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121  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][BTCS][RELAUNCH] Bitcoin-sCrypt | CryptoVoter | as featured in techcrunch on: September 23, 2015, 02:38:40 PM
After a year and a half it's finally here.

yes and an amazing amount of consistent hard work and dedication by Smokeasy to get BTCS to this point !

thanks kelsey!
122  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN][BTCS][RELAUNCH] Bitcoin-sCrypt | CryptoVoter | as featured in techcrunch on: September 23, 2015, 01:42:59 PM
The first BTCS blockchain vote is October 2, 2015
The second BTCS blockchain vote is October 16, 2015
The first BTC blockchain vote is October 23, 2015
123  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting for all Blockchain coins on: September 21, 2015, 06:20:52 PM
CryptoVoter featured today in Techcrunch article

https://cryptocointalk.com/topic/41630-cryptovoter-featured-in-techcrunch-article/
124  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Decentralized Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting on: September 21, 2015, 06:18:06 PM
CryptoVoter just featured in Techcrunch article:
https://cryptocointalk.com/topic/41630-cryptovoter-featured-in-techcrunch-article/
125  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: DagCoin: a cryptocurrency without blocks on: September 21, 2015, 04:58:04 AM
The idea presented on to this post is enough for me to research further on a 'block-less' cryptocurrency. Everything is new to me, including the "Five Room House Puzzle" linked here by americanpegasus. Though some of the words here presented are unfamiliar to me, I'm grasping some pretty interesting ideas.

Thanks to all who posted after me and gave some explanations regarding the matter. Will watch this thread to see how it progresses. Smiley

Same here.
126  Bitcoin / Press / Re: [2015-09-17]CCN-CRYPTOVOTER BRINGS DECENTRALIZED VOTING TO BITCOIN... on: September 17, 2015, 09:59:31 PM
To count as votes, coins must be in your designated voting address at a certain voting blockheight deadline.  Since two coins cannot be in the same address at the same time, you cannot use the same coins to vote twice.

User's votes are weighed based on how much they have at stake one coin = one vote and not on the notion of one person = one vote for two reasons:

(1) The bigger stake you have in the outcome of a decision, the bigger your voice should be.  Votes are non-binding polls so ultimately devs and mining pools still make the final decision but now Bitcoin owners can indicate their opinion on development controversies.

(2) A one person = one vote is inherently incompatible with a truly decentralized blockchain voting system because a trusted-third-party is required to ensure that each person gets one, and only one, vote.  CryptoVoter requires no trusted-third-parties and only provides an option to automatically do what users can do themselves to propose, cast and audit votes.

127  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting for all Blockchain coins on: September 12, 2015, 07:31:49 PM
CryptoVoter Ann Video explains how decentralized blockchain works and discusses its features.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7TWpwWvhpU
128  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting for all Blockchain coins on: September 11, 2015, 05:52:56 AM
CryptoVoter to be featured on Bitcoin Rush Weekly CryptoNews Show: Friday (9-11-2015).

https://twitter.com/Bitcoin_Rush/status/642171320491380736

CryptoVoter: Decentralizing development consensus.  Launch: 09-24-2015
129  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Decentralized Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting on: September 11, 2015, 05:38:23 AM
CryptoVoter to be featured on Bitcoin Rush Weekly CryptoNews Show: Friday (9-11-2015).

https://twitter.com/Bitcoin_Rush/status/642171320491380736

CryptoVoter: Decentralizing development consensus.  Launch: 09-24-2015
130  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Bitcoin sCrypt | Where the community votes and decides! on: September 01, 2015, 10:47:33 PM
CRYPTO-VOTER LAUNCH ANNOUNCEMENT CAN BE FOUND HERE

http://theotherbitcoin.com/decentralizing-development-through-coin-holder-consensus/

INFOGRAPHIC EXPLAINING BLOCKCHAIN VOTING BELOW

131  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Bitcoin sCrypt | Where the community votes and decides! on: September 01, 2015, 10:21:58 PM
Somebody have a compiled qt wallet of this coin? I don't have an ubuntu machine where do the procedure....

