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June 16, 2013, 06:49:17 PM
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Someone who can't shut down a site clearly doesn't own it, wouldn't you say?

So you're saying the US government owns this site?


Wat?

How in the world did you think that was a logical response?

you give him to much credit.

My negative trust rating is reflective of a personal vendetta by someone on default trust.
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June 16, 2013, 06:58:49 PM
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If this forum is just a business, one that has deceptive business practices and misrepresents their intentions, then there is no reason to support the business any longer.

Pot calling the kettle black?

He would say no.

I've never been involved in "deceptive business practices"

I've noticed. He seems to honestly think he's fooling people... or just in denial.

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June 17, 2013, 01:58:45 AM
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World of Warcraft are un-paid forum mods, and game mods.
Blizzard MVP here. That's absolutely wrong. Anyone that has any power in Blizzard games or on their forum are paid employees. Unpaid mods on big sites/games elsewhere are also usually low quality overall because you need to get so many of them to prevent burnout.

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June 17, 2013, 02:13:39 AM
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Theymos sells ad services and earns money. What's your business what he does with his own money again? Huh


If i'm not wrong theymos is just a caretaker like other admins, he does not own's this forum, and it's not his private property.
Real owner is satoshi.



I'm about four pages behind in this thread, so apologies if this has been addressed.

This post reminded me of something. Theymos doesn't own it. Mt Gox does. The only way theymos would be able to transfer monies as he's done is through the blessing of Mt Gox.

What is going on here? (opted to not use all caps, but am desiring an explanation if one is available)

Back to reading this enlightening thread some dude created.

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June 17, 2013, 02:27:10 AM
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Theymos sells ad services and earns money. What's your business what he does with his own money again? Huh


If i'm not wrong theymos is just a caretaker like other admins, he does not own's this forum, and it's not his private property.
Real owner is satoshi.



I'm about four pages behind in this thread, so apologies if this has been addressed.

This post reminded me of something. Theymos doesn't own it. Mt Gox does. The only way theymos would be able to transfer monies as he's done is through the blessing of Mt Gox.

What is going on here? (opted to not use all caps, but am desiring an explanation if one is available)

Back to reading this enlightening thread some dude created.

The server was owned by MT.Gox some time ago, but as of now the server is hosted by Private Internet Access. I'd think that MT.Gox has nothing to do with us now.

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June 17, 2013, 02:43:55 AM
Last edit: June 17, 2013, 03:23:02 AM by Phinnaeus Gage
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Would be interesting to see how the good ol' IRS sees this non-owner and not an official nonprofit forum structure but now a bunch of mods admitted and claimed btc addresses receiving income to themselves.

to my knowledge none of the forum owners or hosting occurs in the US, so its probably exempt to the laws of the IRS

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/contact-us

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We are located in the US. [...]

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2885 Sanford Ave SW
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If under subpoena, PrivateInternetAccess.com may release data in order to comply with legal obligations or in order to enforce the PrivateInternetAccess.com Terms of Service and/or other agreements.
PrivateInternetAccess.com may release data in order to protect the rights, property and/or safety of PrivateInternetAccess.com, its constituents, and/or other visitors and clients.

Yes, I know this is about the VPN they are offering but I wouldn't be surprised if they gave in under pressure for some content on this forum (e.g. the Securities or the Gambling section).

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Los Angeles, CaliforniaInternet
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London Trust Media, Inc., Lifeboat Foundation
Previous   
Mt. Gox Live, National Honey Almond, Inc.

Who owns it?

Depends on your definition of ownership. Different resources are controlled by different people. Private Internet Access has ultimate control of the server. Sirius owns the domain. A lot of the money is managed in accordance with the Treasury Agreements, which defines a somewhat more complex organizational structure, though these agreements don't rule the entire forum. I coordinate it all, but I have no ultimate, binding authority over anything except the bitcoins that I hold (and I'd like to reduce this). No one person can permanently shut down the forum.

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Current Version: 3.14-1 - Downloads: 8421
Author / Maintainer: Andrew Lee (rasengan) / BigBoss

From rasengan (Andrew Lee)

i'm happy you took that step. looking forward to see reviews Smiley

i have no time to review now, nor do i need the app, but i wanted to look into appcelerator for a long time so it's on my list Wink

did you code mtgoxlive.com? it's really cool. just some remarks:
interpolating points may look nice but misrepresents the actual market depth. i would optionally change that for rectangular lines.
also the green line jumps between sellers and buyers a lot. i would offer an optional split into two lines - a seller line and a buyer line.
the traded volume is not visible in the graph. bars on the left and right edge of the screen underneath the rest maybe?


