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June 02, 2011, 12:09:07 PM
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I've built myB.TC, and am looking for some gentle testers and some feedback.



              myB.TC  -  A bit.ly type service for your wallet ID

Concept:

Each user can set up their own web page, accessible from a tiny URL of your choice (a short name), that lets you store your wallet ID on the net.  That way, when your drinking buddy says "I'll pay you for that last round in Bitcoin", you don't have to rattle off a 34-character Bitcoin address.  Instead, you can direct him to your personal webpage that holds your wallet ID.  "OK, my Bitcoin shortname is jerfelix."

The User pages look like this:   myB.TC/jerfelix

You, the user, can maintain your public page.  You can put a unique phrase on that page, like "I'm John Smith, the car enthusiast from St. Louis".  That way, when people look you up, they can have some reassurance that they got the CORRECT John Smith.

Later, if you want to update your public wallet ID, you simply log in, and make a change. 

In fact, you can use multiple short names.  If you want myB.TC/GiftForTheBoss, you can reserve that one, and direct your co-workers to pay you through that, as you collect money for the Boss's birthday gift.

New Convention Proposal:

In addition, I'm proposing a new convention.  Instead of including your wallet ID in your signature, I propose we begin using the convention ฿shortname or B/shortname.   What do you think of, when you see "@name"?   Twitter, right?  Well, with ฿shortname or B/shortname, let's get people to think Bitcoin.  And more specifically, that you can be found in the Bitcoin directory myB.TC, under that shortname.

I'm proposing that you use this convention across the net, in forums and on web pages.  What do you think?


So, I'm ฿jerfelix (alternately B/jerfelix, for the unicode-impaired) and you can see my page at  myB.TC/jerfelix


Reserved Names:

I took the liberty of reserving people's forum names, so that you can claim your name.  This was a little tricky.  I thought it would be nice for people to be able to grab the name that they use in the Bitcoin Forum, and the only way I could think of to confirm that you are who you say you are, was to have you post some specific text in any forum message, and then tell the software the URL where it can be found.  So try to claim your forum name as a shortname.  You can post your claim text in ANY message - preferably a witty message that you were going to type anyway.  I am a little hesitant about "spamming the forum", so hopefully people will keep their claiming messages all in one thread.  If this gets to be obnoxious, I'll turn it off.

I doubt that I got the claiming part of the software working exactly right, so gentle testing is encouraged!  (This was very hard for me to test without spamming the forums!)

Note, I made some names unavailable.  If your forum name doesn't meet my shortname criteria (because it contains illegal characters based on what's permitted in URLs, or because it's under 4 characters, or if it's a collision with some famous name (like walmart)), then this feature may not work for you.  I did extend some shorter names with underscore.  So if your forum name is ab, it would be ab__ (that is, 4 character minimum for now).  If your forum name is walmart, tough luck - pick a different one.


Bounty Hunter:

myB.TC was developed in response to the 200 BTC bounty posed at http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=1429.msg145713#msg145713  .  Unfortunately, just prior to me publishing the site, the bounty was lowered by 95% to 5 BTC.  Needless to say I was bummed.  But I reworked the site to allow people to buy shortnames for a nominal fee, and to claim their own forum name. 

So, if you like the site, I won't complain if you help to make up that 195 BTC discrepancy!!   remember, I'm at ฿jerfelix and you can see my page at  myB.TC/jerfelix - (the old fashioned way is for me to post 1BZbpx7wHAUcBgzAtH4KeogTmtgUrq5Nkk ). 
~Ain't to proud to beg, sweet darling ~

Please check it out, and let me know what you think.  Be gentle.  Ideas, comments, enhancement requests, and bug reports are ALL very welcome!  Is there anything else out there like this?

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June 02, 2011, 01:02:49 PM
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Looks great! Now let me try this:
I claim http://myB.TC/nieldlr (code=96900)

Word.

Edit: Claim didn't work?

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June 02, 2011, 01:14:00 PM
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Looks great! Now let me try this:
I claim http://myB.TC/nieldlr (code=96900)

Word.

Edit: Claim didn't work?

Rats.
OK I manually claimed it for you.    
I'll take a look at what happened.

Edit:  Looks like it might have been a case issue.  I've made a correction to the claim software, so we'll see if auto-claims work now.  So far, we're 0 for 1.
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June 02, 2011, 01:37:00 PM
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I claim http://myB.TC/dayfall (code=40384)

Edit: This didn't work either.
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June 02, 2011, 01:45:28 PM
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I claim http://myB.TC/dayfall (code=40384)

Edit: This didn't work either.

Thanks for trying.  I manually set you up.
Checking for the bug.

Testing:  I claim http://myB.TC/jerfelix (code=18654)
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June 02, 2011, 01:56:19 PM
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Thanks for claiming it for me. I was just wondering. Is it possible to change the background colour? That yellow is very very bright. Smiley

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June 02, 2011, 02:00:48 PM
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Note: This is in no way intended to be accusing or rude to the inventor of this awesome site.

Just a word of caution though in case no-one else thought of it: Site owner could easily randomly swap out addresses for one of his own, say every 100 views, and collect that beer money for himself.

Having said that, I'm gonna get myself a URL... thanks!

