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1  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: February 25, 2018, 03:53:59 PM
ICO bot now supports KYC and non-US attestation https://github.com/byteball/ico-bot
I'm not aware of any other ICO platform that supports KYC out of the box.

For developers who want to use KYC or any other private attestations, here is developer guide: https://github.com/byteball/byteballcore/wiki/Using-attested-private-profiles

2  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: February 23, 2018, 06:44:28 PM

edit: censorship?
Quote from: CryptoBest, reddit


UPDATE #2: Some of you might find it interesting that I made a very similar post on the ByteBall bitcointalk.org thread which immediately got deleted by a moderator - no reason given.

Why was my post deleted? What was so offensive? Did I not make some valid points and provide a decent suggestion to manage the optics of the announcement?

As a sincere ByteBall fan who is only seeking the best for the project, I find this kind of censorship deeply disturbing.


I have no idea why your post was deleted, moderation on this forum is totally out of my control.

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I understand it was painful for many community members to hear that the March airdrop was cancelled.  But it had to be done for the reasons I stated in November and repeated a few days ago.  Back in summer, there were concerns about what happens when we distribute all the coins and the 10%-20% monthly holding reward goes away.  Since then, we reduced the reward, slowed down the balance-based airdrops, and finally phased them out.  Now, the concerns are over.  Going forward.
3  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: February 19, 2018, 11:09:05 AM

Now that the new distribution methods are ready and proven, and we've added even more methods than originally planned, the March airdrop is cancelled.  November airdrop was the last one that paid to holders in proportion to their balances.

This is the list of the current distribution methods (in no particular order) that we'll continue to use and improve:

1. Cashback.

2. Verification rewards and referral rewards to those who verify their real name.  It is true that the referral system didn't work quite well for new users who have no Bytes yet, and we are going to introduce a new scheme which will allow to refer new users without sending them any Bytes.

3. Giveaways, such as those that Rafael does to his youtube subscribers.

4. Mass sending of textcoins to subscribers of our partners.  We have done two so far https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1heT6TUSpTJgRW-FUM0LbcoVjXZRCb3PbXQQLmzvNRvM/edit#gid=323859176 and will work on improving conversion in the future campaigns.

IMO this is very bad news. None of these methods are "proven" as you say, and they are all far more opaque than distributing to addresses with balances that can be checked on the networks.

How many dollar-equivalents have been spent in the cashback program so far? What's there been like 50 people send their passport to Juobi or whatever now? Youtube crypto scam videos? Really?

There are still 40% of coins to distribute, and now they are basically completely able to be distributed by shady backroom deals or not at all. There is no way to validate distribution beyond this point. So long and thanks for all the fish.

For transparency,
this address is used to pay cashbacks: https://explorer.byteball.org/#TU3Q44S6H2WXTGQO6BZAGWFKKJCF7Q3W
attestation and referral rewards: https://explorer.byteball.org/#RJIUGYIVHM5TAZHU3ZPNTNZL5JF4JUTN

4  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: February 18, 2018, 06:30:48 PM
An update about future distribution plans.

So far, bytes were mainly distributed via airdrops to holders of BTC and Bytes, and a relatively small portion was distributed through the cashback program.  We started this free distribution with the purpose of getting the currency as wide spread as possible, and while the purpose stays the same, methods can change.  The airdrop method worked well to get the initial user base, but it also proved to be the least efficient in terms of user acquisition cost.

Over the next few months, we'll add more methods of free distribution.  One of them is already being developed, I expect it to be ready in the first half of December.  

The new methods are designed to grow our user base faster than the money supply.

While the new methods are still untested, it is early to drop the airdrops.  That's why the next round of distribution to Bytes and BTC holders is tentatively planned for the full moon of March 2, 2018.  The rules are the same as in the previous round:

For every 16 BTC you receive 0.1 GB,
For every 1 GB you receive additional 0.1 GB,

and similar rules for blackbytes.

This round can be postponed or even canceled depending on performance of other distribution methods.

As I said before, airdrops to holders of BTC and Bytes, which we did on full moons, were a good way to bootstrap the network and get initial attention.  But last few airdrops failed to attract any significant number of new users while quickly consuming the undistributed pool.  We had to pivot to other distribution methods, but at the time I was writing the above post they were not ready yet, and I had to tentatively put another old-style airdrop on the calendar.

Now that the new distribution methods are ready and proven, and we've added even more methods than originally planned, the March airdrop is cancelled.  November airdrop was the last one that paid to holders in proportion to their balances.

