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2681  Other / Meta / Legendary coin color on: August 13, 2014, 04:17:45 AM
What color do you like best for the the Legendary coin/"star"?

Dark blue:

Grey:

Violet:

Orange:

Light green:

Yellow:

Mixed red with Bitcoin symbol:

Rainbow with Bitcoin symbol:


You can also post your own suggested images.
2682  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 07:28:06 AM
By comparison, how many hero accounts are there?

805
2683  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 02:27:28 AM
There are now 178:

That doesn't count people who have a non-default primary membergroup such as Staff.
2684  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 12, 2014, 02:24:10 AM
How many LEGENDARY accounts currently exist on the forum?

218
2685  Other / Meta / Re: Forum ranks/positions (What do those shiny coins under my name mean?) on: August 11, 2014, 05:32:01 PM
use something like the hash of UID + a salt to determine the point?

That's what I did. It just takes the first byte of the SHA-1 hash of UID+salt and adds it to 775. There aren't many users with more than 775 activity, so checking people for upgrades every 10 minutes doesn't cause any problems. I was able to do it with just one SQL statement because MySQL has a built-in SHA-1 function.
2686  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 05:12:19 PM
Can you make getting legendary provability fair? So we know if you don't like us that we get it anyway Smiley

Nah, that'd significantly complicate things. Currently this randomness is done with a single SQL query, which is very convenient.

Code:
update smf_members set ID_POST_GROUP=21 where ID_POST_GROUP=8 and
activity>=775 and activity>=775+conv(substr(sha1(concat(ID_MEMBER,
secretSeed)), 1, 2), 16, 10);

The required activity level per user is suitably random for betting, but anyone who can read my code (there are a few such people) will be able to exactly predict when someone will become Legendary, so I don't really recommend it.
2687  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 04:44:36 AM
Theymos are legendaries gonna have any more benefits than heroes? Bigger signatures?

Nope.
2688  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 11, 2014, 04:38:41 AM
I added a new Legendary membergroup with a yellow coin. I am completely open to the possibility of changing both the name and the coin color if people don't like them. In particular, if people find that threads are now too "glittery" with all of the yellow coins, I will remove the color or make it more subtle. If you think that some other color would work better, download the legendary.gif image, modify it with your color, and post your modified GIF image. Don't change anything but the color of that one region in the image, though. (I make these images by opening the image in GIMP, selecting the colored region, and then using the Colorize tool.)

To make things more fun, the Legendary membergroup has no universal activity requirement. You are guaranteed to become Legendary somewhere between 775 and 1030 activity, but the exact point in this range at which you become Legendary is random per user.
2689  Other / Meta / Re: Forum ranks/positions (What do those shiny coins under my name mean?) on: August 11, 2014, 04:37:38 AM
I added a new Legendary membergroup with a yellow coin. I am completely open to the possibility of changing both the name and the coin color if people don't like them. In particular, if people find that threads are now too "glittery" with all of the yellow coins, I will remove the color or make it more subtle. If you think that some other color would work better, download the legendary.gif image, modify it with your color, and post your modified GIF image. Don't change anything but the color of that one region in the image, though. (I make these images by opening the image in GIMP, selecting the colored region, and then using the Colorize tool.)

To make things more fun, the Legendary membergroup has no universal activity requirement. You are guaranteed to become Legendary somewhere between 775 and 1030 activity, but the exact point in this range at which you become Legendary is random per user.

Also, I made it so that Staff have the coin icons for their post group instead of a fixed 5 coins.

Then Theymos is retiring from the forum?

