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December 20, 2013, 05:19:44 AM
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Weisoq wrote me:

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This month there are 3 writers earning 46% of all devtome earnings (of ~30 writers). One of them is 120 shares! If your rating method is going to bound between <1 and >1 doesn't the max round share need to be cut. Not just because of the absolute number and absolute equivalent fiat but because the larger shares also serve to undermine all others.

There was a thread discussion on this and nobody seemed to object to something around 30-40, including these writers:
Wiser: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=233997.msg3781834#msg3781834
Matt608: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=233997.msg3782941#msg3782941
Markm: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=233997.msg3782966#msg3782966

Wiser even wrote a previous article on the issue:
http://devtome.com/doku.php?id=on_writing_and_market_forces#capping_the_number_of_shares_per_round

Since the admins want it to be lower, the max words counted has been changed to 50,000, effective in round 31. The code only has a limit for words counted, not total shares. Because the rating can go to 1.5, that means a max payout of 50 x 1.5 = 75 shares per writer. Also the weighting for ratings has been boosted to 60%, the categorization weighting has been increased to 10% and the popularity weighting has been reduced to 30%. The other reason the popularity rating has been reduced is because advertising is cheap and can otherwise boost the popularity so much that it overwhelms the actual quality. I want people to link to their articles and talk about them, because that lasts for a long time, but advertising is a short term popularity boost that skews the earnings. The highest normalized rating of the prolific writers is 1.07, so with a higher rating weighting, the current high earners will have a lower payout.


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December 20, 2013, 07:15:19 AM
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Is this bounty still open?

http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=devcoin_bounty_now#devcoin_usd_chart

The dvc/usd chart.

I've coded up a webserver that gets the averages from a few different places, but I couldn't find a long term history of DVC.

The chart is here: http://dvcusdchart.blisteringdevelopers.com

It's filling up with data as I just reset it after testing, and it'll log and show data indefinitely. If people want more options etc, say what you like and I'll code it in. I'll make a few more tweaks to make it clearer what's what, but it's up and running now in any case.

EDIT: Obviously it looks a bit silly now but that's because data's just started collecting...it should fill out soon enough Smiley
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December 20, 2013, 07:26:04 AM
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Hunterbunter, since this is your first time on the bounty list, please check that your address is correct at:
https://raw.github.com/Unthinkingbit/charity/master/bounty_31.csv

Heya, yep double checked it and it's correct, thanks.


Hello, We are both correct.

Since the hashpower of the whole dvc network varies from time to time, one block is not accurately generated in 10 minutes, sometimes longer and sometimes shorter.
As you use 10 mins as one block time, And I using average time of the older blocks (e.g. 1000 blocks before today) as block time. these two method is both ok, and the result won't be too different, maybe in one or two days.

Hey Emfox, yes I figured you must have, I agree they're both good estimates, I was just wasn't sure if I was working it out wrong Smiley.
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December 20, 2013, 07:32:00 AM
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December 20, 2013, 08:39:27 AM
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I got a reply from Stephen Rowlison from Diamond Circle regarding Devcoin ATM's:

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Diamond Circle would be interested in supporting Devcoin on our ATM and Merchant POS network.
 
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December 20, 2013, 10:34:12 AM
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Lots of great developments going on here!

I'm just finishing up the new Devcoin web site - it will be ready to launch today! I am really excited as I think it looks amazing and I've gotten great feedback so far. Can't wait to show everyone!
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December 20, 2013, 11:21:34 AM
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I think we should try to get DVC on BTC38.com, a chinese altcoin exchange.  I hear there is a fee they require for adding a new coin to their exchange, either we could all chip in to pay it or use bounty funds.  Also we need someone to contact them in Chinese explaining the merits of DVC and finding out how much the fee is.

If the fee is small under 5 bitcoins, we'll definitely go for it, over that we'll see. Someone, please find out what the fee is. Whoever does will get four shares.

Edit: Actually, before I promise that we'll pay a high fee, I'd like to see the volume of their altcoins compared to other exchanges like btc-e.