This is the list of the current distribution methods (in no particular order) that we'll continue to use and improve:

1. Cashback.

2. Verification rewards and referral rewards to those who verify their real name.  It is true that the referral system didn't work quite well for new users who have no Bytes yet, and we are going to introduce a new scheme which will allow to refer new users without sending them any Bytes.

3. Giveaways, such as those that Rafael does to his youtube subscribers.

4. Mass sending of textcoins to subscribers of our partners.  We have done two so far https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1heT6TUSpTJgRW-FUM0LbcoVjXZRCb3PbXQQLmzvNRvM/edit#gid=323859176 and will work on improving conversion in the future campaigns.

Other similar methods will be added over time, the purpose is to use the remaining undistributed coins most efficiently to acquire as many new users as possible.

There were multiple suggestions to redirect a part of undistributed funds from free distribution, i.e. from acquiring users, and spend it for hiring more people, paying contractors, etc.  While I understand the reasoning behind these suggestions, it is also important that we learn to spend money wisely, with the maximum effect per spent $, before (and if) we scale up the budget.  Anyway, it is unnecessary to repurpose the undistributed funds now as we have enough funds in the Community Fund to fund the current operations in the near future: it is over $1m in Bytes (plus another $1m in less liquid blackbytes).
5  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: February 15, 2018, 10:47:47 PM
Meet new ICO on BB Platform.

https://silentnotary.com/

SilentNotary is a digital notary that saves and certifies documents, emails, chats, and audio/video recordings.  The authenticity of these records will be ensured by posting them both to Ethereum blockchain and Byteball DAG.  The ICO is active until 15 March 2018.  Find "SilentNotary ICO" bot in the Bot Store, you can buy SNTR tokens with Bytes, BTC, or Ether.

6  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 22, 2018, 12:42:05 AM
Some advice after running the real name attestation for a few days.

- read the instructions.  They are long but everything is important.

Two most frequent mistakes:
1. make sure you are in a single address wallet.  If not, switch to one.  If it doesn't exist, create it.  Fortunately, for all new users, the main wallet is single-address by default.
2. use a document with your ID in Latin characters.  Some countries (e.g. China, Russia) have their national ID cards with the name printed in the national language only.  They don't work.  Use your driver license or the passport you use to travel abroad.

- when scanning your ID, make sure there is no glare from reflected light, especially if your ID has a glossy surface.  Otherwise, Jumio can't read it.


Also, when you are referring someone, be prepared to babysit them a bit to ensure the best experience.
7  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 19, 2018, 01:44:46 AM
@tonych could you please clarify, if a user will try to verify multiple accounts, what will happen? Will Jumio allow this? Will all accounts have the same ID hash or different?

Both Jumio and the bot won't see any problem with this.  However the attestation reward will be paid only once.  The same ID will have the same ID hash.
8  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 18, 2018, 09:08:05 PM
Finally, the new distribution rules https://medium.com/byteball/distribution-to-verified-users-and-referrals-ed00b9b2a30e
9  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 18, 2018, 11:25:50 AM
As you already know from yesterday news, we are bringing identity to crypto.

Full article: https://medium.com/byteball/bringing-identity-to-crypto-b35964feee8e

Real name attestation bot is added to the Bot Store:



The bot is open source: https://github.com/byteball/real-name-attestation

It uses Jumio to verify identity.  Many of you already know Jumio because many crypto businesses trust them to do identity verification.  For example, it is integrated with Bittrex and Coinbase.



The attestation is paid, it is $8.00 per attempt, but after successfully verifying yourself for the first time, you get $20.00 from the distribution fund.  This is one of the new distribution methods.  Thanks to identity, it is abuse-free.

After being verified, a hash of the personal data is posted to the DAG while the personal data itself is saved in your wallet.  You can disclose this data to a service provider who needs it, and you choose what to disclose:



The service provider verifies this data using the above mentioned hash.

Many ICOs already require KYC from their investors.  Now, we provide this option out-of-the-box, and it is incredibly easy to use for both the end user and the ICO issuer.  No other ICO platform can do this.

The attestation bot also offers to attest that you are a non-US user if it sees that you are a non-US citizen and using non-US IP address to access the jumio site during verification.  This is useful for many ICOs that don't do full KYC but want to allow only non-US users access to their tokens.  They need it to avoid the US extraterritorial jurisdiction.