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June 02, 2011, 02:15:46 PM
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Note: This is in no way intended to be accusing or rude to the inventor of this awesome site.

Just a word of caution though in case no-one else thought of it: Site owner could easily randomly swap out addresses for one of his own, say every 100 views, and collect that beer money for himself.

Having said that, I'm gonna get myself a URL... thanks!


Hmm, good point. Didn't think of that. I'm willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt here though.

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June 02, 2011, 02:17:16 PM
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Hmm, good point. Didn't think of that. I'm willing to give the man the benefit of the doubt here though.

Oh, me too.

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June 02, 2011, 02:35:08 PM
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Note: This is in no way intended to be accusing or rude to the inventor of this awesome site.

Just a word of caution though in case no-one else thought of it: Site owner could easily randomly swap out addresses for one of his own, say every 100 views, and collect that beer money for himself.

Having said that, I'm gonna get myself a URL... thanks!


rats, yer onto me!

Seriously, I know I can trust myself - I feel pretty good about that.  I just have to build the trust of others.
I fully intend for this site to be a long-term strategic asset, and I have done a lot of things to try to build trust.  For instance, you know my name, I haven't made the domain registration private, so you effectively know how to reach me. 

I know we're dealing with money here, and so it's a serious matter.

My concern is not trust of me, but that someone else will hack in and change the wallet ID's of users.  So I have some security features planned (like an email notification and 2-factor authentication for locked accounts).  It wouldn't stop someone who hacks the database, but it would stop someone from hacking at your end.


I'm glad you pointed that out, though, because you can never be too careful.  Think like a criminal!  It'll help you spot vulnerabilities.
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June 02, 2011, 02:37:41 PM
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Thanks for claiming it for me. I was just wondering. Is it possible to change the background colour? That yellow is very very bright. Smiley

Color changes, home page customizations, images... all are in future releases!

right now, I just use color= "yellow", pink (for available), and gray (for reserved).  But these will be customizable.   I believe that color will be another distinctive identifier of your page.  ("Mom, if you see a yellow page, that's not me.  spell my nickname right!")



Thanks for the suggestion!


PS, I'm having a heck of a time getting this "claim" thing to work!  Sorry I have been mucking with it in real time!
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June 02, 2011, 02:38:11 PM
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I claim http://myB.TC/fadisaaida (code=70571)

Did not work got this error:

Claim is NOT verified. Looked for "I claim <a href="http://myB.TC/fadisaaida" target="_blank">http://myB.TC/fadisaaida</a> (code=70571)" matches=0

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June 02, 2011, 02:44:02 PM
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Idea for future protection: adding the ability to upload a picture (avatar) so that i can make picture of my face for example and embed the bitcoin address on the picture itself for easy matching of correct code and also recognizing ! something to think about anyway.

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June 02, 2011, 03:02:46 PM
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@fadisaaida: The attributes in the HTML seem to be swapped:

Code:
<a target="_blank" href="http://myB.TC/fadisaaida">http://myB.TC/fadisaaida</a>

I claim http://myB.TC/bgeron (code=78142).

Edit: my registration passed! Strange.

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June 02, 2011, 03:10:33 PM
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I claim http://myB.TC/fadisaaida (code=70571)

Did not work got this error:

Claim is NOT verified. Looked for "I claim <a href="http://myB.TC/fadisaaida" target="_blank">http://myB.TC/fadisaaida</a> (code=70571)" matches=0


Thanks.   I claimed it manually for you.

I might have this figured out!
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June 02, 2011, 03:11:11 PM
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@fadisaaida: The attributes in the HTML seem to be swapped:

Code:
<a target="_blank" href="http://myB.TC/fadisaaida">http://myB.TC/fadisaaida</a>

I claim http://myB.TC/bgeron (code=78142).



It looks like, in the database, yours was able to claim!
Let me know if this didn't work for you.
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June 02, 2011, 07:14:57 PM
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Thanks for claiming it for me. I was just wondering. Is it possible to change the background colour? That yellow is very very bright. Smiley

OK, I toned down the Yellow.

See myB.TC/jerfelix

Any other suggestions or bug reports?
Thanks for the testing, folks!


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June 02, 2011, 07:18:47 PM
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Thanks for claiming it for me. I was just wondering. Is it possible to change the background colour? That yellow is very very bright. Smiley

OK, I toned down the Yellow.

See myB.TC/jerfelix

Any other suggestions or bug reports?
Thanks for the testing, folks!


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Got a very valuable suggestion for you : CHANGE YOUR SIGNATURE Tongue

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June 02, 2011, 07:31:49 PM
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Got a very valuable suggestion for you : CHANGE YOUR SIGNATURE Tongue
Fantastic suggestion!    Now, if there was only some directory that I could look you up in, to shoot you some Bitcoin for such a valuable suggestion... ahhh THERE IS!   Cheesy   

For that suggestion, I'm gonna refund every Bitcoin you paid me to date!   
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June 02, 2011, 07:36:49 PM
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what you think about the Photo suggestion from previous post ? i mean u stated that you most fear is that if u get attacked or hacked, this might give you time to react since even if he gets the database and change the addresses, changing the pictures will take him time and you might have a window to detect the intrusion !

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