As a native Chinese speaker, I've contacted admin and support of both btc38.com and bter.com (another big altcoin exchange in China) via QQ, they're still not responding yet. I'll post here with any progress.


Since last time, bter has replied that they woundn't add any coins recently, and btc38 just ignored my request.

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December 20, 2013, 01:25:38 PM
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Is this bounty still open?

http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=devcoin_bounty_now#devcoin_usd_chart

The dvc/usd chart.

I've coded up a webserver that gets the averages from a few different places, but I couldn't find a long term history of DVC.

The chart is here: http://dvcusdchart.blisteringdevelopers.com

It's filling up with data as I just reset it after testing, and it'll log and show data indefinitely. If people want more options etc, say what you like and I'll code it in. I'll make a few more tweaks to make it clearer what's what, but it's up and running now in any case.

EDIT: Obviously it looks a bit silly now but that's because data's just started collecting...it should fill out soon enough Smiley

I have a database of prices if you need it.  It goes back for about only a couple of weeks though

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December 20, 2013, 01:52:55 PM
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How hard would it be for a person to contribute as a writer with no programming skills?  Also, how long before other areas of the arts are supported, such as visual artists or photographers?

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December 20, 2013, 02:35:49 PM
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How hard would it be for a person to contribute as a writer with no programming skills?  Also, how long before other areas of the arts are supported, such as visual artists or photographers?

My only programming skills have sat on the shelf since high school. All you need is a basic literacy in web browsers, and to learn a little bit of wiki markup to make your articles look nice (which is pretty simple, and there are cheat sheets).

http://devtome.com/doku.php?id=wiki:syntax&s[]=syntax
http://devtome.com/doku.php?id=devtome_advanced_syntax&s[]=syntax

While the nitty gritty backstage parts of how devtome works are more immediately comprehensible to people with various programming skills, actually contributing as a writer in no way requires that level of understanding.

I think visual and art and photography face a couple of challenges before being integrated into Devtome: One devtome is still organizing and supporting itself, though apparently its been very consistent in payouts despite that. Also, someone needs to come up with a way to measure the reward for submitting that kind of material. With words it's pretty simple. 1000 words = 1 share, with slight fluctuating by pageviews and an admin review.
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December 20, 2013, 02:40:22 PM
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Giftculturewriting, I sent you 23 devcoins so you can see if Shakezula's version works completely, please post or message me when you receive them. You get one share for your post:


Got them. I also sent some to the address listed on the dvc countdown, and that seemed to go through fine. So did the faucet, for that matter, so I'm not sure how it correlates to the round ending, unless 'round' is being used differently in that context.
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December 20, 2013, 02:46:30 PM
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How hard would it be for a person to contribute as a writer with no programming skills?  Also, how long before other areas of the arts are supported, such as visual artists or photographers?

My only programming skills have sat on the shelf since high school. All you need is a basic literacy in web browsers, and to learn a little bit of wiki markup to make your articles look nice (which is pretty simple, and there are cheat sheets).

http://devtome.com/doku.php?id=wiki:syntax&s[]=syntax
http://devtome.com/doku.php?id=devtome_advanced_syntax&s[]=syntax

While the nitty gritty backstage parts of how devtome works are more immediately comprehensible to people with various programming skills, actually contributing as a writer in no way requires that level of understanding.

I think visual and art and photography face a couple of challenges before being integrated into Devtome: One devtome is still organizing and supporting itself, though apparently its been very consistent in payouts despite that. Also, someone needs to come up with a way to measure the reward for submitting that kind of material. With words it's pretty simple. 1000 words = 1 share, with slight fluctuating by pageviews and an admin review.

Thank you so much for your reply.  It helped ease some of my fears.  I previously read some of the instructions on devtome and panicked when I saw the brackets/formatting and such.  Smiley

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December 20, 2013, 02:49:05 PM
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Lots of great developments going on here!

I'm just finishing up the new Devcoin web site - it will be ready to launch today! I am really excited as I think it looks amazing and I've gotten great feedback so far. Can't wait to show everyone!