10  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 13, 2018, 02:16:51 PM
You may find this quite an authentic marketing possibility for a future portion of the remaining Bytes:
https://www.reddit.com/r/ByteBall/comments/7opnl4/bytes_accepted_here_contest_10000000_bytes_prize/dsgoj8c/
Allow me to quote the main part of this link:
Quote
What if… Byteball makes a special ‘Discover Byteball’ page where people can upload their contactlist with email addresses. Every email address you provide will receive 1 MB (± $0,70) via textcoin from this fund.
I see two main problems with this:
1. Basically, it's spamming people. And although that is a powerful method used by almost every social media website, I personally hate it when a company sends me an email because someone else leaked my email address.
2. It will be very easy to abuse. Giveaways in general are heavily abused, and if all that's required is an email address, many people will claim this many times.

I agree with LoyceV.  These emails must come from a known trusted sender.  It is either a person-to-person email/chat, or a mass mailing from a business/organization you already have some relations with.
11  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 13, 2018, 12:47:34 PM
An update about our upcoming promotional activities.

1. Eli Taranto has joined our team as PR and Marketing director.
He has a strong track record in marketing, business development, and investor relations.
See his LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-taranto/
He will be paid from the Community Fund

2. Steve will give a talk about Byteball at World Crypto Economic Forum in San Francisco http://wcef.co/ on January 15-16.
Eli will also be there, and there is a number of meetings planned in addition to the conference.
Unfortunately, I cannot attend as it was unrealistic to get a visa within such short time frame.
We sponsor WiFi at the conference.  This is paid from the Community Fund.

We will also send out $10 worth textcoins to all 1000 participants of the conference.  This will be paid from the undistributed funds.  And it is one of the new distribution methods.

3. I will speak at Altcoin Meetup in Zurich on February 2.  The meetup is organized by Bitcoin Association of Switzerland.
12  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 13, 2018, 11:45:50 AM
Version 2.1 released: https://github.com/byteball/byteball/releases

* Added ability to send all public assets as textcoins.  Previously it was available only for bytes.
* Added ability to remove the sent textcoins from the wallet, which allows to create paper wallets for cold storage.  The paper wallet is just the 12 words of the textcoin.  After writing it down (and optionally printing as QR code using any QR code generator), you delete the textcoin from the wallet to protect it from online threats.  Later, you can get this money back online by using Claim link on the Receive tab of the wallet and typing the 12 words.  If you don't plan to spend 90% of your balance in the near future, this is a way to keep it safer.
* Added dollar amounts in the texts that come with textcoins.  Those who receive textcoins via email, will have a better idea how much they received.
* Added dollar amounts in the display of wallet balances, transaction history, and fees.  The fees are particularly important.  I saw many people trying to get the dollar value of Byteball fees and almost always they were 2 or 3 zeros off.  The rates are updated from Bittrex and Freebe every 5 minutes.  Hub operators, please update your hubs.
* Fixed the remaining crashes in full wallets


Another small but important update: when a textcoin link is clicked on Android which doesn't have Byteball app installed yet, the user will be automatically redirected to our app on Google Play and the textcoin will be passed on to Google Play, then to the newly installed app, and claimed immediately after the wallet is created.  Which is a very smooth process for new users.

You are silently doing something great and I do hope you will get what you deserve for your work and committment to this project.
I am using the Byteball app with some friends where we chat together, bet together, share expenses together and that feels so great. I can't do the same with any other coin!
Thanks tony

Glad to hear!  Could you tell us more about this?  These real life stories are the most authentic marketing I can imagine.
13  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 13, 2018, 11:19:33 AM
I also like a lot the new wallet showing dollar values of GB and assets,will it be possible in future to also add Euros(and eventually other FIAT currencies)?
Multicurrency Values of GB was a good option for the future. I think that is possible, Tonych can use the Coinmarketcap API instead the Bittrex API. I hope he like your Idea... 

It will be possible.  Not a huge priority at the moment though.
14  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 10, 2018, 04:55:16 PM
Version 2.1 released: https://github.com/byteball/byteball/releases

* Added ability to send all public assets as textcoins.  Previously it was available only for bytes.
* Added ability to remove the sent textcoins from the wallet, which allows to create paper wallets for cold storage.  The paper wallet is just the 12 words of the textcoin.  After writing it down (and optionally printing as QR code using any QR code generator), you delete the textcoin from the wallet to protect it from online threats.  Later, you can get this money back online by using Claim link on the Receive tab of the wallet and typing the 12 words.  If you don't plan to spend 90% of your balance in the near future, this is a way to keep it safer.
* Added dollar amounts in the texts that come with textcoins.  Those who receive textcoins via email, will have a better idea how much they received.
* Added dollar amounts in the display of wallet balances, transaction history, and fees.  The fees are particularly important.  I saw many people trying to get the dollar value of Byteball fees and almost always they were 2 or 3 zeros off.  The rates are updated from Bittrex and Freebe every 5 minutes.  Hub operators, please update your hubs.
* Fixed the remaining crashes in full wallets


Another small but important update: when a textcoin link is clicked on Android which doesn't have Byteball app installed yet, the user will be automatically redirected to our app on Google Play and the textcoin will be passed on to Google Play, then to the newly installed app, and claimed immediately after the wallet is created.  Which is a very smooth process for new users.
15  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: GET 5,000,000 BYTEBALL FOR FREE on: January 10, 2018, 12:54:20 AM
Guys!

