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1  Other / Meta / Re: Bitcointalk Merit Dashboard on: September 21, 2018, 05:51:35 PM
Please could you split the "newbies" into true newbies and the spambies - the deranked ones. There seems to have been a flurry of activity and whingeing by the namby spambies, and it might be interesting to see who has abused their merit awarding ability by encouraging them.
2  Other / Ivory Tower / Re: Will Russia create a new European Union? on: September 21, 2018, 05:40:14 PM
Russia is not the same country now.

Britain has the British Empire, and that has morphed into the Eton/Oxford deep state. Global dynamics see many power shifts and changed associatiins.
3  Other / Meta / Re: [TOP-200] Members who support newbies - Thanks! on: September 21, 2018, 05:36:43 PM
So, nice of you people that you are helping those newbies who lost their position of jr. member after some changes.Thanks

Please don't call them newbies - they aren't new at all.
4  Other / Meta / Re: [TOP-200] Members who support newbies - Thanks! on: September 21, 2018, 05:07:58 PM
How to being categorized as member that support newbie ?


Do you mean a newbie or a spambie?

To help newbies you need to offer training and advice, and that is more work than just giving merits to spambies to get on a list.
5  Other / Meta / Re: [TOP-200] Members who support newbies - Thanks! on: September 21, 2018, 04:57:00 PM
Welcome to the club. Smiley

I've almost given up hunting for posts that are worthy of merit. I decided that it was better to encourage good members to start good discussions, and use those as a base for meritable posts. I still believe that this is a good approach, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside a bit, especially as many of the potential awardees can't be bothered to join.

I'm also a bit pissed off that the guys awarding merits to the spambies are being lauded as supporters of newbies. Actually the reverse is true, and they make it harder for good new members to find a place here. I think it is time for the bifurcation of Bitcoin Talk, and the spambies can continue in the underworld, and allow the regrowth of the real Bitcoin Talk to begin.
6  Other / Meta / Re: Flaws In The Merit System. on: September 21, 2018, 01:48:28 PM
A better solution would be to remove the alt, ANN and TwitBook threads from the discussion board.
7  Other / Meta / Re: Should new members be allowed to post URLs? on: September 21, 2018, 01:45:48 PM
The real problem is that spammers and scammers go round the web looking for places to pollute. If you start a forum, you will realise the extent of the problem. They will even find you if you don't post any links to the forum. They dump their spammy links into guest books and forum posts. It is unfortunate, but you have to treat all new members as potential abusers. Once they give an indcation that they may be beneficial members, then you can relax the restrictions.
8  Other / Meta / Re: A Copper membership needs signature reductions on: September 21, 2018, 12:33:36 PM
Can we change the phrase "earn a single merit" into "obtain a single merit". This seems to be more relevant in the new Bitcoin Talk forum.
9  Other / Meta / Re: [TOP-200] Members who support newbies - Thanks! on: September 21, 2018, 12:26:58 PM
I think it's getting close to the time Bitcoin Talk allows a bifurcation. Let the underworld go down one fork, and the Bitcoin/Crypto discussions happen on the other.
10  Other / Meta / Re: [TOP-200] Members who support newbies - Thanks! on: September 21, 2018, 12:04:26 PM
He posted that he is now a source.
11  Other / Meta / Re: Can I hide my email addresses? on: September 21, 2018, 12:01:29 PM
It isn't privacy that is the problem. It's the spammers that I find the biggest annoyance. In fact I've installed a couple of ticket systems to reduce this.
12  Other / Meta / Should new members be allowed to post URLs? on: September 21, 2018, 11:42:05 AM
This post by azhar7777 made me reflect on this.
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=4976339.msg45979485#msg45979485

This will probably be the new trends following sig restrictions.
13  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Newbies, worry not and widen your horizon on: September 21, 2018, 11:35:04 AM

if you have a tip for newbie. It is better that you should improve your rankings first.

Please follow you own advice, and read the posting guidelines. One of the major annoyances is the redundant quoting of orignal posts, especially in the second post. Please have some consideration for the merit sources who have to read these threads, and who don't want to wade through a sea of replication. Making these quotes often leads to your post being skipped anyway, so if you are posting for merits, then it is counter productive. It can also mean that you may be considered to be a "spambie" rather than a newbie.
14  Other / Meta / Re: MY VIEW ON THE ADVANTAGES OF MERIT TO THE FORUM. on: September 21, 2018, 10:04:20 AM

I think that's a very improper way to speak to people. There are better ways to air your view or better still give advices than 'Please fuck off'. Enjoy being at the top.

OK - how about this.

I've rated you as a "spambie". Initially because you have a lot of posts, and no merits. So why haven't you got any merits?

The first thing is the use of all caps in the thread title. You may think that it makes your thread look important, but what it really says is " I haven't got much to say that is of use, so I'm going to shout it out". Opening the thread presented me with a great wall of text, and the initial few lines were just gratuitous comments that are similar to the preample to most merit pseudo-begging threads, so I didn't bother to read the rest.

I think this may be the sentiment behind TMAN's comment.

Dammit - I've just noticed that this is my 5,000th post. I could have marked that milestone with something a bit more memorable. Smiley
15  Other / Meta / Re: Fathers account was banned (70 year old) can I please know what the did? on: September 21, 2018, 09:51:36 AM

That's what he's obviously going for. It won't work.

Dammit - I keep trying to think of something that I can claim due to age and imagined frailty. Smiley
16  Other / Meta / Re: Latest drivel on bitcoin.com about bitcointalk.org on: September 21, 2018, 09:31:00 AM
I've had threads moved, but I'm not sure I consider that as censorship, as they are still on view to the public. I've also had posts deleted because a mod doesn't understand English humour, but I attribute that to mod frailty rather than censorship.

The only place where there does seem to be censorship is in the mining section. New miners aren't allowed to post there it seems, and you have to be an established miner using proven techniques. When I wanted some mining information, I was forced to ask questions on other forums. My threads as a mining newbie were deleted.
17  Other / Meta / Re: Hyperlink not working or is it just me? on: September 21, 2018, 09:03:49 AM
I'm having several problems following a recent Windows update. So much so that it's firming my resolve to get rid of it on this machine.
18  Other / Meta / Re: sMerit participants A quick follow-up after the changes Advance -Good so far on: September 21, 2018, 09:01:38 AM
There are now two classes of "newbie" - "spambies" and new members. I'd be interested in seeing if there is a difference in merit awards to these two categories.
19  Other / Meta / Re: Hyperlink not working or is it just me? on: September 21, 2018, 08:44:58 AM
It creates the url tags for me. Is that what you meant?
20  Other / Beginners & Help / Re: Need advice on: September 21, 2018, 08:28:36 AM
A spambie post that shouldn't be on the beginners' board.

Isn't it time that mods moved these trhreads into the underworld here, and then the decent new members could have a chance to discuss things on a beginners' board.
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