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661  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 185 on: September 05, 2016, 03:33:51 PM
Since only one person supported the change, I decided not to change the auction rules at this time. Thank you to those who gave feedback.

Again note that starting with round 184, the ad area will be slightly changed so that it has a maximum width and height, and any content outside of this space will be cut off. I don't think that most ads will typically be affected by this, but possibly certain ads will require redesign.

The change will be similar to:
Code:
<div style="display:inline-block; max-width:100%; min-width:100%; max-height:42px; overflow:hidden">
[your ad here]
</div>

At the time of this posting ad_test.html is not updated to take this into account, but it will be in a few days.
662  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 185 on: September 05, 2016, 03:32:42 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.

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 0.25.
- 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.
663  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 184 on: September 05, 2016, 03:26:12 PM
9 @ .75

Sorry, I won't accept your bid for reasons I explained privately.

3 @ 0.35

You're too new, PM me first next time.

Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
2 0.70 Bitcoin Kan
1 0.60 liqui
5 0.60 KiboPlatform
1 0.50 Stunna
664  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: September 04, 2016, 02:59:36 AM
Will a future version prevent an older version from connecting at some later point in time?

Yes, but it's done very rarely. Versions as old as 0.3 can still connect to the network, though versions between 0.3 and 0.7 have a random chance of rejecting large blocks unless you add a special DB_CONFIG file to the data directory. (Those version numbers are from memory, and might be somewhat off.)

Except in case of some catastrophic network event such as an attack by the majority of miners, you should generally have at least 6 months of warning before a backward-incompatible change is made, and probably more like 12-24 months. The change which made versions older than 0.3 incapable of connecting to the network was done with 2 years of advance warning.
665  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: September 03, 2016, 10:25:46 PM
Is there an issue if still using 0.12 core version.

No, there are no known problems with 0.12.1, and both the most recent major version and the previous major version are officially supported. So 0.12 will be supported until 0.14 comes out.

I recommend waiting a few months to upgrade on sensitive systems just in case any bugs are found.
666  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: September 03, 2016, 08:03:51 PM
in windows

Can a little more explanation

Step by Step

 Smiley

Hold down shift and right click on empty space next to the downloaded Bitcoin installer. Click "open command window here". In the box that comes up, type certUtil -hashfile bitcoin-0.13.0-win32.zip SHA256 (if the file you downloaded has a different name, use that name instead). Push enter. The hash will be printed. Between every two characters of the hash there will be a space, but you can ignore those spaces.
667  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: September 03, 2016, 04:28:41 PM
Ok I tried saved the below text to a txt file:

You didn't copy-paste it correctly.

Putting it in a file as suggested will work. But in looking online, it seems to me that Ctrl-D should signal end-of-file on OSX. I don't know why it's not working. I've never used a Mac, though. Can anyone who does use OSX share their experience?

The warning about the signature not being valid is because you didn't do the lsign stuff that I mentioned in the guide.
668  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: August 30, 2016, 08:48:58 PM
Hashes in OP should be updated for 0.13 if possible.

Thanks, I forgot about that.
669  Other / Meta / Re: New investigations board & restrictions on posting personal information on: August 29, 2016, 11:59:48 PM
I had a thread of mine moved to investigations that did not meet the above criteria because no references to any online identity were made in the thread.

I agree with your interpretation of the current rules. I moved it back.

This is a situation which I only vaguely considered when writing the rules, so maybe in the future I will change the rules to better address this.
670  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: August 29, 2016, 03:52:01 AM
Just wondering, why a .torrent file instead of a magnet link? Since the file is stored at Bitcointalk.org, there shouldn't be much difference.

On certain pages, when your session code is in the URL and it would be dangerous to click any external link due to the referer header that would be sent, links are disabled in all bbcode (including the news), and links show up completely expanded. Like:
Quote
Latest stable version of Bitcoin Core: 0.13.0 (https://bitcoin.org/en/download) (New!) [Torrent (https://bitcointalk.org/bitcoin-0.13.0.torrent)]. Make sure you verify it (https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1588906.0).

With a magnet link, whenever this happens, a huge chunk of the page would be annoyingly taken up by the full magnet link. It wouldn't be all that hard to fix this, but I decided to just save a bit of time by using a torrent file.
671  Other / Meta / Re: Can the mods see deleted posts? Is deleting/reposting allowed? on: August 29, 2016, 12:35:42 AM
If they're doing that in a way that is substantially annoying, or in order to bypass rules such as the bump limit, then it's not allowed.

Regular mods can't see posts deleted by users. Only admins can.
672  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 184 on: August 27, 2016, 02:53:10 AM
Two announcements:

1.
Starting with the round being bid on here (round 184), the ad area will be slightly changed so that it has a maximum width and height, and any content outside of this space will be cut off. I don't think that most ads will typically be affected by this, but possibly certain ads will require redesign.

