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November 27, 2013, 11:00:48 PM
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Perhaps Mastercoin threads that are mostly about the Mastercoin currency should be in alt cryptocurrencies, but Mastercoin threads mostly about other Mastercoin-managed assets should be elsewhere.
No, that might make sense from a "technical" point of view.
From the users' perspective, though, it's pretty much "I want to read about Mastercoin" or "I don't".

With one Mastercoin-subforum, people could simply ignore that one.
I'd be happy with a Mastercoin subforum in either "Service Discussion" or "Alt Cryptocurrencies"
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November 27, 2013, 11:01:57 PM
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I think the real question is how do we define an altcoin...

is an altcoin something that has a different value then bitcoin?
is an altcoin something that has a different blockchain?

I think once that is sorted then you can easily argue mastercoin as an altcoin or not.


My opinion, is that mastercoin is an altcoin, it has a different value which is not gotten directly from bitcoin, so it is a different coin all together. I too don't know much about it.

I'd define an Alt Coin as something on a different block chain. In the Alt Coin section, there is a Sticky by Gavin from 2011 saying, "Alternate Block Chains: Be Safe!" I'm pretty sure that is about the time that Alt Coins became a thing, so I feel that anything that is on its own chain is an alt coin.

However, I could also reasonably say, that anything with its own name, is a different coin as well. Mastercoin is not Bitcoin, if it was just an addon to the Bitcoin protocol, it wouldn't be called Mastercoin, it would be called a patch, or a Bitcoin update, or something of the sort.
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November 27, 2013, 11:07:48 PM
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Perhaps Mastercoin threads that are mostly about the Mastercoin currency should be in alt cryptocurrencies, but Mastercoin threads mostly about other Mastercoin-managed assets should be elsewhere.
No, that might make sense from a "technical" point of view.
From the users' perspective, though, it's pretty much "I want to read about Mastercoin" or "I don't".

With one Mastercoin-subforum, people could simply ignore that one.
I'd be happy with a Mastercoin subforum in either "Service Discussion" or "Alt Cryptocurrencies"

I still think it would be better to have a generic sub forum in which things like Mastercoin fit, than a dedicated sub forum.

If Bitcoin reaches wider adoption we can be sure that more things that will use the Bitcoin Blockchain will pop up. Just imagine the first altcoin would have gotten it's own board, we would now have about 100 altcoin boards.

Also a dedicated Mastercoin board would just spark an endless discussion with altcoiners.

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November 27, 2013, 11:23:13 PM
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Just imagine the first altcoin would have gotten it's own board, we would now have about 100 altcoin boards.
That outcome would not bother me, since I'd just ignore all of them, but I can see how it would suck for whoever was roped into moderating that mess.
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November 28, 2013, 08:11:47 AM
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The entire premise of Mastercoin rests on whether or not Mastercoin developers can create services so good, and which nobody else can replicate, that users will be willing to buy an entirely different currency just to get access to them.

Things look pretty dire for mastercoin if that's the case.
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November 28, 2013, 08:20:08 AM
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Isn't MasterCoin built on top of Bitcoin?  Maybe there needs to be a section for stuff like that, because altcoins seems like the wrong place.

Like "Alternative Blockchain Uses".

I would be all for that. But a single Project IMO isn't enough to justify a separate Board.

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That would be perfect imo. Also moving the topics to the altcoin forum will possibly lead to confusion between SHA256 mastercoin (MSC) build on top of the blockchain and the scrypt mastercoin (MST).

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November 28, 2013, 08:24:06 AM
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I think the real question is how do we define an altcoin...

is an altcoin something that has a different value then bitcoin?
is an altcoin something that has a different blockchain?

I think once that is sorted then you can easily argue mastercoin as an altcoin or not.


My opinion, is that mastercoin is an altcoin, it has a different value which is not gotten directly from bitcoin, so it is a different coin all together. I too don't know much about it.