I'm curious, how have you/are you going to port all the articles/organization over?
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December 20, 2013, 02:52:06 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply.  It helped ease some of my fears.  I previously read some of the instructions on devtome and panicked when I saw the brackets/formatting and such.  Smiley

Glad it helped. It can be a little intimidating at first, but is pretty simple once you just sit down with it.
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This month there are 3 writers earning 46% of all devtome earnings (of ~30 writers). One of them is 120 shares! If your rating method is going to bound between <1 and >1 doesn't the max round share need to be cut. Not just because of the absolute number and absolute equivalent fiat but because the larger shares also serve to undermine all others.

1. Yes, that is me. 120 shares. Does it reduce anyone else's shares when I max out that round?

They still receive the same amount, correct? So what is the *purpose* in limiting the number of shares in a round? Last month I had zero shares. It's very, very difficult to produce that much material consistently. Someone was kind enough recently to point out one project that I had neglected to fine tune. And now I'm about 8000 words in and loving it. No hard feelings, just a better project when I finally finish it.

2. Does that mean that shares are going to be excess every round or are 180m still distributed monthly?

If so, will we be expanding then number of bounties for visibility and refinement of Devtome and DVC in general?

3. The addition of ratings, categorization and page views has made me relook some of my contributions. I've been forced to clean up even what I thought was my most well prepared material.

So what is the point of reducing it? Just so someone like myself or Raptorak can't max it out at the high end? I don't see the purpose.

Which is what markm asked in his post: Markm: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=233997.msg3782966#msg3782966. What's the purpose? He didn't say he approved of the change, just that he wasn't necessarily opposed, but his question is a good one: What's the point?



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December 20, 2013, 03:55:51 PM
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Hi all, I am happy to report that I have finished the devcoin.org site redesign:

http://devcoin.org/

Thanks to Weisoq for his wiki page and whoever created the Devcoin press release that went out a couple of weeks ago - really saved me a lot of time compiling the content.

Let me know what you guys think - I will be sticking around as the new Devcoin web guy so I can certainly make edits and additions going forward.
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December 20, 2013, 04:01:03 PM
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This month there are 3 writers earning 46% of all devtome earnings (of ~30 writers). One of them is 120 shares! If your rating method is going to bound between <1 and >1 doesn't the max round share need to be cut. Not just because of the absolute number and absolute equivalent fiat but because the larger shares also serve to undermine all others.


So what is the point of reducing it? Just so someone like myself or Raptorak can't max it out? I don't see the purpose.

Which is what markm asked in his post: Markm: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=233997.msg3782966#msg3782966. What's the purpose? He didn't say he approved of the change, just that he wasn't necessarily opposed, but his question is a good one: What's the point?



I'm thinking the same thing.  A better way to spread the shares out would be to have more active writers join Devtome so compete for the shares, rather than limiting the payout. 


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I'm thinking the same thing.  A better way to spread the shares out would be to have more active writers join Devtome so compete for the shares, rather than limiting the payout. 

I'm a writer and a researcher. Professionally and as a hobby. Devtome remains enticing because I see the direct fruits of my labor within a month. But I've been writing for almost 20 years. Of course I'm going to have times where I max out the earnings. I think I've done it twice this year so far.

1. The material is peered review (ratings, other writers challenging content, categories, views, etc.).
2. I can't just spin an existing article to receive credit.
3. Devtome forces me to be creative in my contributions.

And although I have held back some original material since it's earning royalties elsewhere, I've been very pleased to release some of my successful content here, just to be open source and support this effort. It's not about greed or maxing out the monthly round. I think the more attractive Devtome is to hardcore writers, the more attention it will draw, the more it will grow and the more word is spread to other contributors, whether they are writers or devs or graphic designers.

Admins: There is serious potential here for people who invest their efforts heavily. Don't take that away so hastily.
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December 20, 2013, 04:50:29 PM
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I propose the following work, done by myself, to be funded by devcoin. Please let me know if this will fit.

