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2401  Other / Meta / Re: Stolen account yussuf89 on: February 23, 2015, 12:58:36 AM
Let's say I buy a fancy watch from a guy on the street, hot but I didn't know it. The long arm of the law somehow leads to me and the watch. It would be taken from me and I wouldn't get my money back. I have no recourse to go after the guy who sold it to me. He was a complete stranger.

That also doesn't strike me as entirely fair. If nothing can be gotten from the person who actually did the stealing, then the person who lost the stolen item and the person who bought it should somehow split the cost IMO.
2402  Other / Meta / Re: Stolen account yussuf89 on: February 22, 2015, 10:31:48 PM
I think that the account was hacked, though this can never be known for certain.

The IP that posted the loan request from yussuf89's account also posted this:
Someone with the same IP was trying to sell another account here, presumably hacked:

yussuf89's password wasn't changed/reset recently except for when marcotheminer did it, so the attacker must have somehow gotten his password. Keylogger or phishing, maybe.

Zeki's IP matches yussuf89.

Since ownership of the account is contested, I'm thinking that I should not restore the account and let people give trust ratings depending on what happens. For example, if marcotheminer needs to eat the entire cost of this when he's mostly not at fault, some people might want to give yussuf89 negative feedback.
2403  Other / Meta / Re: AT is a technology designed for any blockchain - it is not an alt! on: February 21, 2015, 08:28:06 PM
No one knows what AT is because everything you've written about it is either very long and technical or assumes that the reader already knows what AT is and what it's useful for. This applies to everything at You need to clearly summarize its uses and give a basic outline of how it works in a few paragraphs, or else pretty much no one is going to dive any deeper into your documentation. (People who spend a lot of time on something very often make this mistake of assuming that everyone is interested and knows what you're talking about.)

About categorization:

Firstly, an "altcoin" is any non-Bitcoin currency, even if it uses the Bitcoin block chain in some way. And for something to be considered to accept or send bitcoins, it must be able to accept or send Bitcoin transactions directly from/to an unmodified Bitcoin Core client without any intermediate step.

Project-related topics belong in the non-altcoin sections if any of these are true:

1. People can make use of the project directly using bitcoins without any explicit conversion step, and the end result of user action is not just another cryptocurrency (or something similar). For example, if you have some sort of gambling application that uses a sidechain/altcoin/etc. to function, but people can immediately send bitcoins to it and are get bitcoins back, then that's OK. The site can also use an altcoin as "chips" if the site has an integrated and very simple way of exchanging between these chips and bitcoins. Smart-property systems are OK (whether Bitcoin-based or not) as long as the site or software that the forum topic is about can accept bitcoins directly in exchange for the smart property. A site where you pay BTC to get a Namecoin domain would be OK. But altcoin or colored coin exchanges and topics about individual altcoins or colored coins themselves would usually not be OK (even if based on the Bitcoin block chain) because the end result of user action is a non-Bitcoin currency.
2. The main purpose of the topic is to discuss the creation/extension of something that would meet the above definition. (This probably belongs in Project Development.)
3. The main purpose of the topic is to discuss a reasonably-possible extension to the Bitcoin protocol/software or general discussion about ways of using the existing protocol. For example, discussion of merged mining is OK; discussion of Namecoin is not.  (This probably belongs in Dev&Tech.)

I don't know enough about AT to say whether it belongs outside of the altcoin section or not. I don't even know whether it has a currency component.
2404  Other / Meta / Re: Russian section is not moderated on: February 20, 2015, 06:12:29 AM
You should create a topic in the Russian section to discuss whether a new moderator is necessary and, if so, who the new moderator should be. (Do not take a vote, though.) If there is consensus that one or more specific people should be made moderators, then I will (almost always) do it.
2405  Other / Meta / Re: I was told to pay 0.07BTC to create an account here on: February 20, 2015, 05:48:32 AM
I think that the system was working basically as expected, but I made an adjustment which will reduce evil accumulation in some cases.

I'm curious to know what sites they link to for getting "free bitcoins". If it's just faucets, then obtaining enough to pay the 0.07 BTC fee would take months, if not years.

It links to this topic:

There are only 75 IPs in the database that can by themselves cause a fee requirement of more than 0.01 BTC, and 19 above 0.05 BTC. Fees are often very small. See the inputs of these transactions, for example:

(It was my intention when originally designing the system that 1 unit of evil would require about an hour of work and about a day of waiting to get the fee via faucet sites, but it's probably easier than that now.)
2406  Other / Meta / Re: Delete button on: February 20, 2015, 04:49:33 AM
It's a test to see who will try to delete posts that they're not allowed to delete. You failed. Wink

It's a bug (or maybe an intentional optimization) that always exists in SMF AFAIK, but it's a very minor issue, so I never fixed it.
2407  Other / Meta / Re: Who is this hero member with 1.4 billion posts? on: February 19, 2015, 09:04:16 PM
That's part of the anti-adblock system. There are a random number of fake posts before and after the ad area. They'll be hidden unless you turn off CSS. Disabling CSS is extremely unusual, so I don't consider it to be an issue.

