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861  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 148 on: April 14, 2015, 02:55:14 AM
2@1.7

I won't accept your bid.

- You are not actually in HK.
- Your service is very likely a HYIP scam. This is an OK form of gambling if you're honest about it, but you're not.
- Your charity is fake. The images on your Facebook page are taken from elsewhere and (badly) photoshopped.
862  Other / Meta / Re: Inbox Size Limit? on: April 12, 2015, 12:16:27 PM
No. I have about 16,000 PMs in my inbox.
863  Other / Meta / Re: Please No (Hard) Drug Avatars on: April 12, 2015, 08:34:54 AM
It is unfortunate that any avatar causes negative feelings, but I don't want to censor avatars that are offensive/disturbing to only a small minority of forum members. Many people will be negatively affected by many different images, and while banning each individual thing might not be a big deal, banning them all would make the avatar rules uncomfortably restrictive, I think.
864  Other / Meta / Re: An exact/estimate reason why Bitcointalk doesn't load without VPN for me? on: April 11, 2015, 08:35:29 PM
When bitcointalk.org isn't working, run traceroute bitcointalk.org (Linux) or tracert bitcointalk.org (Windows) using the not-working connection. Post the result here. If you don't want your IP address to be public, completely remove any lines containing your IP address.
865  Other / Meta / Re: An exact/estimate reason why Bitcointalk doesn't load without VPN for me? on: April 11, 2015, 03:44:10 PM
If it works perfectly via 3G but not via your normal ISP then it is far more likely to be due to IP blocking.

It might also indicate that his normal ISP is having temporary problems connecting to the forum's ISP.

I guess these problems started long after we switched to the anti-DDoS service, and I haven't received any other complaints about this, so I feel like it's somewhat unlikely to be the anti-DDoS service.

@theymos - I've noticed when pinging since the IP change there is an "non-specific reverse DNS" entry:

Fixed, thanks. (The change will need time to propagate.)
866  Other / Meta / Re: An exact/estimate reason why Bitcointalk doesn't load without VPN for me? on: April 11, 2015, 02:27:36 PM
Maybe you're doing something that the anti-DDoS service is blocking. I haven't had any other reports of this, so you're probably doing something quite unusual. It might be something else, too.
867  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Account-feature stable? on: April 10, 2015, 08:33:52 PM
I like the accounts feature. It is probably slower than a real database (though I haven't benchmarked it), but it promotes good practices and it's very easy to use once you know how it works. However, it is designed mainly for the simple case of accepting payments, and that's probably all you should use it for. Don't use it as the basis of any sort of EWallet. Don't allow users to automatically withdraw BTC from your site if you're using accounts (unless you're a Bitcoin expert and you're super careful).

Bitcointalk.org uses accounts for the registration fee. Each user gets a unique account "forumuser_$UID" (so I'd be "forumuser_35"). I get their address with getaccountaddress forumuser_$user and check their balance with getbalance forumuser_$user $minconf. Bitcointalk.org's core Bitcoin handling code is just 82 lines, and it uses no libraries (JSON-RPC handling is 34 of these lines).

AFAIK accounts don't scale well enough for huge services to use them, but most sites should be fine. Keep in mind that you should not store much money on a live server, so you should sweep all money to an offline wallet frequently or do some sort of watch-only wallet setup. Also, you must backup wallet.dat at least as often as you backup your database, since it will contain the important user<->address database.
868  Other / Meta / Re: Would this bot be allowed on the forum? on: April 07, 2015, 10:52:54 PM
Yes. Make sure it doesn't access the forum more than once per second on average, though.
869  Other / New forum software / Re: The Ability To Filter "Unread Posts Since Last Visit" on: April 07, 2015, 05:05:37 AM
Something like that will be in the new software.

There's a hidden feature in the current forum that allows you to filter "unread posts since last visit" by board:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=unread;boards=6,37,4,1
870  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Bitcoin Foundation Divided Over Controversial Restructuring Proposal on: April 07, 2015, 04:55:01 AM
IMO they should just end the Foundation. It seems that they have very little money left and their reputation is (justifiably or not) trashed. Why even go to the trouble of rebuilding it?

They accomplished quite a bit over the years. They paid Gavin and several other developers, they funded bitcoin.org, they produced some good lobbying results, etc. The people who worked toward these good results shouldn't feel ashamed to "call it a day" now. I was an annual member for the first two years of the Foundation (currently I'm not a member), and I'm not particularly disappointed in how my money was apparently used.
871  Other / Meta / Re: [Serious] Avatar Rules Discussion on: April 06, 2015, 08:02:43 PM
bigbitmine and El Emperador's avatars are fine IMO.
872  Other / Meta / Re: [Serious] Avatar Rules Discussion on: April 04, 2015, 05:21:37 AM
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1) Is nudity allowed? If so, to what extreme? To a non nsfw tag?