Wallets can be downloaded at the new official site

http://bitcoinscrypt.co/
132  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Decentralized Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting on: September 01, 2015, 03:48:17 AM
133  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] CryptoVoter - Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting for all Blockchain coins on: September 01, 2015, 03:01:35 AM
CryptoVoter works on all blockchain-based coins that use public-key encryption (e.g., cryptocoins).

For the official launch on September 14, 2015, the initial crypto will be Bitcoin-sCrypt and CryptoVoter will expand blockchain-voting to other cryptos shortly thereafter.

Interested coins and devs should contact: addcoin@cryptovoter.com.

Please include information on the relevant coin so we can confirm cross-blockchain functionality.

Thanks.

Smokeasy

134  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Service Announcements (Altcoins) / [ANN] CryptoVoter - Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting for all Blockchain coins on: September 01, 2015, 02:37:51 AM
135  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [PRE-ANN] Bitcoin-sCrypt - Decentralizing Development with CryptoVoter on: August 31, 2015, 10:42:58 PM
relaunch??

The decentralized blockchain voting system was first announced over a year ago but didn't want to crowd-fund vaporware so ended up taking a lot longer than anticipated.

Finally finished CryptoVoter and set it up to work on all blockchain coins, with Bitcoin-sCrypt being the first to implement it at launch.

If it works, more coins to be added to CryptoVoter.

Decentralizing development in the cryptocoin industry is the goal.
136  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / [PRE-ANN] Bitcoin-sCrypt - Decentralizing Development with CryptoVoter on: August 31, 2015, 09:54:56 PM
We are pleased to announce that Bitcoin-sCrypt will be the first cryptographic currency to implement decentralized development through a new shareholder-style blockchain voting service called CryptoVoter.
 
The official CryptoVoter announcement can be found here.  
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1167521.0

The launch infographic can be found below.  A high resolution image of the infographic can be found here: http://theotherbitcoin.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CryptoVoter-Launch.png
 
This teaser announcement will be replaced with an officially announcement and coordinated social media campaign when CryptoVoter officially releases on September 14, 2015.
 
Bitcoin sCrypt Updates:
  • A new node has been added to the network.
  • The official Bitcoin-sCrypt website has changed to bitcoinscrypt.co.
  • Both the new official website and the btcs developers blog (theotherbitcoin.com) have been updated.
  • Finally, an updated Bitcoin-sCrypt wallet client and blockchain explorer are expected to be released next week.

Again, this pre-ann is just a taste before the official announcement September 14, 2015, but we wanted to give the community a heads up before the official announcement takes plan then.
 
Decentralizing development through blockchain consensus: it’s time to make cryptos interesting again.
 
More info to follow.
 
-Smokeasy

INFOGRAPHIC EXPLAINING BLOCKCHAIN VOTING CAN BE FOUND HERE
137  Economy / Service Announcements / [ANN] CryptoVoter - Decentralized Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting on: August 31, 2015, 09:46:09 PM
Decentralizing Development through Coin-holder Consensus

To increase the blocksize or not increase the blocksize, that is the question.   As core developers quarrel and mining pools take sides, the world of Bitcoin-holders wait.
 
The genius of the Bitcoin Blockchain is in its ability to leverage asymmetrical cryptography to empower the individual through decentralization.  Time, however, has taught us that Bitcoin’s real risks come not from within, but from its interactions with the old centralized-world from which it was born.
 
     For instance:
 
     1 – Centralized exchanges promote centralized theft.
 
     2 – Centralization from mining pools concentrates the hashing power used to approve transactions and change the code, while simultaneously increasing the probability of a successful 51% attack.
 
     3 – Centralized development gives us centralized decision-making and is leading to dilutive hard-forks.
 
Our focus here is on issue number three: centralized development.
 
With the controversy between Bitcoin-Core, Bitcoin-XT, BIP100, BIP101, et al., growing by the day, we now have centralized developers wooing the ever-centralizing mining pools to get the consensus they need to decide the fate of increased blocksizes.
 