Great!  Appcelerator is really neat.

I did not code MtGoxLive.com, but I agree that it is awesome.  I will pass on these messages to the developer!

Thanks!

Looks to me to be a VERY complex organizational structure (COS, for short).

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June 17, 2013, 03:22:40 AM
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Talk about a COS.

http://www.bizapedia.com/in/BITCOIN-FOUNDATION-INC.html

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Status:   Active
Filing Date:   09/13/2011
Entity Type:   Non-Profit Domestic Corporation
File Number:   2011091300448
Filing State:   Indiana (IN)
Company Age:   1 Year 9 Months
Principal Address:   
3809 Steeplechase Drive
Carmel, IN 46032

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June 17, 2013, 04:02:28 AM
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Stop it Bruno. Theymos said they moved it and I believe him (why lie about that). This just looks silly now.

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June 17, 2013, 04:08:42 AM
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rasengan had something to do with MtGox Live, which was later acquired by MtGox. PIA is not owned by MtGox.

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June 17, 2013, 04:10:02 AM
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I think the intent of my two posts above was missed.

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June 17, 2013, 04:11:44 AM
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I think the intent of my two posts above was missed.
not entirely. i understood it.

My negative trust rating is reflective of a personal vendetta by someone on default trust.
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June 17, 2013, 04:31:03 AM
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Honestly, I wouldn't call it "getting paid to moderate" the majority of the moderators get like $10-20 in Bitcoins per month, its more of a tip than an official paycheck. Of course the people like Theymos that spend 169 hours per week working get paid more, but its far from an organized business where you get paid an hourly wage, or salary. Its like, do you tell the IRS about the $20 you spend per month paying the neighbor boy to mow your grass? Probably not, because its fairly insignificant. Its more of a thank you for helping out, and allows a few mods to spend the bitcoins on an indulgence that they wouldn't normally tap their savings for.

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June 17, 2013, 04:37:03 AM
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The forum's server is actually hosted by nforce.nl. I'm not sure how easy it would be for the US government to force PIA to do anything regarding the server. They aren't really the forum's ISP. The server is a gift from PIA to the forum. They don't have root access or anything, though because they pay the bills, they probably have ultimate control over the server in the eyes of nforce.nl. Maybe this situation could be improved.

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June 17, 2013, 04:37:09 AM
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I think the intent of my two posts above was missed.

I missed it. What were you implying with the walls of text?

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June 17, 2013, 05:43:24 AM
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Theymos sells ad services and earns money. What's your business what he does with his own money again? Huh

I don't even understand why you guys feel the need to justify yourselves.

I agree strongly with this. Mods getting paid to do mod work is just a sign that both this forum and BTC is becoming mature.

Honestly I wish they were open about it from the start, that would have been the transparent thing to do. But getting paid to do work? Why is this such a radical idea for some?

Hey, bud!

Again, the issue is not that the mods shouldn't get paid, but that it wasn't disclosed to the 100K+ members on this board who firmly believed that what they do was for gratis, thus hopefully non-bias. Unfortunately, that has now come into question, albeit not by me (currently, but...).

A handful of mods of been kind to me in the past, as well as theymos, sans the two unexpected vacations, with hopefully not a permanent vacation in the works, otherwise I may have to re-fire up Nikki-T-B.  Grin

I think the intent of my two posts above was missed.

I missed it. What were you implying with the walls of text?

Google "2885 Sanford Ave SW" bitcoin (using quotes for the address), keeping the name Andrew Lee in mind.

Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Did you see where Andrew Lee registered the Bitcoin Foundation Inc.?

Did you see that AL owns PIA?

Would you like to see what the BBB thinks about the pseudonyms that AL uses?

Would you like to know of the other hosting sites that AL operates?

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June 17, 2013, 05:43:43 AM
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Theymos sells ad services and earns money. What's your business what he does with his own money again? Huh

I don't even understand why you guys feel the need to justify yourselves.

I agree strongly with this. Mods getting paid to do mod work is just a sign that both this forum and BTC is becoming mature.

Honestly I wish they were open about it from the start, that would have been the transparent thing to do. But getting paid to do work? Why is this such a radical idea for some?

Agreed. Why is this such a big deal that this thread has gotten this long?

Agreed.

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June 17, 2013, 05:50:41 AM
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Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Mtgox Live was developed by coderrr, I believe. rasengan was involved in some other way.

