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2941  Other / New forum software / Current requirements on: March 20, 2014, 02:18:26 AM
Work is underway by Slickage on new forum software for this forum. The software will be written in Node.js. The goal is to create new open source forum software that will directly compete with software like SMF and phpBB. Unlike Discourse, the software will be featureful and information-dense. Unlike Reddit, the software will support and encourage lengthy, high-quality posts (while allowing shorter posts). The software will be a jump forward from our current forum, but not something entirely new. The basic concepts will stay the same, but with significantly better code, better methods of filtering the huge amount of content, and many other useful features. All old forum data will be retained and migrated to the new software.

Here is the current master requirements document. This document is evolving. If you have any ideas for new features or changes that are reasonably high-priority and realistic, discuss them in this section.
2942  Other / Meta / Re: The new kind of spam on: March 18, 2014, 02:13:03 AM
Insubstantial posts are off-topic and have never been allowed.
2943  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Handling of a duplicate transaction across 2 blocks on: March 16, 2014, 04:44:12 PM
Is it legal for the second transaction to have different vins and vouts?

i.e. When you say "a single transaction can still exist in more...", is it basically legal for a new transaction to just re-use any old (spent) transaction ids, or must the second transaction be identical to the first?

Now that I think about it more, I don't think that duplicate transactions are possible anymore. Non-coinbase transactions can't be duplicated because their inputs will be double-spends, and a rule was added a while ago that coinbase transactions must include the block height in their inputs, which prevents them from being duplicated.
2944  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I made this video on the ostracism happening against Bitcoin libertarians on: March 16, 2014, 07:00:57 AM
The community has definitely been diluted quite a bit with non-libertarians. In the early days, this was basically an ancap forum. But I always expected that this would happen, and while it makes things a lot less fun and more tiresome, it's not all bad. Now is a great opportunity to spread the idea of freedom. Bitcoin is at its core a force for freedom, and nothing will completely eliminate that. There's also still a "libertarian conspiracy" controlling many important Bitcoin assets, and many of the early adopters who made a ton of money are libertarian, so we're in a great position to make some real advances in the direction of a free society.
2945  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Handling of a duplicate transaction across 2 blocks on: March 16, 2014, 06:35:30 AM
It's not a duplicate transaction, the miner just assigned the outputs of the each of the mined blocks to the same address.

No, it really is a duplicate transaction.

Allowing this was a bug in the Bitcoin protocol. It's no longer possible for one transaction in the block chain to make another transaction in the same chain unspendable. However, a single transaction can still exist in more than one block if the older copy is completely spent before the newer transaction is added.
2946  Other / Politics & Society / Re: U.S. aims to give up control over Internet administration on: March 15, 2014, 03:02:33 AM
Good news. I was afraid that the UN would replace ICANN or that the US would start taking a more active role, but it sounds like they're just handing things over to ICANN. ICANN does an OK job IMO, and no one is forced to use the ICANN DNS or Internet constants in any case (especially if ICANN isn't sponsored by the US government).
2947  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 115 on: March 12, 2014, 11:14:18 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 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 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.
2948  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 114 on: March 12, 2014, 11:07:41 PM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/slot Person
1 1.85 vineyard
1 1.85 gigabytecoin
1 1.80 topminingcontracts
4 1.80 betcointm
1 1.80 TD Games
2949  Other / Meta / Re: for gods sake, we need more security on: March 12, 2014, 10:41:28 PM
"Hide email address from public?" should be selected by default on;sa=account

This has been the case since 2009...

I left the admin account set to the original SMF theme so if I somehow completely wedge the custom theme I can still get in to fix it.

I've got a neat little 12x12 coin image to replace those pip stars with.  Should look nice.  Also some nice button images to try.

The registration page has "hide your e-mail address" unchecked by default.  I must fix that in php before we can open up.

The Announcements forum is currently moderator access only.
2950  Other / Meta / Re: 502 BAD GATEWAY on: March 12, 2014, 09:39:04 PM
I think that someone is trying to brute-force passwords. Bad login attempts were handled very badly/slowly. I fixed the performance issues there, though the brute-forcing is presumably still going on. I don't have time look into it. A single IP can attempt logging in no more often than once per 45 seconds, though, so it shouldn't be too easy to brute-force passwords.
2951  Other / Meta / Re: Drafts on: March 11, 2014, 11:21:18 PM
By the way: Even if your post fails with some error, a draft is likely to get saved. The draft is saved before most errors can occur.
2952  Other / Meta / Drafts on: March 11, 2014, 10:50:12 PM
A draft is now saved whenever you post or preview a PM or post. You can see your saved drafts here:
2953  Other / Meta / Re: Theymos is taking illegal ads from a ponzi scheme - on: March 10, 2014, 09:37:11 PM
I think it's a bit ridiculous that you'd put that disclaimer rather than simply remove the ad. Just add a few lines to terms of conditions of the advertisement auctions to deal with situations like this.

If I knew for sure that it was a scam, I would have removed it. But I wasn't sure in this case, and in fact it turned out that the site was not a scam (for now).
2954  Other / Meta / Re: Is it possible to create a private topic for a closed set of participants? on: March 09, 2014, 02:27:49 PM
Not really. You could make it self-moderated and delete posts from people who aren't allowed to post there.
2955  Other / Meta / Re: Unable to access bitcointalk account - Admin please help on: March 08, 2014, 03:40:07 PM
when I attempt to do a password reset via email, I never recieve the password link.

It's in your spam folder.
2956  Bitcoin / Important Announcements / Re: Satoshi Nakamoto is... Satoshi Nakamoto on: March 06, 2014, 06:57:14 PM
He's very unlikely to actually be Satoshi...
2957  Other / Meta / Re: Site's Security Grade: A- on: March 05, 2014, 11:10:48 PM
How come?

IMO there'd be a much higher chance of it causing problems than preventing an attack.

Try to think of an attack that the forum's current HSTS setup wouldn't protect against.
2958  Other / Meta / Re: Factoid Slot Question on: March 05, 2014, 01:17:41 PM
Removed, thanks.
2959  Other / Meta / Re: PETITION: Delete the Alternative Crypto-Currency Forum (please). on: March 05, 2014, 03:18:33 AM
Like "Beware, new coins are often scams, tread carefully and be cautious about putting your money in a coin just being released, chances are you will eventually lose it all, be sure to think critically."

There is a warning by Gavin that's stickied there.
2960  Other / Meta / Re: Site's Security Grade: A- on: March 04, 2014, 07:52:45 PM
So how about implementing HSTS?

It is implemented, just not long-term.
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