And where exactly are the Bitcoin-holders in this decision-making process?  Well, they aren’t.
You see, Bitcoin-holders are stuck waiting on the sidelines to have these centralized decision-makers shove “consensus” down their decentralized throats because, you know, Bitcoin is a decentralized currency and all.
 
Newsflash: Bitcoin-holders are the actual owners of Bitcoin and, consequently, have a bigger stake in Bitcoin’s outcome than either the mining pools or developers. Yet, the only decentralized stakeholders left in this “consensus” equation, the Bitcoin-Holders themselves, are completely removed from it.
 
But with blockchain technology, there is a better way: decentralized blockchain consensus.
 
Decentralized Shareholder-style Blockchain Voting

We propose a simple and clean decentralized shareholder-style blockchain voting system that allows Bitcoin-holders to cast votes on development issues in proportion to their ownership stake in Bitcoin itself; all without ever giving up control of their coins, or without needing trusted-third-parties to hold, cast or audit votes.
 
Decentralized shareholder-style blockchain voting provides the mandate developers need to push out controversial updates and will finally give a voice to Bitcoin-holders in a non-binding public forum that requires zero changes to the existing codebase.
 
In addition to creating an objectively fair method for resolving development conflicts, decentralized blockchain voting would also incentivize information-sharing between developers and the Bitcoin community.  Furthermore, one day decentralized blockchain voting could give rise to competing developer factions who propose features for Bitcoin-holders to decide, and miners to subsequently adopt, rather than having a handful of centralized developers decide issues top-down.  
 
Accordingly, in response to the shortcomings of centralized development, we now bring you CryptoVoter.
 
CryptoVoter

In a nutshell, decentralized shareholder-style blockchain voting, aka CryptoVoter, works by using vanity Bitcoin addresses to create a personalized vanity voting address in the user’s wallet file to allow users to send coins to themselves to publicly register votes.
 
 
More specifically, to vote the user picks an answer choice and simply sends coins from one address in their wallet to another vanity voting address in their wallet before the published voting blockheight deadline.  This vanity voting address is personalized with a pre-designated voting pre-fix that represents a voting question and answer pair reflecting the user’s vote choice.
 
To count votes, at the designated voting blockheight deadline anyone can search voting results by doing a simple wildcard search (*) on any blockchain explorer.  To eliminate double-voting, coins not confirmed in a voting address at the block-height deadline do not count.  Additionally, requiring +n confirmations to the voting blockheight deadline could further secure the voting.
 
The CryptoVoter client would perform this functionality automatically and would provide: (i) a user-friendly interface to automatically complete the voting steps; (ii) options to manually complete the voting steps (if desired); and, most importantly, (iii) will have its source-code published on Github with deterministic Gitian build instructions and file checksum hashes provided, so anyone can verify the safety and authenticity of the CryptoVoter client.
 
Ultimately, with decentralized blockchain voting any user could propose, vote and audit votes themselves using the blockchain without the necessity of trusted-third parties.  And best of all, it works on all blockchain-based cryptocoins that use asymmetrical public-key encryption.
 
After over a year of development (and setbacks), we filed a patent application and completed alpha-testing this summer (USPTO Non-Prov Patent App # 14745370).
 
Thus, we are pleased to announce that CryptoVoter is ready for official launch September 14, 2015.
 
CryptoVoter Release Date:  September 14, 2015

For the initial launch the first cryptocoin to decentralize development through CryptoVoter’s shareholder-style blockchain voting service will be the Bitcoin-sCrypt alt-coin (BTCS), with plans to expand to Bitcoin-Core and other alt-coins shortly thereafter…if the community supports our efforts.
 
So join us in our attempt to shift power away from centralized developers and mining pools to Bitcoin-holders themselves, and help further the democratization of finance through Bitcoin blockchain technology.
 
The future is decentralization.
 
