Recently noagendamarket and I, who have been referenced as co-owners of witcoin, have decided to continue working on witcoin separately.
noagendamarket in affiliation with CryptoXchange will preserve witcoin.com (and CryptoXchange's recently registered witcoin.org and witcoin.net) to reestablish some kind of site possibly with commercial interests.
I am interested to reestablish the witcoin site as I had written and developed it with continued noncommercial interests that, but I will do so under a different name and no longer affiliate with witcoin brand/name.
I would like to know others' thoughts on what seems most appropriate for the witcoin community.
noagendamarket and CryptoXchange want to make use of my code base and affiliated database structure and all sql data of user-generated content and activity to recreate and recreate the site for their own use, whilst I want to reestablish the site as it was under a different name.
We cannot both make use of the data since the affiliated bitcoins cannot be duplicated.
I am uncertain how to proceed as I feel a kind of responsibility for the community behind the site that I made and do not want to make a poor choice of either: preserving the data to move to new site -or- abandoning the data for new ownership to use.
Therefore, any thoughts from anyone in regards to what seems best or reasonable resolution to this concern would be appreciated.
Some responses I received from others:
Before transferring ownership of witcoin.com, give users a chance to delete their accounts and withdraw their BTC. It doesn't really matter which of you gets the BTC as long as users are able to withdraw from the other site. Good luck to both of you!
I think the data and balance should remain at witcoin.com, whoever ends up running it. If any of you take the software and run it on a different domain, you should not import the witcoin balance (The data can be imported for all I care).
Users would get confused if their bitcoin balance ends up on a new site. I would say, let noagendamarket and CryptoXchange hold on to the coins indefinitely, so if users come back to witcoin.com after a hiatus they can still easily find their coins. However, as a returning user in this situation, I'd want to know about the changes that have occured. I'd set it up as a one-time page that pops up when a user returns to witcoin.com, just letting them know the differences between your new site and witcoin.com, with handy links to withdraw coins/effectively use either site. You could also have a button that lets them clear their data if they're not happy with the new ownership.
The project needs a redesign and some user interface tweaks maybe... other than that I liked it.
Too bad you lost the brand, "witcoin" is IMO a great name. weedcoin, tipcoin, tipbitcoin... or maybe a name without the "coin" in it would be even better. If you are the guy who developed the original site, my witcoins are with you.
How many active users on the site in the last week? If the number is less than 100, you are basically wasting time worrying about it.
I feel like the bitcoins living in witcoin should be moved along with the spirit of what witcoin was, whichever new project represents it best. And of course alert and allow users to withdraw their coins before any changes are made. Otherwise i don't have strong feelings either way.
The best and most capitalist solution is for you to (internally) bid on the existing data and balances; whoever thinks they're most valuable will buy out the other.
I posted a response at BitcoinTalk.org. As for my own balance of witcoins, I don't really mind which site retains them. No big deal. I think the concept of witcoin is great, and with a few tweaks it could become quite popular and successful.
I can't judge whether your or their plans are more sincere and appropriate, so what about this solution:
On both sites:
- preserve all old data
- hide old users
- hide content created by old users
E-mail all old users with
- one-paragraph descriptions of both sites
- a link to both sites
- link to a form for choosing sites to participate in
On the form, old users can
- keep or destroy their account on your site
- keep or destroy their account on the other site
- send their balance to a Bitcoin account of their choice
- move their balance to the site they chose or either one of the sites if they chose both
Users who don't use the form are made public on your site and removed from the other site, if their user ID is even. If their user ID is odd, they're made public on the other site and removed from your site.
in general, i'm in fav of it being less of a business, more of a software platform for content production. biz models are not necessary to grow things bigger i think, but well some people just know those
Hi, Thanks for the email. I think you should keep the data and keep tryi ng. I never really used the site, haven't had time. I tried to a few weeks ago but I had forgotten my login details. I'm not sure if you remember, but I met you last year on freenode and you told me about bitcoin/witcoin, gave me a bitcoin so I could try it. I'm still interested in the site, I liked your ideas. Could you tell me a little more whenever you get a chance about what's going on with it at the moment? Thanks.
I would prefer to go with your non-commercial version of the site (unsure how the commercial version develops). If that needs a different name, so be it. I think you would be able to raise it to a higher level then what witcoin was, in terms of speed and content. I always found that the donation feature was a strong aspect of the site. What I think is important is that access to the stored funds needs to be restored asap. It will only damage the name by people who will call it all a scam (see the whole mybitcoin situation).