No.

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2) Is NSFL allowed? [NSFL = Not Safe For Life]

No.

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3) Is other adult content allowed?

Maybe.

If I receive (or anticipate receiving) several complaints about something, it's probably too much.

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4) Are paid avatar campaigns allowed?

Yes.

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5) Is copyright content allowed? How should copyright holders request deletion of infringing content?

You are not allowed to infringe copyright, of course. I have no way of knowing whether you have a license to use particular images, and it's additionally sometimes difficult to determine whether fair use applies, so I will not be proactively removing possibly-infringing images. The DMCA process is used.

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6) Is racial / sexist content allowed?

Probably.

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7) Is there a limit on 'annoyingness'?

Animation is not allowed, so I feel like it'd be difficult to create an avatar that is sufficiently annoying that I'd want to remove it.

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8 ) Are 'imitation' avatars allowed? Ie wearing avatars of specific companies to give the false impression of representation.

Copying someone's avatar in order to impersonate them or cause confusion is not allowed. But if you both use some generic picture of some famous person or something, that's probably not going to count, and using elements of someone's avatar for purposes other than impersonation will probably be allowed. Same for companies.

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9) How should users report those with infringing avatars?

DMCA takedown notices or any other legal thing must be emailed to me. For other issues, post about it in Meta.
873  Economy / Auctions / Advertise on this forum - Round 148 on: April 04, 2015, 03:54:46 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. 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. 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/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.

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 eight slots are filled.

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.

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.
874  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 147 on: April 04, 2015, 03:54:21 AM
Sorry, I accidentally neglected to include some people in the PM with the payment addresses. I just sent it.
875  Economy / Auctions / Re: Advertise on this forum - Round 147 on: April 03, 2015, 08:33:14 PM
3 @ 1.2

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

8 @ 2.05

You have negative trust from my perspective. I don't trust that you'll pay, and I don't trust that whatever you're going to advertise is safe. So I will reject your bid.

Due to this, I will ignore champbronc2's unnecessary increase.

Auction ended. Final result:

Slots BTC/Slot Person
1 1.90 luckyflop
3 1.90 champbronc2
2 1.85 MariaQin
1 1.85 arlekyn13
1 1.85 betcointm
876  Other / Meta / DDoS on: April 02, 2015, 05:22:27 PM
Starting about 14 hours ago, there has been a large DDoS against the forum that is apparently still ongoing. The forum was down for a few hours as a result.

I'm not going to use Cloudflare for bitcointalk.org. Cloudflare is a massive central point of failure to the Internet. Tons of sites (including most large Bitcoin sites) use it. Additionally, in most cases Cloudflare can undetectably read any encrypted traffic passing through their service because they have the site's HTTPS key. Even if you use their keyless HTTPS feature, they can still read your traffic (though this is detectable with something like Certificate Patrol) because they have an agreement with a CA which allows them to issue whatever certificates they want (they are essentially a CA). Also, I've heard that Cloudflare is not especially effective at stopping many types of DDoS attack.

Instead, I purchased DDoS protection that works at a lower level. After filtering, it sends user TCP traffic to the forum's server verbatim. This eliminates the need for giving up the forum's HTTPS key. It seems to be effective at stopping this attacker's traffic, but it may be introducing some periodic downtime/slowness/latency. We're still looking into it. DDoS protection services (even the most expensive ones) are notorious for often being useless, shady, or unreliable, so who knows whether this service or any future ones I may try will end up working out... Unfortunately, the Internet is just particularly weak to DDoS attacks, and there are no great solutions available.
877  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk no longer at 109.201.133.195 bitcointalk.org ? on: April 02, 2015, 04:55:21 PM
Changing IPs was necessary for DDoS protection. The forum will stay at this IP for a while, though probably not permanently. It probably won't return to 109.201.133.195.
878  Other / Meta / Re: Avatars re-enabled on: April 02, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
Avatars are working normally now.

There are a small handful of people who had an animated avatar before this new system. I'm not going to remove those, but if they update their avatars then animation won't be possible.

That could be true, also maybe he was planning to change it at a certain time but then there was a ddos attack and he went to bed or something.

That's what happened.
879  Other / Meta / Re: Avatars re-enabled on: April 01, 2015, 06:17:43 AM
Smiley

If you especially dislike the avatar you were given, uploading a new avatar (or reuploading your current one) will give you a random new one. If anyone has any ideas for more "fool" avatars to add, post them here and I might add them later today.

The avatar feature will work properly after April 1.
880  Other / Meta / Re: Avatars re-enabled on: April 01, 2015, 04:21:02 AM
Can we have animated gifs?

No.
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