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1481  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 139 on: December 07, 2014, 06:25:32 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.
1482  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: December 07, 2014, 06:17:16 AM
4 @ 6.0

Unfortunately, I must reject this bid. I am uneasy about advertising BITMIXER.IO.

Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 6.10 MrWDunne
4 6.05 MariaQin
2 6.00 betcointm
1 5.65 BIT-X.com
1483  Other / Meta / Re: DPR subpoena on: December 06, 2014, 06:03:41 PM
I don't have to appear personally in court. It briefly mentions that in the subpoena.

This is very shady theymos, I was under the assumption there's no logs. Not Google type monitoring. This isn't Facebook. Do you store our PMs too?

Why would you assume that? I've never implied that. I often say that I can see deleted/edited posts. For example:

If both sender and recipient of a PM deletes it, then it's deleted from the database completely and I can't access it except through the daily database backups. (This is a massive pain, so don't expect me to do it for you...)

Deleted/edited posts are always saved forever.

PMs can end up in the daily database backups. You should assume that backups are saved forever, though in practice this is not actually the case. Encrypt sensitive PMs.

Logged IPs are logged forever, but IPs are only logged in certain circumstances (such as posting). Just logging in doesn't result in your IP being permanently logged.

I am willing to cooperate with police on real scams. Whenever someone asks me to release a scammer's IP, I tell them to have police email me from an official police address. I have received police requests a handful of times. Mostly the cases were real scams and I gave the police the requested info. In some cases I've rejected their requests. For example, I refused to give information to some foreign version of the SEC because securities laws are unjust. Of course, you should not trust that I will act in your best interest. If you want to be anonymous, then you must use Tor (or whatever).
1484  Other / Meta / Re: satoshi is made bitcointalk? on: December 03, 2014, 10:15:15 PM
How did you came to know about Bitcoin first ?

I saw someone mention it on 4chan. They were complaining about the long block download time. Smiley
1485  Other / Meta / Re: satoshi is made bitcointalk? on: December 03, 2014, 09:54:38 PM
This forum was created by Satoshi and Sirius. I didn't know about Bitcoin at the time.
1486  Other / Meta / Re: DPR subpoena on: December 03, 2014, 03:25:44 PM
https://bitcointalk.org/docs/ulbricht.pdf

I won't post my response because it contains deleted posts which should remain private if at all possible. Probably my response will end up as part of public record, but I'm not going to speed up the process or make it easier for people to find. I already PMed the users affected by this.

Maybe this is the first time Theymos experienced a formal subpoena, but I have trouble believing that this is the first time he experienced a law enforcement inquiry.

This is the first government request/inquiry I've received related to Ulbricht's case. I have received a few other inquiries for other cases.
1487  Other / Meta / Re: DPR subpoena on: December 03, 2014, 05:02:27 AM
And just why the hell are you disclosing something of this nature?  Not that I condone or know what DPR did, but working in close proximity to lawyers for most of the day, I have a lay understanding that you probably shouldn't be openly disclosing this type of thing to anyone, let alone on the internet.

No one said that this was confidential. Why should it be? Everyone knows that Ulbricht is facing criminal charges, and his (alleged) altoid account and postings were mentioned in the initial FBI report.

It's interesting to note that altoid's most damning posts only exist as quotes. He deleted the posts before I changed the forum settings to archive all deleted posts. So I don't think that this evidence is very strong, though I'm sure that this is far from the only piece of evidence that will be presented against Ulbricht.

What was the method of receiving the subpoena btw?

Email. I suppose I could have demanded a hardcopy, fought about the jurisdiction, etc., but this wouldn't have done anyone any good.
1488  Other / Meta / DPR subpoena on: December 03, 2014, 02:24:50 AM
This is not very surprising/interesting, but I thought I'd mention that I received a subpoena for information related to Ross Ulbricht's alleged forum account altoid. I mostly just compiled some publicly-available information. The only non-public data I had to include were some deleted posts in the heroin store topic that were not written by DPR and probably won't be useful in the case.

