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781  Other / Meta / Re: Links no longer open in a new window/tab on: April 23, 2016, 04:42:16 PM
the right clicking in link and selecting open in new tab will prevent this?

Yeah, that's fine. The issue seems to be that when there's a target="_blank" link, the browser considers the new window/tab to be a "child" of the original page. This is a holdover from an era when popup windows were commonly used for all sorts of things, and the "target" attribute was used to affect the child pop-ups of a website.
782  Other / Meta / Re: Seriously! Banned my Gleb account. on: April 23, 2016, 04:32:08 PM
IIRC I did warn you about this in the past...

I would say however that I do not agree with this rule, especially when there is no paid signature involved. Posting multiple times does have clear benefits as it makes it very clear that you are making multiple points in relation to a particular topic. Making one post and then a subsequent post immediately after helps empanthesize the second post and would be beneficial to someone making a series of points concluded by a strong/important point.

Having a few consecutive posts every now and then when you don't have a paid sig isn't a big deal, but PG/GG does it habitually. The issue with this is that it unfairly bumps topics (like bumping a topic more than once per 24 hours) and it spams "watchlist", "show unrelad posts since last visit", etc.
783  Other / Meta / Links no longer open in a new window/tab on: April 23, 2016, 04:20:34 PM
Previously, user-generated links would often open in a new window/tab. However, kcud_dab found out that there are security issues with this, so I removed it. You'll have to middle-click links if you want them to open in a new tab.

If people find this disruptive, I could add rel=noreferrer to some of the target=_blank links, but then referrer info would never be sent, which might be undesirable.
784  Other / Meta / Re: INVALID BBCODE: bad table usage ?? on: April 23, 2016, 01:40:19 AM
That's usually caused by unclosed tags. I think in your case the post was too long, got cut off, and the unclosed tags triggered that error.
785  Other / Meta / Re: Beta of new forum software now officially open on: April 20, 2016, 12:16:47 AM
Due to some spam that the software wasn't quite prepared to handle yet, registration of new users is disabled for now.
786  Other / Meta / Re: Beta of new forum software now officially open on: April 19, 2016, 04:49:27 PM
What is the security risk of transferring PMs over? I would think allowing people to import the PMs into the new forum would cause additional risks as PMs might be able to be faked, ect

It just makes me extremely nervous to transfer this huge chunk of very-private data from this extremely-battle-hardened software onto new software.

Ah, this was unexpectedly great to hear. So exactly what is the plan once the beta finishes, a merge of everything (i.e. threads and posts made on both 'forums')?

Anything you post on outside of Beta discussion will be deleted in the final merge.
787  Other / Off-topic / Re: Desktop messenger with end-to-end encryption? on: April 19, 2016, 04:53:19 AM
if it supports OTR it does the job. i use jabber with pidgin and otr plugin.

Yeah, that's what I'd recommend.
788  Other / Meta / Re: Beta of new forum software now officially open on: April 19, 2016, 04:49:06 AM
Is that the final look of it or a different theme will be added? And instead of re-setting the password there, can we not just make a new(temp.) account to test it out?

The final theme will look similar. Some adjustments might be made.

You can create a separate account if you want.

err.... any way to get my password reset without an email?

No. You could create a separate account using a throwaway email service.

With the final version, there will be a way to move your account without having a valid email.


I'm currently thinking that for security, PMs will not be automatically transferred over. Certainly, there will be a way to download your old PMs for at least a year after the transition, and maybe there will be a way to import these PMs into the new forum if you want. (I already have code written for exporting your PMs as an mbox file which you can import into eg. Thunderbird, though I haven't gotten around to creating all of the interface stuff for it yet.)
789  Other / Meta / Re: Why are some bitcointalk links not green when hovered over? on: April 19, 2016, 03:31:01 AM
Only links in user-provided text such as posts, PMs, and signatures have the green links. I thought that it might be annoying for "UI links" to do the green hover thing.
790  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / MOVED: Ethereum on: April 19, 2016, 02:38:16 AM
This topic has been moved to Altcoin Discussion.
791  Other / Meta / Beta of new forum software now officially open on: April 19, 2016, 02:28:10 AM
I'm happy to announce that the new forum software (called Epochtalk) is now officially open for public testing at Please help test it. To log in, you currently have to click on "Help, I forgot my password" to reset your password first. This password reset affects only For extra security, I recommend using a different password on the beta than on the main forum.

You can post about any bugs or missing features in either New forum software here or Beta discussion on the beta forum.
792  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 170 on: April 17, 2016, 12:14:23 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.


- 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.


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. 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.
793  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 169 on: April 17, 2016, 12:04:22 AM
Auction ended. Final result:
Slots BTC/Slot Person
5 0.80 victorhing
4 0.70 themerkle
794  Economy / Digital goods / MOVED: Sell website on: April 16, 2016, 06:49:11 AM
This topic has been moved to Trashcan. DMCA takedown.
795  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 169 on: April 16, 2016, 02:41:53 AM
2 @ 0.5

Sorry, you have negative trust from my perspective, so I won't accept your bid.

The auction continues.
796  Other / Meta / Re: Automatically exchange words on the forum? on: April 10, 2016, 04:22:49 PM
shouldnt this be replaced then?

The suspicious links blacklist only affects newbies.
797  Other / Meta / Re: Green hover color for links on: April 10, 2016, 01:36:33 AM
Does this only apply to links in PMs/posts?

Right, just bbcode.
798  Other / Meta / Re: Automatically exchange words on the forum? on: April 10, 2016, 01:31:44 AM
I also added that phishing site to the suspicious links blacklist.
799  Other / Meta / Green hover color for links on: April 10, 2016, 01:22:12 AM
Now when a link leads to, it has a green hover color. For example:
"Legit link"

(If you don't see it, you probably have a cached version of the CSS -- manually refresh this page or wait a few hours.)

This should make it easier to identify phishing, especially once your eyes get used to seeing it.

Credit for this idea goes to Cyrus.
800  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 169 on: April 07, 2016, 05:47:12 PM
Again note that this round and future rounds are intended to have a minimum duration of 7 days, a maximum duration of 12 days, and a median duration of 8 days. In the past, ad rounds would regularly last 14 days or more.

This auction will end within a few days of April 14.
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