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Question: Have you ever used bitcoin for any of the following?
Purchasing psychoactives - 2 (3.3%)
Purchasing other illegal goods - 0 (0%)
Avoiding VAT or similar - 5 (8.2%)
Other illegal activity - 3 (4.9%)
I've never used bitcoin for an illegal purpose - 51 (83.6%)
Total Voters: 56

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June 10, 2011, 07:58:50 AM
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Since bitcoin has gotten known by some as "The anonymous currency for hackers, drug-(ab)users and criminals." I'd like to create a poll on how many actually have a drug/crime-related use of bitcoin.

I don't know what you think of actually creating a poll like this, I guess it could be a bad idea if the results get taken too seriously. Like "5% of bitcoin users do drugs!" or "3% of bitcoin users are criminals. Bitcoin should be made illegal!". For those with sophisticated thinking we know that this poll means nothing, attention gets drawn by the name of the topic. Perhaps only drug-users even read the thread. Well, I will try to come up with a good topic-name so that hopefully doesn't happen.

And then I wonder, am I really the only one interested in this?
I remember a thread in the mining sub-forum where the poll was something like "What is the better use of electricity?" and at least 3 options were available. They were something like "Bitmining", "Growing weed" and "Both". I recall "Both" being the most voted on.

I guess this is not especially strange, no one voted for just "Growing weed" but seriously, this is the bitcoin forum, who would not vote on bitmining?
The thread quickly led into a discussion about what was the most profitable but I don't remember the outcome.
Sadly, I can't find the thread with the search function. Is it possible that the thread could have been deleted?

Anyway, I would really like to have as many people as possible participate in this poll.
I'm probably going to nerd-rage on my F5 when I've pressed post. I really find this interesting!

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If someone notices any faulty grammar in any of my posts, please tell me! I'm from Sweden and Swedish is my main-language but since I barely passed any of my Swedish-classes throughout school and prefer a language globally used I'd rather learn proper English (which classes I've always aced somehow).

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June 10, 2011, 08:01:58 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes

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June 10, 2011, 08:02:54 AM
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I've never used it for an illegal purpose but I'm trying my best to use it for a POSITIVE purpose.
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June 10, 2011, 08:07:48 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought escaping taxes was illegal?

I've never used it for an illegal purpose but I'm trying my best to use it for a POSITIVE purpose.  See my sig.
Well, that seems like the side of bitcoin we would like to promote!
I will check it out Smiley

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June 10, 2011, 08:15:27 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought escaping taxes was illegal?

I've never used it for an illegal purpose but I'm trying my best to use it for a POSITIVE purpose.  See my sig.
Well, that seems like the side of bitcoin we would like to promote!
I will check it out Smiley

Isnt #3 taxes? and avoiding taxes is illegal, at least in the good ol us of a.

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June 10, 2011, 08:25:52 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought escaping taxes was illegal?

I've never used it for an illegal purpose but I'm trying my best to use it for a POSITIVE purpose.  See my sig.
Well, that seems like the side of bitcoin we would like to promote!
I will check it out Smiley

Isnt #3 taxes? and avoiding taxes is illegal, at least in the good ol us of a.
If avoiding taxes is illegal then how can you vote for both 3 and 5? Wink

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June 10, 2011, 08:27:40 AM
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I've only used it to buy bitbrew.
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June 10, 2011, 08:31:51 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes
Correct me if I am wrong but I thought escaping taxes was illegal?

I've never used it for an illegal purpose but I'm trying my best to use it for a POSITIVE purpose.  See my sig.
Well, that seems like the side of bitcoin we would like to promote!
I will check it out Smiley

Isnt #3 taxes? and avoiding taxes is illegal, at least in the good ol us of a.
If avoiding taxes is illegal then how can you vote for both 3 and 5? Wink

Because I do not feel the need to pay politicians to fuck me over

In addition, I have never cashed out a single bitcoin, so I do not know how am I to pay THE MAN.

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June 10, 2011, 09:58:23 AM
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3 and 5, i really doubt people will pay taxes

The moment I cash out Bitcoins I will pay taxes, just like I would pay taxes if I was selling WoW gold. It's an income, and that's something I pay taxes for. It's simply the way people currently do business - just like when you purchase and sell other commodities or services for profit. If I wanted to avoid paying taxes, I'd have to go the long route of creating an off-shore company and off-shore accounts and make sure that I'm not officially the owner ... and have to be super-careful that I don't run into one of the many pitfalls along that path.

Bitcoins wouldn't really help me much with that (anything I could do with Bitcoins, I could also do with an offshore-account - same risks, same benefits).

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