I will write a definitive guide for Embedded Analysis, to be published on the CCC 30C3 wiki. This would be a significant update to the same entry i wrote in 2010, which today is the first result when searching for "embedded analysis". I would refactor and release a new tool based on an Arduino which can be used to dump NAND memory (a capability not readily available to most), unlicensed and open source. I will QA and release a voltage shifting board for IO lines, unlicensed and open source with Fritzing layout files. I would release a book (25 page pamphlet will illustrations and photography) developed with a photographer and initially previewed at the Create Art & Technology Exhibition in 2011 but never formally released, CC licensed. I would donate %10 of all Devcoin from the total sum of the entirety of all this work, from now and into the future, to the photographer. All of this will be documented in the 30c3 wiki and I would be happy to put "efforts supported by Devcoin and the Devcoin community" in the first section. This work is already in progress and WILL be completed by Dec 30th, preferably Dec 26 (before the 30C3 conference starts). If not clear, all code, text and designs were or will be authored by myself, except that of the photographer as mentioned.

BIO: I am a well known hardware and software reverse engineer. I've lectured at Recon and the CCC. I make things that break things and publish them unlicensed.

Full list of work and new additions to the documentation from the 27c3:

  • Initial release of Arduino based NAND Memory dumper
  • Memory breakout board list and techniques
  • Release of voltage regulator board for low voltage targets
  • Information on workflow and aesthetic analysis
  • Links to new tools
  • What to do after JTAG is found
  • Finding JTAG by hand
  • Crude and novel firmware analysis techniques
  • Release of book with illustrations on hardware hacking, in PDF form (CC Share Alike license)
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December 20, 2013, 04:56:45 PM
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Hi all, I am happy to report that I have finished the devcoin.org site redesign:

http://devcoin.org/

Thanks to Weisoq for his wiki page and whoever created the Devcoin press release that went out a couple of weeks ago - really saved me a lot of time compiling the content.

Let me know what you guys think - I will be sticking around as the new Devcoin web guy so I can certainly make edits and additions going forward.

It's certainly a lot more user-friendly, and the smooth design I think will help inspire confidence. I was thinking originally that you were going to move all of Devtome's content to a new site (which seemed quite momentous), but now I see it's more of a portal site to get people into it. I think it could do with some more content, since right now it's pretty spare, and there's plenty of existing content from devtome and the thread here that can be ported.

So far it looks like the new windows installer is good (not sure if people want to test it more before it's included), so you could add the link for that:
http://media.andarazoroflove.org/Devcoin-Installer.exe

The 'where to spend devcoin' page can be updated to include:
http://altcoincards.com/
http://dvc4giftcards.us/

The 'earnings and payouts' tab can include these links:
http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=devtome_stats
http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=devtome_page_views
http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=devtome_analytics
http://www.devtome.com/doku.php?id=earn_devcoins_by_writing#earnings_per_word

I think the more people are able to see the backstage process for payouts right up front, the more confidence they'll have in joining the system.

I also think it should include a couple of links to where people can trade dvc for btc and dollars. Some people might want to invest in an alt currency, but a lot of writers from the mainstream-non-hacking world are just going to want to buy groceries. If they successfully pay for their groceries, then they might think, "Oh, hey, this is totally legit," and be more willing to invest in an altcoin, and dvc's reputation goes up.

What do people think about doing a 'my personal experience with devtome' sort of testimonials section? We don't want to make this all "omg devtome is srsly so awesome la di da di da!!!!" But I think people respond to genuine, short, pragmatic personal stories of success when they're trying to figure out if this is something they want to do. I wouldn't have joined devtome if not for a miner friend who convinced me it was legit. Other writers might not have miner friends, and they need something else to convince them its legit.

Another point, which might or might or might not apply to the new site: a lot of mainstream writers are not going to want to put up their material (even if they're not making money on it otherwise) under a free culture license out of fear of that license being abused. At the very least some links to places that explain the benefits of free culture licenses could be listed for writers who are afraid to release material under a liberal license. Some choices might be:

http://questioncopyright.org
http://freeculture.org/

I can add these to the "earn devcoins by writing page" (unless editing that is restricted), but I'm not sure if this level of detail is necessary for hypersire's site at its current size.

Hypersire, thanks for doing the site!
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