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681  Other / Meta / Evil score visualization on: October 21, 2015, 07:40:32 AM
When someone is banned, their IP and some of their neighboring IPs receive evil points. The thought occurred to me recently that you could create a map of the Internet according to evil points, and I couldn't resist doing this right away. The result is pretty cool-looking IMO. It also seems to show that the evil score system is working as expected: the vast majority of the Internet is not being forced to pay, and in the isolated sections where a registration fee is required, prohibitively-large fees are very rare.

Here's the image (zoom in):

Each pixel is a /24 address block (ie. each pixel represents 256 IP addresses). The colors are:
Zero or nearly zero evil
A small amount of evil
At this point you actually have to pay if you register an account in this block
Pretty high
A ton of evil, more than anyone is likely to pay

This is per block, so a single IP address could have an evil score requiring payment while its block still shows up as black here. A colored pixel indicates the evil score of a typical IP in that block.

Addresses are laid out in the standard way. So you can for example cross-reference with these maps:

A /24 should almost never uniquely identify someone, but to be safe I randomly added, removed, and modified some of this data for plausible deniability.
682  Other / Meta / Re: Why 0.11.1 isn't shown at the top of the forum as latest version? on: October 15, 2015, 10:25:52 PM
I think it's a good idea to wait at least a few weeks before upgrading to the most recent edition. Let them iron out the bugs 1st. I always wait a few weeks before I upgrade.

In general that's true, but this is a bugfix release, so in this case it is good to upgrade as soon as possible. (If you're still on 0.10.x, 0.10.3 was just released as well with the same fixes.)

But I still need to do the gitian build to verify the binary before I update the news. Maybe tomorrow.
683  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 159 on: October 09, 2015, 02:02:22 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. 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.

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 12, but this is random and definitely not guaranteed.)


Exact historical impression counts per slot:

Info about the current ad slots:

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 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:
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 0.50.
- I will end the auction at an arbitrary time. Probably the end time will be 7-12 days from the time of this post, though it could be anywhere between 4 and 22 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.

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.
684  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 158 on: October 09, 2015, 01:49:53 PM
Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 2.75 yabtcl
4 2.70 victorhing
2 2.65
1 2.60 OneHash
1 2.55 FortuneJack
685  Other / Meta / Re: [FIXED] Activity Glitch. on: October 07, 2015, 05:51:39 PM
Another under full member who managed to keep his avatar:;u=289828

lol, nice avatar
686  Other / Meta / Re: Activity Glitch. DO NOT TRUST ANY USERS BASED ON THEIR RANK! on: October 05, 2015, 03:58:14 AM
OK, everything should be back to normal.
687  Other / Meta / Re: Activity Glitch. DO NOT TRUST ANY USERS BASED ON THEIR RANK! on: October 05, 2015, 03:33:29 AM
Everyone except Legendary and above, it appears.

No, your activity was set, but then it was quickly recalculated because you (like all Legendaries) have a low user ID. The recalculation is being done low ID to high ID.
688  Other / Meta / Re: Activity Glitch. DO NOT TRUST ANY USERS BASED ON THEIR RANK! on: October 05, 2015, 03:30:54 AM
I accidentally set everyone's activity to that value (and then later I set it to 0 so people don't keep getting promoted to Hero). The system is now going through and recalculating everyone's activity. It'll take a few hours. Incorrectly-promoted users will be demoted later. If you find yourself demoted to Brand New or Newbie, you'll just need to post a few times after your activity is fixed to get back to your previous rank.

On the plus side, I significantly improved the efficiency of the activity calculator which was previously sometimes locking up the whole forum for a few minutes.
689  Other / Meta / Re: Activity Glitch. DO NOT TRUST ANY USERS BASED ON THEIR RANK! on: October 05, 2015, 03:23:02 AM
690  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk takes too long to load. on: October 04, 2015, 03:42:32 PM
Basically this one. Most of the time, I'm being brought to a half-loaded page.

If it always stops at the ad then maybe the ad is triggering it. FortuneJack's ad (shown in that screenshot) is particularly heavy on CSS. It is valid HTML/CSS, though.
691  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk takes too long to load. on: October 03, 2015, 02:29:30 AM
There were also reports like this with the old server which was located on a different continent, had quite a different setup, etc. My guess is that Internet connections between certain regions just kind of suck, and you don't see it all too often because big websites have servers located all over the globe (unlike the forum's single server).

