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1  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: Amagi Metals - Largest Selection of Gold & Silver for Bitcoins on: March 25, 2013, 11:58:10 PM
Silver bars just arrived today, a day ahead of USPS' original estimate. Bars are beautiful and in great condition. I definitely plan on buying from Amagi again! Smiley
2  Bitcoin / Press / 2013-03-25 CNN: 'Funny money' has officially entered the real world on: March 25, 2013, 09:56:24 PM
From CNN:

Last week, new U.S. government rules regulating online currencies affirmed the value of what was previously passed off as funny money. Now companies that issue or exchange online cash would have new bookkeeping requirements. For instance, transactions of more than $10,000 would have to be reported.

While one of the big draws of virtual currencies is that they're independent and generally sheltered from the government's watch, the new rules are unlikely to ruin their allure. If anything, they effectively pull the currencies offline and into the mainstream world of finance, making them infinitely more valuable.


One thing is almost certain, though: It will regulate Bitcoin, the fastest-growing online currency. Launched in 2009, the online currency works almost like real money. It can be used to buy anything from upgrades on Reddit to pizza. And as Cyrus Sanati reported in December, it's increasingly used to conduct all sorts of shady business, making the anonymous sale and purchase of everything from drugs to guns possible.

More specifically, the new regulations come at the urging of federal authorities. In April 2011, the FBI recommended that third-party exchanges of Bitcoins be forced to follow the same anti-money laundering rules that banks are supposed to follow.

Full article:
3  Other / Meta / Re: This forum is infested with scammers on: March 15, 2013, 07:02:45 PM
Honestly we'd rather remove the newbie restrictions, rather than make them tighter just to solve a problem that can't be solved. No matter what we do to make an account hard to get to the lending section, they'll just do it a dozen accounts at a time. Just look at the guy I was responding to. He sent 500 dollars to someone with 13 posts and a month on his account. What kind of restrictions can we place that wouldn't burden normal users too badly, yet cause someone to not want to make that kind of easy money?

In the immortal words of Ron White: you can't fix stupid. You're absolutely right: some people are just going to make terrible decisions like that, and we can't help them.

But we can make it more difficult for that scammer to claim another victim, and we can make it so members have less excuses when falling for obvious scams. I think both of these things can be done without a heavy burden on the community.

I think the simplest idea (which is also in my topic) would be putting a post requirement to access the lending subforum, which is where most of our scams originate. Putting a 150 post count requirement would increase the amount of time needed for a scammer to place his trap in that section. It would also give both scammers and legitimate members a larger pool of posts for potentials lenders to review before committing to a deal. If the scammer simply fills up his count with off-topic or short, pointless messages, a smart lender will think twice before parting with his money. Members who give their money away without doing their own research will have less of an excuse when they cry foul: 13 posts are hard to judge, but 150 will give you a good idea. Since the restriction would only affect that subforum, it would place no burden on newly registered members.

Hand-in-hand with that idea, or alternatively to it, would be placing a time restriction on the lending forum: accounts that are not older than, say, three months are not allowed to post there.

Both of those ideas would increase the time it would take a scammer to place a topic and get a victim. If he has to go through that wait for every account he creates, the "reward" he gets may not be worth the time he could have spent elsewhere. The scammer could always increase his target amount, but high-dollar scams are less likely to claim victims (especially if, with the posting requirement, the scammer has mostly useless posts).

Like you said: that scam is easy money. Quick changes like those can make it hard money. Scammers usually don't want hard money.

My topic also mentions possible changes to the newbie requirements that could help, but the balance would need to be in making reasonable restrictions that help prevent scams without burdening the community.

EDIT: Another good thing, I think, about these changes is how simple it would be to implement them. I've never been the admin of a forum, but I would think it'd be something like changing a setting on the forum control panel. It would, at the least, result in less work for theymos and the mods to take care of.
4  Other / Meta / Re: This forum is infested with scammers on: March 15, 2013, 06:21:35 PM
What kind of deterrent would you suggest? What do you think will stop predators like this?

