You know, it took me a while to actually figure out what my real problem with all of this was. But now that I have figured it out? I'm going to lay it out in detail.
I have some very serious issues with Bruce trying to style himself as the big loud public voice of Bitcoin.
Now, the vast majority of the time, I'd consider my sexuality to be completely irrelevant in any sort of online discussion. However, in light of Bruce labeling the forum users as "overrun by 98% 13-year-old children" and me suspecting he may have persecution issues because of that, I'm going to head this right off at the pass and eliminate any chance I get lumped as a "child" because of some thought that I'm only "trolling" because I'm a homophobe or something.
When I first saw the Bitcoin show, one of my first impressions? Hey, Bruce is pretty cute. Nice calves, by the way. Yeah, I'm a leg guy. Shame I couldn't see higher than I could in the video. I'd describe some of the outfits I wouldn't mind seeing you wear, actually, but I fear if I actually get going I'm gonna get banned from the forum... I do have a pretty dirty mind when it comes right down to it.
Not, however, so dirty that I look at Pattaya as a conference location and don't have a fair bit of trepidation. I wouldn't want to go there. I've known people who have gone there, including an ex-boyfriend of mine. The kind of stuff we did behind locked doors? The fact Pattaya made him
uncomfortable means I ain't going there.
All of which is besides the point entirely. Who gets turned on by what isn't even the issue. The issue is that Pattaya has a reputation that makes a great many people uncomfortable. The issue is that Pattaya is making some of your actual potential audience uncomfortable. I honestly don't care what you or anyone else does there: you cannot demand that everyone else be comfortable.
Your thinking that you can be the voice of Bitcoin, while ignoring the concerns of a large number of bitcoin users actually commenting on the subject, is pretty arrogant. It's also, sadly, about what we've come to expect from you when it comes right down to it.
There's another thread opened about collecting ten thousand dollars worth of Bitcoins to hold in escrow so that it can be donated to a charity if they agree to accept Bitcoin. Guess who's going to escrow them? Oh, that's right. Bruce Wagner was volunteered for that.
On the one hand, I think the very notion of trusting someone who lost 25,000 bitcoins to the mybitcoin fiasco is pretty stupid. On the other hand...
Hey, Bruce, pull your head out of what going by the rest of you I'm assuming is a pretty nice butt.
If a bunch of "13-year-old children" are concerned about a Bitcoin association with Pattaya, what do you think the United Way would think of it? Do you think they're going to want Bitcoins if that's the public association?
So we have a Bitcoin spokesman who on the one hand cannot figure out how to secure a Bitcoin, and on the other hand clearly thinks he's smarter than ... um, well, I guess I'm a 13 year old because I think the idea of Pattaya as a conference location is a bad one.
I guess at least one thirteen year old knows how to secure a wallet and didn't lose all his coins (or, in fact, any of his coins ever) then.
(Oh, by the way, Bruce, I'm just going by visuals here, but I'm pretty sure I'm older than you are...)
Then there's the fact that, well... I watched the bitcoin show Bruce does. It was the one where he was interviewing MagicalTux about the Mt.Gox hack. I'm sitting there on IRC trying to pose a bunch of questions. A whole bunch of people at one point were copy-pasting one of my questions over and over, because I apparently asked something everyone wanted to know. Bruce, of course, tried to evade the question -- guess he didn't want to lose a sponsor. Come to think of it, I recall a ton of public calls asking him to stop endorsing mybitcoin at the early signs of trouble...
And then there's the last Bitcoin conference Bruce played a big part of. I seem to recall a lot of public commentary about what a letdown that was, that nothing came out of it in terms of information and the like... Now, as I understand it there were some mitigating circumstances, but...
Bruce? You remind me of my first boyfriend. Cute, eager to be the center of attention, and didn't know what the hell he was doing. Start listening to your partners, which in this case is the entire bitcoin community, or we're all going to end up with a figurative scar just like the one I still have on my, well.
No, not there
, but you know what I mean. That is, at least, if you actually stopped to consider any of this instead of just assuming that if I don't agree with you, I'm a 13 year old troll who is obviously wrong.
Everyone else? Let's just keep our eyes open for a spokesman who understands the technology he or she is talking about, instead of losing his coins and those of many of his friends and audience because it was easier to trust an unknown party than figure out backing up a wallet.dat ...