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Question: How should the Custom Hardware Subforum be organized?
Move Group-Buys to Marketplace - 16 (28.6%)
Move BFL/Avalon/ASICMiner threads into their own separate categories - 12 (21.4%)
Split into Dev / Group-buy / Discussion - 22 (39.3%)
It's fine the way it is, leave the mods alone - 2 (3.6%)
I have another solution, posted in the comments below - 4 (7.1%)
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June 18, 2013, 07:44:17 AM
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Why not widen group buys to mining BST?
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June 18, 2013, 02:55:21 PM
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Sounds good, I'm still thinking about whether we need a mining marketplace forum to separate that stuff out. I'd rather see actual discussion about hardware, and not companies advertising, like the difference between services and service discussion.  Using the current marketplace works, but that stuff is very specific and probably isn't interesting to the rest of the forum. Computer hardware is already flooded with asic/FPGA stuff.

I agree there almost needs to be some form of a "mining marketplace", even though what those companies and group buys are doing isn't really "marketing". They are just providing specifics on how their board layouts are going to be, who who is coordinating the group buys. These discussions often get too technical for "marketplace" but too spammy for "Custom Hardware".

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June 18, 2013, 04:41:12 PM
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I'll just create a Group Buys section for now.

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June 18, 2013, 05:28:10 PM
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I'll just create a Group Buys section for now.

That works, will at least make it readable so we can evaluate it better. I moved most of them, left some redirects so people will notice.

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June 19, 2013, 04:19:57 AM
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Thank you guys!!!!

We can now discuss custom hardware options without the clutter of group buys for them... perfect.

Thanks again!  Smiley
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June 22, 2013, 09:02:27 AM
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Sorry I had missed this discussion, Here's my view on it.

Sort by chip producer.

The many BFL chips integrator
The many Avalon chips integrator
ASICMINER
... To come.
......


Given how important mining is to the bitcoin ecosystem, how hard of a task it is to produce ASIC chips and how much discussion is being generated by each of them I think the community could only benefits from allowing company specific boards.

Requirements :
  • Being requested by company owner
  • Produce own chips
  • Proven working devices

Benefits vs creating own website :
  • Clean the parent /Custom hardware/ sub, making place for new development
  • Benefits from bitcointalk's reputation system.
  • Lower barrier of entry for customer support.
(not all business have the resources available to run a safe and functional forum)

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December 02, 2013, 07:57:43 AM
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Its pretty hard to see the topics that are actually talking about the hardware. There are plenty of group buys.
My opinion would be to split the Hardware section and rearrange like this (I think it would be the easiest way of doing it) :
|--Mining
      |--Computer Hardware (CPU, GPU, Rig ....)
      |--Custom Hardware (FPGA, ASIC, ...)
                 |--Group-Buy, Services


It would be a hassle but it would be nice to have something like this :
|--Mining
      |--Computer Hardware (CPU, GPU, Rig ....)
      |--Custom Hardware (FPGA, ASIC, ...)
                 |--AsicMiner
                 |--Avalon
                 |--BFL
                 |--KNCMiner
                 |--Group-Buy, Services

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