You make an excellent point in your entire post: nothing will completely stop scammers 100%. But I think that the amount of scammers can be cut down considerably, or at least a good amount in relation to the little effort it would take.

I believe the same thing you do: a lot of our scammers can/will/do simply create new accounts and try again. Changing the newbie restrictions a bit would take very little effort and would make the process of getting a scam out there more difficult. It won't stop scams, but I think it would help prevent them. Scammers would likely have to go for bigger scams to make the reward worth the effort, and bigger scams would probably have fewer takers.

If it works? Less scams for a change that could probably be done in a handful of minutes, which means less work for theymos.
If it doesn't work? It still slows down the scams even if it doesn't reduce the total amount, which would also mean less (frequent) work for theymos.

Yeah, I've been thinking about that lately. I've been getting really sick of dealing with scammer cases. It probably takes up a third of my admin time, and despite being nearly useless, it's always controversial.

To me it's less about "more scammer tags" and more about deterring the scammers. You (understandably) don't have the time to monitor every single scam topic, so the goal should be reducing the amount or frequency of the scams that cause them.
5  Other / Meta / Re: This forum is infested with scammers on: March 15, 2013, 04:15:03 AM
I posted a topic about that here over a month ago, but never got any kind of official response.
6  Other / Off-topic / Re: I resigned from my job on Friday ... on: March 12, 2013, 02:23:59 AM
Kudos to you! Sounds like an exciting year ahead of you! Sounds like the dream, no? Start your own company from the ground up and pursue it full time. Mucho respeto! Wink
7  Other / Off-topic / Re: Anyone want to help me find a gif? (from Simpsons episode I Am Furious (Yellow)) on: March 12, 2013, 02:12:42 AM
Something like this do ya?

I kept the frames to a minimum to make it loop.

Now someone change the stocks to dollar bills...

Perfect! Thanks a ton!  Grin
8  Other / Off-topic / Re: Anyone want to help me find a gif? (from Simpsons episode I Am Furious (Yellow)) on: March 12, 2013, 12:55:36 AM
The toilets do seem to hint at possible toilet paper activity in the future... I think you're on to something there.
9  Other / Off-topic / Anyone want to help me find a gif? (from Simpsons episode I Am Furious (Yellow)) on: March 11, 2013, 10:59:29 PM
I've been trying to find a gif of the scene in the Simpsons' episode "I Am Furious (Yellow)" of Bart grabbing stock from a toilet paper roll. It's at 0:15 of this video:

I'm beginning to think that one doesn't exist of that part, which is a shame. If someone is willing to donate their time to make one, I'd really appreciate it (I have no idea how to make gifs).

Thanks! Smiley
10  Other / Politics & Society / Re: What do you guys think of on: March 11, 2013, 09:31:16 PM
It is ironic, that some of the value of bitcoin, besides of its functions, comes also from planned scarcity, due to the 21 mio coins limit. Smiley

Well yeah, but with the eight decimal places it ends up being 2.1 quadrillion, right? I wouldn't worry about a lack of supply. Wink

As for Defcad, the first thing I thought of when I saw the name was "Defcad For Cutie?" Not sure why.
11  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: BitInstant loses $12,000 in digital heist on: March 10, 2013, 11:56:33 PM
Well, it's a vast improvement from the good old days where only 10k+ Bitcoins were considered a 'heist'.
ditto, what is the amount of BTC from this "heist"?

$12,000 worth of BTC... probably around 250 or so?
12  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Scammer Trade Fortress on: March 10, 2013, 11:52:27 PM
The only thread I know of for forum rules is this one regarding moderation policy:
The list is more or less contains general guidelines, not all-inclusive rules. There's also a topic in the Meta section about off-topic replying. You'd probably have to ask theymos or a moderator for the specific details of your temporary ban.