I'd define an Alt Coin as something on a different block chain. In the Alt Coin section, there is a Sticky by Gavin from 2011 saying, "Alternate Block Chains: Be Safe!" I'm pretty sure that is about the time that Alt Coins became a thing, so I feel that anything that is on its own chain is an alt coin.

However, I could also reasonably say, that anything with its own name, is a different coin as well. Mastercoin is not Bitcoin, if it was just an addon to the Bitcoin protocol, it wouldn't be called Mastercoin, it would be called a patch, or a Bitcoin update, or something of the sort.

I'd argue this "Mastercoin/msc" is not Mastercoin(MST) and needs a new name !  Shocked

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November 28, 2013, 11:18:28 AM
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Let's look at it from a top-down perspective.
There are 17 top-level forums on bitcointalk.
None of these is called "Bitcoin", so, obviously, there can't be a top-level forum "Mastercoin" either.
Mastercoin has to either fit in one of these categories or have a new category where other project, e.g. colored coins, bitshares, hop, etc. might fit as well. All Mastercoin discussion should be in one place, not spread all over the forum, like, trading in Marketplace and development elsewhere. Simply because Mastercoin is small.



Here's the list of top-level forums, I'll cross out any that obviously don't fit:
  • Bitcoin Discussion
  • Development & Technical Discussion
  • Mining
  • Technical Support
  • Project Development
  • Economy
  • Economics
  • Marketplace
  • Trading Discussion
  • Other
  • Meta
  • Newbies
  • Politics & Society
  • Off-topic
  • Alternate cryptocurrencies
  • Archival
  • Local



That leaves us with 5 options plus the option of adding a new forum:
  • Development & Technical Discussion
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    Technical discussion about Satoshi's Bitcoin client and the Bitcoin network in general. No third-party sites/clients
  • Project Development
    Quote
    Organization of Bitcoin and related projects
  • Other
  • Off-topic
  • Alternate cryptocurrencies
    Quote
    Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.



I'd rule out Development & Technical Discussion, Other and Off-topic.
So it's basically either
Quote from: Project Development
Organization of Bitcoin and related projects
Quote from: Alternate cryptocurrencies
Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.
or a new top-level forum.


If it's a new top-level forum, I suggest to define it to encompass things like colored coins as well.

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November 28, 2013, 02:59:52 PM
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Let's look at it from a top-down perspective.
There are 17 top-level forums on bitcointalk.
None of these is called "Bitcoin", so, obviously, there can't be a top-level forum "Mastercoin" either.
Mastercoin has to either fit in one of these categories or have a new category where other project, e.g. colored coins, bitshares, hop, etc. might fit as well. All Mastercoin discussion should be in one place, not spread all over the forum, like, trading in Marketplace and development elsewhere. Simply because Mastercoin is small.



Here's the list of top-level forums, I'll cross out any that obviously don't fit:
  • Bitcoin Discussion
  • Development & Technical Discussion
  • Mining
  • Technical Support
  • Project Development
  • Economy
  • Economics
  • Marketplace
  • Trading Discussion
  • Other
  • Meta
  • Newbies
  • Politics & Society
  • Off-topic
  • Alternate cryptocurrencies
  • Archival
  • Local



That leaves us with 5 options plus the option of adding a new forum:
  • Development & Technical Discussion
    Quote
    Technical discussion about Satoshi's Bitcoin client and the Bitcoin network in general. No third-party sites/clients
  • Project Development
    Quote
    Organization of Bitcoin and related projects
  • Other
  • Off-topic
  • Alternate cryptocurrencies
    Quote
    Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.



I'd rule out Development & Technical Discussion, Other and Off-topic.
So it's basically either
Quote from: Project Development
Organization of Bitcoin and related projects
Quote from: Alternate cryptocurrencies
Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.
or a new top-level forum.


If it's a new top-level forum, I suggest to define it to encompass things like colored coins as well.