For more information check out our CryptoVoter infographic below.
 
info [[at]] cryptovoter.com
 
www.cryptovoter.com
 
Follow us on Twitter:
@cryptovoter
 
Support our efforts: 1M5Uiye4tGUver2LHUzWPkZvH9cuuoomuj

Original Article posted at: http://theotherbitcoin.com/decentralizing-development-through-coin-holder-consensus

138  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / Re: [ANN] [Bitcoin-sCrypt] - Block-chain Vote to Move to Pure Proof-of-Stake Mining on: August 08, 2014, 02:19:03 PM
Bitcoin sCrypt update thread can be found here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=728333.0
139  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: [ANN] Bitcoin sCrypt | new Client v1.2 | NOW ON MINTPAL! on: August 07, 2014, 05:11:41 PM
Hello BTCS devs, I just thought I would mention something.. I am a supporter of this coin, and hold a pretty decent bag, but I think one of the reasons the coin is being overlooked is due to the fact that the thread is hosted on the alternative forum. I understand why this was necessary, but it has put the coin community in a backwater.

I used to visit the thread often to get the days updates, but due to the way the forum is organised, you cannot easily find out the latest info. It's all over the place. It is such a hassle that even I have given up trying to search it out. I just don't bother anymore, and this coin means something financially to me...

On this site the latest updates are just right there on 1 page. In a minute you know what is happening. I have seen other people posting here thinking the coin is dead. The other thread is doing you a bigger disservice than you realise.

Even though it would be a hassle, and you might have emotional reasons not to make the switch, I think you should move the thread here. It's where everybody hangs out, whether you get that or not. The coin is going down the gurgler guys. Hiding it in a difficult to use backwater ain't going to help it much!

Just a thought... In case this has been overlooked.


Yes, cmon devs, the time for action is now. BTCS is critical right now as it's being delisted from MP.

Good time for a press release or something.

Agreed.

Bitcoin sCrypt update thread can be found here:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=728333.0
140  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Altcoin Discussion / [UPDATE] Bitcoin sCrypt Developments on: August 07, 2014, 04:30:07 PM
All,
 
We wanted to provide a quick update concerning BTCS exchange listings and an update on the development of our decentralized blockchain voting application.
 
AFOAF reached out to the exchanges that recently de-listed BTCS due to low trading volume and asked whether they would re-list BTCS again if volume and interest increased: two responses were positive and the other was enlightening.
 
Low Volume
 
Both Poloniex and C-Cex indicated that they would re-list BTCS if trading volume increased sufficiently.
 
In light of this, the upcoming release of the decentralized block-chain voting application gives us the perfect opportunity to get re-listed by increasing interest and demand for Bitcoin sCrypt as the first coin to democratize development through block-chain voting.
 
Coin Code Confusion
 
Interestingly, however, Mintpal stated that they probably would not re-list BTCS because "[a]long with the low volume, a lot of users got confused by the coin code [BTCS] as it was too similar to BTC."  
 
I personally know of a few users who sent BTCS to Mintpal's BTC address and vice-versa.  While the funds were eventually recovered because the wallets are cross-compatible, it created a headache for the exchange so it's understandable why they would be hesitant to re-list BTCS.
 
After I took over development from the original coin developer (Omega6), I unilaterally changed the Bitcoin sCrypt AppData directory so that it no longer conflicted with the Bitcoin SHA256 AppData folder and confused users.  
 
Similarly, in response to Mintpal we want to change the coin code in the next client update to eliminate confusion but fought the urge to unilaterally change the coin code this time because of our commitment to shifting coin development decisions from developers to the community through block-chain voting.
 
As such, we will expand the initial set of housekeeping votes to include a vote on whether to change the coin code from BTCS to something less confusing.    This housekeeping voting item is slated for after our initial vote on whether to change the logo.
 
Blockchain Voting Update
 
Finally, we wanted to provide an update regarding our development of the decentralized block-chain voting application.  
 
We have completed Phase 1 of alpha-testing and are beginning internal testing of the voting client for Phase 2, and anticipate expanding Phase 2 to the alpha-testing user base shortly.
 
 
~Smokeasy
 
Original Whitepaper on decentralizing development through block-chain voting can be found here:
https://cryptocointalk.com/topic/3449-decentralizing-development-through-vanity-voting/?p=30684
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