You might be surprised to learn that this is the first subpoena I've received for the forum.
1489  Other / Meta / Re: Does this site have a local section for US states on: December 02, 2014, 04:41:47 AM
You can post a topic for a specific state in Local->Other if you want.
1490  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: November 28, 2014, 01:35:51 AM
Does it mather for what the adspace is being used?

I list some rules in the OP. I also reject ads if I think that the community would seriously disapprove of them. If you think that I might reject your ad, you should clear it with me first.
1491  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Playing with Address Generation on: November 27, 2014, 10:47:37 PM
The version byte (like PUBKEY_ADDRESS) is prepended to the rest of the address data, and only certain values are allowed. You can't change it or add to it without making an address that's incompatible with everyone else's Bitcoin clients. So a mainline Bitcoin address can only start with 1 or 3, and if you want to influence the other characters, you have to do it via brute-force with vanitygen (or similar).

Vanitygen works by generating many addresses and checking them against the given pattern. There's no special trick to it. You can't predict or influence the characteristics of an address before completely generating it. (This is similar to Bitcoin's proof-of-work.)

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By mass producing such addresses , one could actually "mark" that particular sequence to the point where it is easily recognized by users of BTC and customers.

Yeah, except that I can generate an address with the same "mark" as easily as you can, so training people to recognize your prefix actually makes phishing a lot easier.
1492  Other / Meta / Re: Watchlist Problem on: November 27, 2014, 08:57:44 PM
How does the "notify" feature notify me?

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;sa=notification

You currently have notifications enabled on three topics, listed there. You will receive an email for the first new post in those topics. You need to visit the topic and read the new posts before you will receive additional emails. If you're not receiving emails, then they're being blocked/spammed by your email provider.

And how can I drop a post that I am no longer interested in from the "show new replies to your posts" area?

You can't, and there's no reason to do so. By default, the watchlist page is exactly the same as "show new replies to your posts" except that you can unwatch topics that you don't want to see.
1493  Other / Meta / Re: Watchlist Problem on: November 27, 2014, 08:36:18 PM
You don't get email/PM notifications for watchlist topics. That's what the separate "notify" feature is for. All that adding a topic to your watchlist does is add that topic to https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=watchlist , which is exactly like "show new replies to your posts" except that it only shows topics on your watchlist.
1494  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: November 26, 2014, 03:26:17 AM
Most of the newbie bids are rejected.

Current status:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
4 1.55 MrWDunne
2 1.15 Neo501
1 0.65 ACCTseller
1 0.50 KingOfSports

The auction continues.
1495  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: November 24, 2014, 02:54:26 AM
I know we can't have images, but what about SVG?

I might allow very small inline SVG images if they are very unintrusive and small byte-wise. Clear it with me first.
1496  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: November 23, 2014, 04:35:37 PM
Do I get this correctly - the ads will appear all over the forum - all threads and topics?

Yes, each ad slot has a 1 in 10 chance of appearing on every topic page with more than 1 post.
1497  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 138 on: November 23, 2014, 03:31:53 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.
1498  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 137 on: November 23, 2014, 03:29:18 AM
Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 4.05 SatoshiDICE_PR
6 4.00 BIT-X.com
1499  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Re: So I pressed reset settings and now the blockchain is loading again... on: November 22, 2014, 04:27:43 AM
I don't really know why that would happen, but I'd try give this a try: Shut down Bitcoin, then find your data directory and rename bitcoin.conf to bitcoin.old.conf. (If it turns out that your data directory is not in the place listed on the wiki article, then that in itself is probably the problem.)

I wonder if this could be a bug in Bitcoin Core. Are you doing anything unusual? Are you using the Bitcoin Core release from bitcoin.org? What OS?
1500  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 137 on: November 18, 2014, 11:31:43 PM
8 @ 2

I'm not going to accept this bid because TheCryptoBank is too new.

(The auction continues.)
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