*also maybe add >> FLO, TAG, PTS,etc etc..in there too; as they are essentially implementing the same kinda thing into their projects?   Cool ~ what makes MSC so different?

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November 28, 2013, 09:16:43 PM
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A 'Protocol' forum.
For things built on the BTC protocol.

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November 29, 2013, 06:06:12 AM
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After reading the responses to this thread and consulting with some experts, I've decided that Mastercoin is an alt cryptocurrency. Mastercoin attempts to be similar to Ripple, which everyone agrees is an alt cryptocurrency. Just because your system can handle assets other than its own currency doesn't prevent if from being an altcoin. And the underlying protocol doesn't matter.

An alt cryptocurrency can be defined in this way: Any system other than exactly Bitcoin which contains its own currency, but which operates in a more complicated way than something like Pecunix.

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November 29, 2013, 10:02:17 AM
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An alt cryptocurrency can be defined in this way: Any system other than exactly Bitcoin which contains its own currency, but which operates in a more complicated way than something like Pecunix.
You might want to put that definition into the board description:
Quote from: Description of Alternate cryptocurrencies board
Discussion of cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Note that discussion of how these currencies *relate to* Bitcoin may fit in other categories.

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November 30, 2013, 08:21:18 AM
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Why was mastercoin buying and selling thread moved from Currency exchange?

I guess you should also update the description for that forum too as it currently says: Buying/selling bitcoins using other currencies

The mastercoin thread was doing exactly this.
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November 30, 2013, 10:01:19 AM
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Why was mastercoin buying and selling thread moved from Currency exchange?

I guess you should also update the description for that forum too as it currently says: Buying/selling bitcoins using other currencies

The mastercoin thread was doing exactly this.

You could say the same thing about any altcoin. If bitcoin is a currency, so is litecoin, so why not allow trading of it there too?

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November 30, 2013, 01:46:00 PM
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Why was mastercoin buying and selling thread moved from Currency exchange?

I guess you should also update the description for that forum too as it currently says: Buying/selling bitcoins using other currencies

The mastercoin thread was doing exactly this.

You could say the same thing about any altcoin. If bitcoin is a currency, so is litecoin, so why not allow trading of it there too?

Answer, bitcointalk.org

What I meant was that if someone wants to buy or sell bitcoins in exchange for litecoin or mastercoin it would fit in the scope of that forum, going from the description anyway.

I thought it would just be people exchanging altcoins for something other than bitcoin (eg. LTC/USD or MSC for LTC) which would not be allowed.

Anyway it seems you guys have made your decision, which seems to be that bitcoin can only be traded for fiat currencies in the Currency exchange forum and not traded for 'altcoin' currencies.

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November 30, 2013, 02:44:48 PM
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Why was mastercoin buying and selling thread moved from Currency exchange?

I guess you should also update the description for that forum too as it currently says: Buying/selling bitcoins using other currencies

The mastercoin thread was doing exactly this.

You could say the same thing about any altcoin. If bitcoin is a currency, so is litecoin, so why not allow trading of it there too?

Answer, bitcointalk.org

What I meant was that if someone wants to buy or sell bitcoins in exchange for litecoin or mastercoin it would fit in the scope of that forum, going from the description anyway.

I thought it would just be people exchanging altcoins for something other than bitcoin (eg. LTC/USD or MSC for LTC) which would not be allowed.

Anyway it seems you guys have made your decision, which seems to be that bitcoin can only be traded for fiat currencies in the Currency exchange forum and not traded for 'altcoin' currencies.

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December 01, 2013, 12:11:54 AM
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Mastercoin threads should, in the spirit of Mastercoin, be parasitic in its nature and just bloat the threads here.
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December 01, 2013, 12:13:03 AM
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We really want our own subforum, although it need not be mastercoin-specific - just an area for projects using the bitcoin block-chain for interesting stuff.

Interesting that you didn't use this approach for creating your own blockchain.
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