The change will be similar to:
Code:
<div style="display:inline-block; max-width:100%; min-width:100%; max-height:42px; overflow:hidden">
[your ad here]
</div>

When using ad_test.html, you should surround your ad with the above HTML in order to achieve accurate testing. I will update ad_test.html after round 184 starts, once I have 100% finalized the changes.

2.
For future auctions, it occurs to me that a modification to the auction rules might make things easier for some people. You would always bid the maximum that you're willing to pay, but you would actually only pay the lowest amount possible. For example, say that the following posts were made:

A: 5 @ 1
B: 5 @ 3
C: 5 @ 2
A: 5 @ 4

Then the steps leading up to the final result would be:
Code:
Slots BTC/Slot Person

     5    0.25      A     Start at the minimum price/slot

     5    1.05      B     B needs to outbid A, respecting the min increment
     4    0.25      A     No need for A to pay any more than the min price here

     5    1.05      B
     4    1.05      C     C outbids A

Final:
     5    3.05      A     A outbids B
     4    2.05      B     Causing B to increase his bid in order to outbid C

So it's like an auto-bidding bot, except that it would magically increase the bid amount an instant before the bid that makes this necessary.

This way, you might have to watch the auction thread less closely in order to win slots. However, it is more difficult to figure out the current state of the auction with this method.

Do you think that this would be a good change, or not?
673  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 184 on: August 27, 2016, 02:53:01 AM
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.

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 0.25.
- 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.
674  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 183 on: August 27, 2016, 12:34:06 AM
3 @ 3.5

This bid is so high that I feel that I must assume that you mean something else, the most likely alternative being 0.35. 0.35 is too low to win any slots, so I apologize if you meant something higher.

Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
5 0.45 KiboPlatform
1 0.45 Winner
3 0.40 Coinbet24.com
675  Economy / Scam Accusations / MOVED: ORACLE is a scam on: August 22, 2016, 03:50:53 PM
This topic has been moved to Investigations.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1579551.0
676  Economy / Reputation / MOVED: Dogie trust abuse, spam, bullying, conspiracy posts & insults to forum members. on: August 22, 2016, 03:38:10 PM
This topic has been moved to Investigations.

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=905210.0
677  Other / Meta / Re: Forum's Add Section Breaking space. on: August 19, 2016, 09:02:31 PM
Fixed, thanks.
678  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Verifying Bitcoin Core on: August 18, 2016, 08:09:19 PM
The suggested HashTab tool is not useful on Windows.  If you get it and check the properties tab, the sha256 sum is not there.  Either additional instructions to enable it are required or a different tool should be suggested: (such as http://www.labtestproject.com/using_windows/step_by_step_using_sha256sum_on_windows_xp.html)

Otherwise, reddit and/or forum could get inundated with posts from windows users who will report that their windows system got a compromised 13th version when they download it.

Thanks, I changed it to a built-in utility that SENPAI_NOTICES_YOU mentioned on Reddit.

Is Electrum still safe to use?

Probably this most recent thing doesn't change much. I consider Electrum to be reasonably safe, though not very private at all.

One way you can lose money is that the Electrum server can say that you received x BTC that you didn't really receive, and then you could irreversibly send out some product in response to this non-payment. (This might require some mining power to pull off, I'm not sure.) This is more of a threat for automated services, though.
679  Other / Meta / Re: New investigations board & restrictions on posting personal information on: August 18, 2016, 05:58:21 PM
There is a bit of a problem with some of the threads that get moved. While the thread itself ends up in Investigations the title remains where it originally was and it may contain part of the dox (e.g. person's name) and is probably googleable.

For example: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1589476.0

Mods can choose to not leave a MOVED post when moving topics. If you see that a mod has accidentally left one which contains personal info in the title, please report it. I deleted that one.
680  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: 0.13.0 Binary Safety Warning on: August 18, 2016, 05:16:14 PM
I am not sure why no one suggested this before, but maybe the best option is to forget about 0.13 ver and don't upgrade Bitcoin Core at all?
Wait for version 0.14 or something? It this a feasible solution?

There's no flaw in 0.13.0. The concern is that for the next major release, an attack might be attempted as everyone rushes to upgrade. If the Core devs had to do a non-SegWit 0.12.2 bugfix release, then the warning would apply equally to that.

Do we know whether Cobra was hacked or something?

Cobra signs all of his commits to bitcoin.org. Unless his PGP key and several of his accounts were compromised, he's the same person

@Theymos - Do you guys have a protocol in place in the event one of the bitcoin.org maintainers becomes compromised (not suggesting that happened here - just thinking hypothetically)?

Cobra has full control of the domain name. I'm the backup in case he gets hit by a bus or something. To my knowledge, there's no way to improve this "one person compromised -> domain compromised" situation without creating some sort of legal entity (and even then I'm not so sure).
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