No.
2690  Other / Meta / Re: Activity & new membergroup limits on: August 10, 2014, 06:45:39 AM
I'm open to ideas for a higher rank. I feel like "Legend" is too grandiose a title to give to a living person, though. Any other ideas? I'd probably want to give this highest rank a colored half-coin (like my red half-coin); what color should it be?
2691  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 129 on: August 10, 2014, 05:24:28 AM
There will probably be an opportunity this week to get an ad slot for cheap by testing the new ad system. I'll post here when this becomes possible. (The ad slot will be one of the reserved slots, so it won't affect the probabilities for other ads.)
2692  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 129 on: August 10, 2014, 05:19:15 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. 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.
2693  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 128 on: August 10, 2014, 05:12:00 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 3.05 coin.princess
1 3.05 1987xgm
2 3.05 super3
1 3.00 bobsag3
1 3.00 flyonwall
2 2.95 CEX

1 @ 3.1

You're too new. PM me first next time.
2694  Other / Meta / Re: Photobucket thumbnails only - blocked by image proxy? on: August 09, 2014, 08:19:37 PM
I get a image/jpg [sic—the correct MIME type is image/jpeg]

This was the problem. The image proxy has a whitelist of allowed content-types. image/jpg is invalid and was therefore not allowed. I allowed it. (Photobucket should really fix this, though.)

The image proxy didn't send an Accept header, so that was not part of the problem.

Thanks for looking into it.
2695  Other / Archival / Re: delete on: August 09, 2014, 03:46:08 AM
What do you think is wrong with the altcoin section, and why do you think that you can fix it?

You should report all posts that you think need to be moderated unless a moderator has told you that your reports are wrong. Even if they're not handled, I'll see them on your reporting record if I consider you as a mod.
2696  Other / Meta / Re: Photobucket thumbnails only - blocked by image proxy? on: August 08, 2014, 10:26:15 PM
This can be fixed by having the forum image proxy send the proper cookie to photobucket.

If adding a specific cookie will fix it, tell me what the cookie is and I'll add it. It'd be too difficult to have the image proxy do something like stay logged into photobucket, though.

I didn't investigate enough to know exactly what causes the page to behave differently. But when I visit some of those thumbnail images in my main browser, I get an image, and when I open a new browser and visit the same URL directly, I get an HTML page.
2697  Other / Meta / Re: Photobucket thumbnails only - blocked by image proxy? on: August 07, 2014, 08:03:43 PM
It's not a problem with the image proxy. The pages behave differently depending on whether you have a photobucket cookie or not. Maybe the referrer also matters. In any case, photobucket gives you an image, but it gives the forum an HTML page.

Try going directly to the URL of one of those thumnails in a separate browser.
2698  Other / Meta / Re: Don't understand where my post went? on: August 07, 2014, 05:46:20 AM
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=drafts
2699  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bug with timestamps on Bitcoin-Qt client for OS X on: August 04, 2014, 07:19:03 PM
Ah, interesting. So it seems like I created this problem by sending coins before my client was fully synchronized. Would you mind explaining how a reordering of transactions could potentially cause someone to miss transactions? I'm just trying to wrap my head around this, because this is all so new to me.

Also, if I imported my private keys into another app (such as MultiBit, for example), I assume that the other app would pull all the "correct timestamps" from one of the Bitcoin nodes on the network, because that other app would be starting completely from scratch?

If a new transaction appeared a ways down in the transaction list so that you'd have to scroll down to see it, then you might not notice it. More likely to cause problems is the fact that automated scripts often poll listtransactions and go back only until they see a transaction that they've already seen before.

Bitcoin Core used to use the most accurate time available for each transaction, but the reordering caused problems, so it was changed to the current behavior.

If you start from scratch, the client will use the timestamp of the block that contains the transaction. At best, this is accurate to within a few hours, and it can in some cases be off by days from when the transaction was actually sent.
2700  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Bug with timestamps on Bitcoin-Qt client for OS X on: August 04, 2014, 05:14:36 PM
This is expected behavior. Bitcoin Core won't ever reorder your transactions, as this could cause you to miss some transactions (especially for automated usage of bitcoind). Therefore, if any transaction apparently occurs before your latest transaction, then its time will instead be set equal to your latest transaction.
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