The number is the unix timestamp when the page was generated.
2408  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 144 on: February 19, 2015, 05:08:47 AM
It makes me really sad when people lose money like that, but I'm not sure how I can make things any clearer. Perhaps in future rounds I will require bidders to be at least Jr. Members so that they're more likely to know how the forum works.

Unrelated: I created this test page to help people design ads:
Download it, open it in a text editor, and look at the comments. (This is a little difficult to do with normal topic pages due to the anti-adblocker obfuscation code.)
2409  Other / Meta / Re: [BUG] A little bug in the label news on: February 17, 2015, 09:48:43 PM
This also happened previously; you just didn't notice it because the link wasn't so long.

Whenever your session code is in the URL, all links are broken. Otherwise, your session code will be sent in the referrer if you click one of the links and the destination is HTTPS. (Links are also broken with some JavaScript things like quick edit when your session code is not in the URL.)

I changed the link to a shorter one so it's less annoying.
2410  Other / New forum software / Re: Will we still be able to suggest new features after the forum is released? on: February 17, 2015, 05:29:11 AM
No. There will be no more features added after it is released.

Wink Yeah, it'll work like it does now. You'll post in Meta with your request and I might add it (or have it added) if it's a good suggestion. Epochtalk will also exist as a separate software project that other sites can use, so you could probably also post an issue on github or something if your suggestion is relevant to more than just
2411  Other / Meta / Re: Please add a button to view the next page In a topic. on: February 15, 2015, 08:13:00 PM
OK, I removed the CSS that attempted to limit the width of tables and the CSS that removed the breaks between the "show unread..., show new..., ..." links, which I guess are what most people disliked about this.

I'm not going to work on this mobile stylesheet much. I am very much not an expert in Web design. (Take a look at Wink)If anyone knows what CSS would look good, tell me and I'll try adding it.

Edit: In top-left, the arrow and number is messed-up-like for me -> . Anyone have this problem?

That's intentional. It looks weird (especially when there is no » because you're on the last page) , but it should make it easier to click.

BTW, my addition of next/previous arrows applied to most pagination on the site at once.
2412  Other / Meta / Re: Please add a button to view the next page In a topic. on: February 14, 2015, 09:34:35 PM
I've seen also the [tag] new was changed, or am I wrong?

Yes, it's large text instead of an image in the mobile stylesheet to make it easier to click.
2413  Other / Meta / Re: Please add a button to view the next page In a topic. on: February 14, 2015, 09:06:01 PM
Is there a way to opt out of this display and/or tick the forum to think I am really viewing from a computer?

I don't know. It's triggered by this CSS media query:
only screen and (min-device-width: 320px) and (max-device-width: 650px)

What does everyone else think of it? If everyone hates it, I'll make it not so weird.
2414  Other / Meta / Re: Please add a button to view the next page In a topic. on: February 14, 2015, 08:47:20 PM
This is on an iPhone using safari. Prior to today it looked much more like what you would see from a computer.

Additionally for several minutes the forum looked weird accessing it from safari on a actual computer.

That sort of display is intentional. It looks terrible, but it's supposed to be easier to use.
2415  Other / Meta / Re: Please add a button to view the next page In a topic. on: February 14, 2015, 08:12:32 PM
OK, done. The previous/next arrows should also appear extra large on small devices.

I also finally figured out how to get the mobile stylesheet to actually work. It's existed for years, but it seems that very few devices triggered it. It makes everything look a lot uglier, but hopefully a little easier to use on small screens.

Let me know if you have any specific suggestions for CSS to add to the mobile stylesheet. I'm not much of a Web designer.

I can usually add extra classes/IDs to the HTML if this would be helpful in writing CSS.
2416  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 144 on: February 14, 2015, 04:29:37 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.
2417  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 143 on: February 14, 2015, 04:26:00 PM
Sorry for the lateness. In the future I'm going to try to gradually bring the auction lengths to the intended length of ~7 days.

Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 4.35 CasinoEvolution
1 4.30 victorhing
4 4.30 YoBit
2 4.30 MariaQin
2418  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: BurtW arrested on: February 13, 2015, 09:12:35 PM
Is Burt not responding in this thread because he's in jail without bail? Charlie was responding to people here with an ankle bracelet on under house arrest.

He's not able to respond.
2419  Other / Meta / Re: Bot Rules? on: February 12, 2015, 10:03:56 PM
The rules are the same as for humans. But keep in mind:
- No one is allowed to access the site more often than once per second on average. (Somewhat higher burst accesses are OK.)
- Every post must be on-topic. Any bot response to a topic is almost certainly off-topic. Changetip's behavior of responding to user commands publicly would not be allowed, for example.
- If someone complains about an unsolicited PM you send them, then you're probably going to be banned.
2420  Other / Meta / Re: Is there anyone who can delete trust ratings? on: February 12, 2015, 09:57:30 PM
If you're talking about Susi.D's rating, then I don't think that that's spam because she only left one rating like that.

Spam (= very high volume or significant repetition) is removed, but this is rare. Spamming trust ratings is pretty useless since they're only visible to members, untrusted ratings are hidden by default, and spammed ratings will be removed.
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