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June 17, 2013, 06:02:39 AM
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Theymos sells ad services and earns money. What's your business what he does with his own money again? Huh

I don't even understand why you guys feel the need to justify yourselves.

I agree strongly with this. Mods getting paid to do mod work is just a sign that both this forum and BTC is becoming mature.

Honestly I wish they were open about it from the start, that would have been the transparent thing to do. But getting paid to do work? Why is this such a radical idea for some?

Hey, bud!

Again, the issue is not that the mods shouldn't get paid, but that it wasn't disclosed to the 100K+ members on this board who firmly believed that what they do was for gratis, thus hopefully non-bias. Unfortunately, that has now come into question, albeit not by me (currently, but...).

A handful of mods of been kind to me in the past, as well as theymos, sans the two unexpected vacations, with hopefully not a permanent vacation in the works, otherwise I may have to re-fire up Nikki-T-B.  Grin

I think the intent of my two posts above was missed.

I missed it. What were you implying with the walls of text?

Google "2885 Sanford Ave SW" bitcoin (using quotes for the address), keeping the name Andrew Lee in mind.

Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Did you see where Andrew Lee registered the Bitcoin Foundation Inc.?

Did you see that AL owns PIA?

Would you like to see what the BBB thinks about the pseudonyms that AL uses?

Would you like to know of the other hosting sites that AL operates?

Ok, but I don't see any problem with that. http://www.howtoacceptbitcoin.com/2012/10/pay-privately-to-surf-privately.html?m=1

That was never my concern anyway so carry on with your walls of text there buddy.

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June 17, 2013, 06:03:03 AM
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Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Mtgox Live was developed by coderrr, I believe. rasengan was involved in some other way.

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Guest: Andrew Lee Co-founder of MtGoxLive.com bitcoin address shortener: http://BTC.to http://MtGoxLive.com/mobile MtGoxLive.com is a live trend, price resistance and overall, overview of the MtGox.com Bitcoin Exchange market. It provides real time updates with websocket and/or Ajax, when websockets are unavailable.

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Did you notice my post above where I shown that AL was asked point-blank if he developed a site and his reply was with a negative, yet it's proven that he was mistaken?

Mtgox Live was developed by coderrr, I believe. rasengan was involved in some other way.

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The Bitcoin Show – Episode 035

Guest: Andrew Lee Co-founder of MtGoxLive.com bitcoin address shortener: http://BTC.to http://MtGoxLive.com/mobile MtGoxLive.com is a live trend, price resistance and overall, overview of the MtGox.com Bitcoin Exchange market. It provides real time updates with websocket and/or Ajax, when websockets are unavailable.

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Mt. Gox Live
June 2011 – January 2012 (8 months)Japan
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- Acquired by Tibanne Co Ltd.

I went to Karaoke with Andrew a few weeks ago and he had told me about that. He basically sold that site to MtGox. I don't think he is connected to MtGox at all, but that doesn't have anything to do with the major concerns which (again) are:

  • Soliciting donations from the community under the guise of creating a new forum (and never even starting said development)
  • Gathering now 6000 BTC under the guise of creating a new forum and not spending on said purpose, instead spending it to pay whom Theymos wants to pay (without notice of any kind to the community before or after receiving and spending said funds)
  • Developing a broken reputation system that encourages spam, extortion and removes the right to defend from the victims of such, in order to avoid giving BFL a scammer tag all while allowing BFL to continue to fund the forum with advertising revenue despite their consistent fraud

Yes, the forum is a for-profit company that is just unregistered. We have proven this in this thread already.
Yes, Theymos is free to do whatever he wants on his website. It is "none of our business".
Yes, it is a lie to continue soliciting donations under the guise of creating a new forum and the lies need to stop.
Yes, it would be better for the reputation of this for-profit unregistered company if more transparent announcements were made about what is going on with all the riches the community bestowed open it out of good will (and under the guise of something that is 12 months late).

You can argue and shoe shine this turd all you want, but without transparency, without a fair reputation management system that allows for rebuttals and petitions for removal, and most importantly, without both a clear explanation of where funds are going (no sleezy wording) before soliciting them, and actual progress on said intentions, there is no reason to support this business. All we're apparently doing is enabling laziness, taking away our right to vote further with our money (they don't need anymore), etc.

edit: Yes, it is absolutely fine to pay moderators if you must, although there is no need to on this server, with hundreds of willing trustworthy parties interested in contributing their time to a good cause. That is a different complaint for a different thread though.

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