Back on topic. I think I've mentioned this before, but I believe it still applies: it's not a scam even if your claim is true. What happened to you is that you paid TF for a website and he delivered a site that you're not happy with and that you claim was poorly designed. It's a case of buyer beware to me. You're well within your rights to give him a negative review if you're unhappy with his work (which you've already done), but claiming that he stole your money doesn't fit the situation.

If you had paid TF to design a website and he ran off with your money, then you'd have a good claim to label him a scammer.
13  Bitcoin / Press / Re: 2013-03-10 ZeroHedge: The Demographics of Bitcoin on: March 10, 2013, 09:25:24 PM
Was this the survey posted a few weeks back in the newbie section (I think it was there)? I remember taking one with the guy saying he'd have the results soon. Very cool information. Smiley
14  Economy / Lending / Re: [EDU] How to spot a scammer (Read this before lending your coins!) on: March 09, 2013, 01:45:32 AM
I'd like to propose "Stealing/Copying another user's avatar" as a red flag as well.  I've been noticing that quite a bit.


I don't have seen this once.

Unless you mean the forums standard avatars? This can hardly be counted as stealing.

Ah, thanks for the info.  I'm sure that's what I've been seeing.  My account is so new, I haven't even seen the pool of default avatars yet.

Pardon my ignorance.    Embarrassed

It's all good. I had thought the same thing when I had my first account here. Wink
15  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: Amagi Metals - Largest Selection of Gold & Silver for Bitcoins on: March 08, 2013, 05:34:57 PM
Just ordered some 1oz silver bars from Amagi Metals. Good pricing, and paying with BTC was very easy. I'll update this post with further info once they've shipped/arrived. Smiley
16  Economy / Scam Accusations / Re: Scammer Trade Fortress on: March 08, 2013, 04:27:50 PM
Shit I can't have my dad review the code for this page. I will get another programmer to review it. I will let the forum know what they say, but I really only trust what my dad says.

"My dad is too busy to review the code". That's what did it for me. How about you guys at home?

Yup, that was the line.
17  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Technical Support / Double spend problem? [solved] on: March 08, 2013, 12:28:03 AM
Got an answer. Thanks!
18  Economy / Services / Re: Bookkeeping services available on: March 07, 2013, 03:04:10 PM
Glad to hear it. And I do apologize to you and anyone offended by my comment yesterday. It was a poor joke.
19  Other / Politics & Society / Re: Red State: "Attack Bitcoin and you attack the core of the problem." on: March 07, 2013, 06:25:57 AM
There are a lot of things wrong with what I just read there... it's a bit astounding, really.
20  Economy / Services / Re: Bookkeeping services available on: March 07, 2013, 06:06:37 AM
Do you have any relevant qualifications for this?  For instance, are you a licensed CPA?

I have an AAS in Accounting and I work in an accounting office as an employee of business services. It's already what I do for a living. I'm currently working on my four year degree in accounting as well.

I suggest you use the notify feature so you can reply to request like the one above in a timely manner...

Been busy with work. Tax season is hectic, and I didn't think to check this thread.

Instead of posting stuff like :
Hell, go down to $1 I say. Gives me a chance to buy in cheap, lol!

A man can dream, no?
A 22yo man can dream that a bitcoin business owner cannot find someone of trust who can use Excel in it's vicinity.

Nice try.

I use accounting software, not Excel. And I usually work with small business owners and startups who want someone with knowledge, not just a trusted friend. If Bitcoin businesses are happy with their record keeping or want to use someone close to home, that's great! But online bookkeepers are not uncommon. Wink

And hey, who wouldn't like to buy BTC for $1 each? I can dream of a lot of things. Sorry to make you hostel over such a comment. Tongue

EDIT: You made a fair point about not getting back to that inquiry quickly, so I updated the OP to reflect my schedule with tax season.
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