There are occasional problems related to the database being somewhat overloaded. Every now and then you'll see a 502 error or a "Database error!" or a page that takes ~30 seconds to load. But this seems to be different from the sort of persistent connection issues that people are describing here.
692  Other / Meta / Re: What is the size (in Gb) of the at the 01.10.2015? on: October 02, 2015, 01:40:25 PM
The full compressed backup containing the database, code, config files, etc. is currently 2.9 GB.
693  Other / Meta / Re: how does posting work here (technical details)? on: October 02, 2015, 03:10:07 AM updated with should help. Both link to further documentation on SM's API which is at least a start for bitcointalk which is a semi-custom SMF implementation. is SMF 1.x. That's not going to work.

submitThisOnce doesn't make the post. Just send an HTTP POST in the same way that the form does. Note that you need to pass a valid session key as "sc" (which the form does via a hidden <input>).
694  Other / Meta / Re: The latest change in the trust system has a flaw making it abusable on: October 01, 2015, 02:34:18 PM
A couple of questions:

1) what if the person who left the first negative rating gets removed from DefaultTrust, so that for most people their rating is no longer defining a border, but still is for some?

2) what if the negative trust defining the border gets removed by an administrator (because their account is suspected of having been hacked, for example); the border no longer exists, so am I expected to remove the positive rating I left responding to the negative (bolded, above)? Or should I leave it in place?

There's no harm in leaving extra positive trust ratings. You can keep them or not, it's up to you.

It is a bit of an issue that trust ratings are subjective. Probably this is a flaw in the trust score algorithm, but I'm not sure what to do to improve this.
695  Other / Meta / Re: 3 questions, 2 on the image proxy 1 one decentralizing on: October 01, 2015, 06:47:31 AM
The question is, how. It would be impossible to remove things such as bots, spam or other bad things in a decentralized forum as there would (by concept) be no moderation. It would rely on responsibility by the posters on the forum. The internet isn't responsible.

FMS uses a web-of-trust system. (This forum's trust system was inspired by FMS.) You only see posts of people in your trust list, or in someone you trust's trust list, etc. This prevent spam, though it's tricky to figure out how to add new anonymous people to the trust network. FMS has a feature where anyone can publish a CAPTCHA, and solving this will add you to that person's trust list automatically (with a low score), but this is pretty vulnerable to DoS attacks. Paying some bitcoins is also a good idea.

I haven't looked into this stuff in several years, so I may be out-of-date on some things. Maybe things have improved somewhat by now.

When I tried it FMS worked very well for me, but again, most people don't want to manually manage trust lists.
696  Other / Meta / Re: 3 questions, 2 on the image proxy 1 one decentralizing on: September 29, 2015, 10:55:23 PM
Decentralized forum software has existed since before Bitcoin. The most successful example that comes to my mind is Freenet's FMS. However, since decentralized forums can't have normal moderation, using them generally requires more responsibility and work from readers. The vast majority of people don't want to do this, which is one big reason why decentralized forums are very obscure. (Another reason is that there are very very few developers working in this space, so the tools are often not so great, both from a usability standpoint and in general. IMO Freenet is very unlikely to actually be secure in the face of serious attack, for example.)

Increasing fault-tolerance is a long-term goal, but (re)creating a truly decentralized and uncensorable forum is outside of's scope.

The image proxy isn't a caching proxy. Proxied images are never saved to disk, and only small chunks of images are stored in memory at any one time. The proxy does work with client-side caching (it passes on appropriate cache-related headers, etc.), so you may cache images.
697  Other / Meta / Re: Email addressess are displayed on profile page by default for new users on: September 27, 2015, 01:45:48 PM
698  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Owner of IP address is a hacker and tried to hack my account on: September 25, 2015, 09:33:58 PM
I suspect that Wardrick's account was compromised around May, though I'm not 100% sure. But I'm not hearing any evidence one way or another from anyone who previously owned the account, so I suppose the account will be locked for some time. Therefore, I removed Wardrick's recent sent trust ratings. He can rewrite them later if his account is ever restored.
699  Other / Meta / Re: Can we check the list of threads we have created ? on: September 25, 2015, 01:26:35 AM
I made a very rough tool for this:
700  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: The Well Deserved Fortune of Satoshi Nakamoto, Visionary and Genious on: September 21, 2015, 12:27:22 AM

If I know that person's other account, I don't know that I know it.

(I didn't enter the Bitcoin scene until a year after that person mined those bitcoins.)

At some point in the future.... It could be 2018, or it could be 2025, the Satoshi Recovery False Flag is coming. 

I really don't think that Satoshi is government.
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