I have built a BYTEBALL VIDEO FAUCET and I am giving away until END OF 2017 for FREE 5,000,000 bytes for every new Byteball user:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up5mWozjHhI

This is also a perfect tool to support the growth of Byteball community (and Byteball PRICE!)
Please help me with that!

You can also get free byteball, but even more important:
YOU CAN RAISE THE VALUE OF YOUR BYTEBALL ASSETS by spreading the news about the faucet.
The more users own and transact in Byteball, the more valuable Byteball becomes and it's price rises.
Until now, roughly 500 new users created byteball wallets and joined our community through this campaign.
This is a good way to also reach mainstream adoption of byteball.

So help me promote Byteball and increase your net worth at the same time!

But hurry up! The campaign runs until December 31 only.

Just share the video link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up5mWozjHhI
with on your Social Media channels with some nice comments like:
"Become a Byteball Millionaire"
"Get 5,000,000 Byteball for free"
or
"First Byteball Faucet"
"Get free Byteball from the Byteball Video Faucet"

You could also post the screenshot of your wallet with the funds you've received like this guy did:
https://twitter.com/benjamim/status/946325369963114496

Thanx so much for making this community great! Let's make things happen!

What do you think of this initiative?

Many thanks Rafael!  This video and your Polish video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1vQPqypKRo brought us about 2000 new users!

And made Poland a bright sport on our map.  This is Android installs:



Each user received 5 MB and the total cost of this promotion was about 10 GB.
It was initially paid from the community fund but since it is obviously a way to distribute coins (an unplanned one), the community fund will be refilled for these 10 GB from the undistributed funds.
16  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 08, 2018, 08:22:21 PM
How to mass send textcoins using MailChimp https://medium.com/byteball-help/using-mailchimp-to-mass-send-payments-as-textcoins-5c1db06342e3

17  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 07, 2018, 07:33:56 PM
Now we have the first name registry recognized by the main hub.

The registry is operated by Peter Miklos (@pmiklos on slack) who also runs Byteball Asset manager at https://byteball.market/ and a similar bot.

This is the registration policy https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQnpiwTipnBgrhSJcELOYYAOa3mTLZbmLmOebbtHFJFrfgHtlsNNZ9MPEGafvtuTnVAyfWukwu_hYSB/pub

One of its recent registration records: https://explorer.byteball.org/#IYeNVOvVeP8X9hDx3LgPu48MCTVbeo8S/NJM0vIAY14=

Once a name is registered, it becomes visible  in the wallets updated to a recent version.

Contact Peter on slack to assign human readable names to your assets.
18  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 07, 2018, 07:19:30 PM
I can assist with an Norwegian translation if needed.

Added Norwegian https://crowdin.com/project/byteball-web/no#
19  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 07, 2018, 07:18:25 PM
Hi Tonych,

If you add Serbian language, I can do the translation. Serbian is similar to Croatian, Bosnian and Montenegrin (in the way Austrian German is similar to Bavarian German, for example), so that should cover those countries too, until a proper translation is done by someone...

I'm confused, which Serbian should I add?



To make things simpler, I suggest you go with Serbian (Latin).

Serbian (Cyrillic) is mostly used in Serbia, so Latin is of greater use to people in Croatia and Bosnia, I guess, while still perfectly understandable by Serbians and Montenegrin. Also, Serbo-Croatian (or Croato-Serbian) is officially no more, so I would avoid it, not to spark political debates. If we use Serbian (Latin) now, everyone in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia would understand it and you can add Croatian, Montenegrin and Bosnian later, when/if translated.

Personally, I don't mind either way and changing a text from Latin to Cyrillic is literally just one click.

Added Serbian Latin
20  Alternate cryptocurrencies / Announcements (Altcoins) / Re: BYTEBALL: Totally new consensus algorithm + private untraceable payments on: January 07, 2018, 12:03:03 AM
Our ICO bot now supports BTC and ETH (meaning you can pay in BTC or ETH to buy a token issued on Byteball platform).

https://github.com/byteball/ico-bot

Now, almost all pieces are in place to become an ICO platform.
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