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July 20, 2011, 01:26:03 PM
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Hi

It it possible to design and implement a better Interface for the Bitcoin Back end and User Interface?

For Example a columb with the USD dollar in it.



Is there a place to add your ideas  for a better Bitcoin Interface.
 

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July 20, 2011, 05:41:08 PM
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John Smith is working on a Qt interface here http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=15276.0

However, I am strongly opposed to adding a USD column because that would make the client depend on an exchange and give the impression that BTC is tied to the dollar.

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July 23, 2011, 04:09:09 PM
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A configurable drop-down menu to compare the exchanges in several currencies and precious metals would be awesome because it would make the value easily understood by nearly anyone.

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July 24, 2011, 11:12:07 AM
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The most sensible way to design a client would be to make a list of all the things it can do, group them into sensible groups, each containing as little as possible, then choose appropriate metaphors for each thing that can be manipulated. Tacking stuff onto the already rather ugly UI isn't a good idea IMO. We need a proper UI designer who can do this, programmers are notoriously bad at UI design.
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July 24, 2011, 01:23:14 PM
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A configurable drop-down menu to compare the exchanges in several currencies and precious metals would be awesome because it would make the value easily understood by nearly anyone.
The problem is one of data distribution; see my comment here:

http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=31082.0

I'm also heavily against displaying prices in dollar, but a way to add in real-time market data would be nice.

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July 24, 2011, 02:16:53 PM
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The client lacks A LOT of things but a column displaying the btc value in dollar isn't one of them in my opinion...

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July 27, 2011, 11:50:54 PM
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The client lacks A LOT of things but a column displaying the btc value in dollar isn't one of them in my opinion...


I agree.  I think we need some sort of remote control software so we can authorize bitcoin transactions in person using a phone. 

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July 28, 2011, 12:15:23 AM
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John Smith is working on a Qt interface here http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=15276.0

However, I am strongly opposed to adding a USD column because that would make the client depend on an exchange and give the impression that BTC is tied to the dollar.

Except that Merchants using Bitcoin still trade in dollars, and must be able to quickly price goods and services in Dollars. Yours is just a fundamentalist party line, that seems to refuse that 95% of the talking being done about Bitcoin is because it has a peg to the dollar, and as such has a baseline store of value that becomes more reliable the more people buy it for the dollars you're so against.

Without other currencies to exchange to, Bitcoin has no value to the public at large.

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July 28, 2011, 09:12:14 AM
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Except that Merchants using Bitcoin still trade in dollars, and must be able to quickly price goods and services in Dollars.
No, people at my side of the ocean trade in Euros. So yeah I'll hack my client to show only Euros, let's teach those Amerifags a lesson!

Oh wait...

It makes sense to display the same values for everyone. Otherwise one person would send NN Euros and the other would receive MM Rubels. Based on the current BTC exchange rates of those currencies at some shadowy exchange. No guarantee that you'd actually get that amount of local currency when you're ready to sell, which would confuse the merchant even more than simply regarding it as a foreign currency.

(also, due to internet latency issues, this even applies to two people sending each other $ in BTC. They'd potentially see different exchange rates. Unless the exchange rates would somehow be embedded in the block chain for each instant, this is a recipe for a lot of confusion)

But yes, let's make this an ad hominem attack instead of a practical issue, call me a radical pro-globalist I like that :-)

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July 28, 2011, 09:46:21 AM
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July 28, 2011, 11:12:25 AM
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Yours is just a fundamentalist party line, that seems to refuse that 95% of the talking being done about Bitcoin is because it has a peg to the dollar, and as such has a baseline store of value that becomes more reliable the more people buy it for the dollars you're so against.

But bitcoin ISN'T pegged to the dollar. Or any other currency for that matter.

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