I do not like this kind of censorship.
Here is a copy from IRC. Let's see if this thread gets deleted too :-)
<upb> That reminds me - one of the pool owners has been embedding religious messages in the blockchain recently (Catholic ones by the looks of it). Same guy that created Tonal Bitcoin.
<upb> lol is this true luke-jr ?
<luke-jr> upb: is that a quote?
<upb> but is it true?
<nanotube> RandomMinds: hey hey!
<luke-jr> sure; namecoin people couldn't get their part of merged mining usable, so I'm testing the bitcoin end with prayers
<luke-jr> just the ordinary coinbase which Satoshi designed for political propaganda, not the txn spam some idiots are using to permanently pollute the block chain, mind you
<ThomasV> upb: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=38674.0
<ThomasV> I do not know why it was deleted
<ThomasV> luke-jr: was it true?
<upb> why catholic ones tho
<upb> do the quran
<luke-jr> ThomasV: the original thread, not really. it was full of FUD and trolling
<ThomasV> luke-jr: is it true that you included prayers ?
<luke-jr> ThomasV: I already answered that recently. Read backscroll.
<luke-jr> kinda wish I had saved my final response to the troll thread
<upb> damn would love to read that thread
<upb> seems not to be on google cache
<ThomasV> no, you said " I'm testing the bitcoin end with prayers" ; this is not really an answer to my question, because "testing" could man anything
<ThomasV> luke-jr: I am asking because I really would like to know what is going on here
<luke-jr> ThomasV: merged mining involves embedding specific data in the coinbase of a bitcoin block
<gavinandresen> uh, oh, I feel a religious argument coming on....
<ThomasV> gavinandresen: not really
<upb> There is no god but One God
<luke-jr> ThomasV: the namecoin side producing said data doesn't work right yet, so I've been using prayers in its place ☺
<upb> allahu akbar
<ThomasV> I just want to know why this thread has been deleted
<UukGoblin> I wonder if reduced randomness hurts crypto in any way...
<upb> im not familiar with the merge mining rotocol really, but does it make the blockchain bigger?
<UukGoblin> but that'd be pretty... severe if it did, I guess
<upb> or is only a hash of a tree root included
<ThomasV> is it because the thread contained something false ? (in which case 90% of threads should be deleted), or because someone considered that it would hurt bitcoin if this information is more widely available (conspiracy theories!!)
<luke-jr> ThomasV: presumably because it was FUD+trolling
<gavinandresen> upb: see https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Alternative_Chains
<luke-jr> upb: none of this makes the blockchain any significantly bigger than it would otherwise be
<luke-jr> upb: strictly speaking, the coinbases can be purged from block chains immediately
<ThomasV> luke-jr: there's fud+trolling everywhere ; this censorship can only reinforce conspiracy theories
<luke-jr> ThomasV: honestly, I've never had a big problem with the forums censoring trolling.
<D0han> where can i see these emedded prayers?
<luke-jr> D0han: strings ~/.bitcoin/blk0001.dat -n20
<luke-jr> -n21 omits some of the transaction spam
<JFK911> piece of shit wont get blocks
<JFK911> going to downgrade back to 0.3.21 if it doesnt start working
<upb> ok i see how it works
<ThomasV> luke-jr: one could reasonably argue that they are not censoring trolling, but covering your ass
<upb> so the haram prayers are only included in the alternative chain not the bitcoin blocks
<luke-jr> ThomasV: not really
<upb> which makes it safe to use insallah
<upb> is this true?
<upb> if instead of the hashes there are catholic prayers, a lot of people cannot use bitcoin anymore
<D0han> lol? why?
<asher^> not compatible with muslim OS?
<luke-jr> asher^: actually, muslims generally tolerate Christians so long as they aren't ex-Muslims
<asher^> i was being facetious
<D0han> luke-jr should include smth like 'hi mom!'
<luke-jr> D0han: think of something more interesting and maybe