cases. That'd be cheating. If any of those options are chosen and, for any reason, the offtopics continue we will be again at this point.

Since option 1 is in the lead, I already wrote a draft of a policy change for that one, possibly addressing your concerns:

Quote
The Wall Observer is now owned by the forum. The listed owner is responsible for maintaining it. If the owner fails to maintain it (ie. I start getting too many complaints), then they will be replaced.

The thread is exempt from the following rules from the perspective of bitcointalk.org mods:

- Off-topicness (in relation to either Speculation or the topic itself).
- Double-posting etc., within reason.

(The thread owner can and should enforce those rules to some degree, however.)

A warning will show up about the above rule exemptions when you try to report a post in the thread.

Signatures won't show up in the thread anymore.
148  Other / Meta / Re: Wall Observer Thread locked? on: June 30, 2017, 12:51:14 AM
I'm seeing conflicting opinions here, so I created a poll: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1993570.0
149  Economy / Speculation / Re: Wall Observer BTC/USD - Bitcoin price movement tracking & discussion on: June 30, 2017, 12:48:55 AM
Please vote in the poll about the future of this thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1993570.0
150  Other / Meta / What to do with the wall observer thread? on: June 30, 2017, 12:48:09 AM
The Wall Observer thread is currently locked because it attracts way more off-topic posts than we want to deal with. Continuing the status quo is therefore not really an option. The thread can continue if the situation is changed in such a way that we don't have to constantly clean up its trash, however.

I will be looking at who voted what, and I might publish it here. Mostly I'm interested in hearing from participants in the Wall Observer thread.

Vote for every option that you consider acceptable.
151  Other / Meta / Re: My proposal to forum administration on: June 29, 2017, 10:54:52 PM
I think I have seen my post count shrink with 6 posts, which isn't a big deal for me at all, but I was wondering, how does one end up with an inaccurate post count?

- There are a few rare mod/admin actions which change your real number of posts but neglect to update your post count.
- Errors can occur which can cause it to drift from the real value.
- If your account is fairly old, then previous post-count recounts will have counted your MOVED: redirection topics, even though these are not counted when you make them. I fixed it this time so that these topics are not counted, undoing the previous erroneous recounts.
152  Other / Meta / Re: My proposal to forum administration on: June 29, 2017, 10:11:44 PM
People shouldn't be obsessive about post counts...

I did a global recount of user posts starting yesterday. Your post count had been inaccurate.
153  Other / Meta / Re: Anyone else get a Qtum advertising PM? on: June 28, 2017, 08:13:17 PM
Any plans on banning Qtum, since it's almost definitely them/their team behind the spam?

Without strong evidence, I can't ban the subject of spam because then you could get anyone banned by spamming "for" them.
154  Other / Meta / Re: Wall Observer Thread locked? on: June 28, 2017, 08:11:00 PM
The Wall Observer thread is in Speculation, so when you start using it for any off-topic thing that comes to mind, the posts get reported and then deleted. This has happened too much and for too long in the Wall Observer thread.

Maybe it'd be OK from our perspective to move the thread to Off-topic and then let people use it as they wish, but is that what the posters there really want? I just don't get the point of the thread. If you want to talk off-topic, you can create multiple dedicated threads in Off-topic.
155  Other / Meta / Re: Anyone else get a Qtum advertising PM? on: June 28, 2017, 06:47:30 PM
I wiped all of those spam PMs, and the senders are all banned.
156  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 214 on: June 28, 2017, 06:09:43 PM
The forum sells ad space in the area beneath the first post of every topic page. This income is used primarily to cover hosting costs and to pay moderators for their work (there are many moderators, so each moderator gets only a small amount -- moderators should be seen as volunteers, not employees). Any leftover amount is typically either saved for future expenses or otherwise reinvested into the forum or the ecosystem.

Ads are allowed to contain any non-annoying HTML/CSS style. No images, JavaScript, or animation. Ads must appear 3 or fewer lines tall in my browser (Firefox, 900px 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. Nine 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.

Duration

- Your ads are guaranteed to be up for at least 7 days.
- I usually try to keep ads up for no more than 8 or 9 days.
- Sometimes ads might be up for longer, but hopefully no longer than 12 days. Even if past rounds sometimes lasted for long periods of time, you should not rely on this for your ads.

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/Legendary 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 stats 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.

Designing ads

Make sure that your ads look good when you download and edit this test page:
https://bitcointalk.org/ad_test.html
Also read the comments in that file.

Images are not allowed no matter how they are created (CSS, SVG, or data URI). Occasionally I will make an exception for small logos and such, but you must get pre-approval from me first.

The maximum size of any one ad is 51200 bytes.

I will send you more detailed styling rules if you win slots in this auction (or upon request).

Auction rules

You must be at least a Jr Member to bid. If you are not a Jr Member and you really want to bid, you should PM me first. Tell me in the PM what you're going to advertise. You might be required to pay some amount in advance. Everyone else: Please quickly PM newbies who try to bid here to warn them against impersonation scammers.

If you have never purchased forum ad space before, and it is not blatantly obvious what you're going to advertise, say what you're going to advertise in your first bid, or tell me in a PM.

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

So if someone bids for 9 slots @ 5 BTC and this is the highest bid, then he'll get all 9 slots. If the two highest bids are 9 slots @ 4 BTC and 1 slot @ 5 BTC, then the first person will get 8 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 0.1.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Unless I say otherwise, I typically try to end auctions within a few days of 10 days from the time of this post, but unexpected circumstances may sometimes force me to end the auction anytime between 4 and 22 days from the start.
- 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 reserve the right to reject bids, even days after the bid is made.

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) after announcing the auction results in this thread. You might receive false payment information from scammers pretending to be me. They might even have somewhat similar usernames. Be careful.
157  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 213 on: June 28, 2017, 06:04:42 PM
3 @ 0.5

You have negative trust from my perspective, so I won't accept your bids.

Auction ended, final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 0.80 Gunthar
1 0.75 tifossi
4 0.75 ChipMixer
2 0.75 Cloudbet
1 0.35 XBTFreelancer
158  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: High school dropout who invested in bitcoin is now a millionaire at 18 on: June 22, 2017, 07:43:31 PM
Smart (and lucky) guy!

In hindsight, something I've regretted a fair bit was not dropping out of high school. I was bored out of my mind, wasted 9+ hours each school day, ended up sleep-deprived a lot of the time in order to both avoid failing and do the other stuff that I wanted to do, and in the end I didn't get anything out of it. It was a big waste. I should've dropped out ASAP, gotten a GED, and gone to a university several years earlier if possible. Or just abandoned the traditional education system entirely. (University is a much better and more useful experience, though probably still not the optimal use of time/money.)

I'm not saying that people should forget about developing useful skills and instead pin all of their hopes on making money off of insanely risky investments. That's not a good plan at all. But no matter your future goals, I think that any form of schooling that requires 8+ hours of classtime+busywork per day is a criminal waste of time.
159  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 213 on: June 21, 2017, 05:32:06 PM
5 @ 0.3
CryptoClone.com

That looks like a scam, and it's being spammed all over the forum, so I will not accept your ads.

Current state of the auction:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
4 0.40 ChipMixer
2 0.30 Cloudbet
1 0.10 Diceback.com
3 0.10 tifossi
160  Economy / Reputation / Re: Muhammed Zakir hacked? Account reactivated just now on: June 19, 2017, 06:17:55 PM
Same IP(s) or same location? Spoofing the location would be fairly trivial.

Same geolocation.

If someone knew Muhammed Zakir's previous location and knew that this issue would come up in advance, they could use a proxy located in the right area. But it's rather unlikely.
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