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July 11, 2011, 10:39:27 AM
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How about...

/b/


Just kidding.  Grin

Might as well make it look like this:

\B/

Bitcoin: Funneling One Bit at a Time

or

/B\

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It even looks like a mascot: Barth Bader
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July 11, 2011, 09:54:57 PM
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So here's my suggestion to make everyone happy. Smiley Use ฿ for Bitcoins since this is already rather established. Use ß for milliBitcoins. If Bitcoin becomes a success, milliBitcoins will be more widely used than Bitcoins anyway so that should make those rooting for ß happy.

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July 12, 2011, 08:12:47 AM
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I like the idea of mixing the hash symbol with a b. I'm not a good digital artist, but check this out:


If you can't see the hash, I highlighted it in this one:


It's very easy to write, and looks good. Just draw a 3 and 2 lines through the top. I got the idea from this post: http://forum.bitcoin.org/index.php?topic=25102.msg325489#msg325489



I like this, I was hoping for something that doesn't have anything to do with letters of alphabet or keyboard. But I like this because it's meaningful, hashing plays an important role with bitcoins.

If people really want a symbol based on writing, maybe we could also use an alternate symbol based on Kanji. I don't know if Satoshi would mind this. Personally I like to stay away from my nationality, but maybe he is not the same.
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July 12, 2011, 08:19:29 AM
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If you can't see the hash, I highlighted it in this one:



I like this, I was hoping for something that doesn't have anything to do with letters of alphabet or keyboard. But I like this because it's meaningful, hashing plays an important role with bitcoins.

If people really want a symbol based on writing, maybe we could also use an alternate symbol based on Kanji. I don't know if Satoshi would mind this. Personally I like to stay away from my nationality, but maybe he is not the same.

I like this thing with the hash too.. except I can't quite get away from seeing it as a 3.

Whatever is used as a symbol - I hope people stop suggesting we borrow/steal the Thai Baht symbol ฿ .
It's a terrible idea and I don't understand why people think it even began to have wings. Leave the poor Baht alone!



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July 12, 2011, 09:40:07 AM
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But I agree with RylandAlmanza's idea. But when I write it, it reminds me of a 3 instead of a B.

We could say the same for the € symbol, that is more similar to a "C" instead of an "E".

In any case, I'd rather choose Ƀ for the bitcoin symbol.

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July 12, 2011, 10:19:55 AM
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July 12, 2011, 11:24:03 PM
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Whatever is used as a symbol - I hope people stop suggesting we borrow/steal the Thai Baht symbol ฿ .
It's a terrible idea and I don't understand why people think it even began to have wings. Leave the poor Baht alone!

It's only a terrible idea if you are against the quick adoption of Bitcoin through existing infrastructure. Or proud Thai of course Smiley CAD and AUD use $ as well, and I haven't heard of US protests over this. BTW, it already has wings, lots of people use it.

I'm not against a new symbol at some point, but don't think it's a problem to reuse a fairly obscure one, I'm sure most people are able to make the difference from context where necessary.
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July 13, 2011, 06:17:43 AM
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I'm not against a new symbol at some point, but don't think it's a problem to reuse a fairly obscure one, I'm sure most people are able to make the difference from context where necessary.
Think about all those Thai people who will get confused when confronted with a price in bitcoins... or is it in bath? I have no idea, let's guess...

Not a good idea.
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July 13, 2011, 06:26:03 AM
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I'm not against a new symbol at some point, but don't think it's a problem to reuse a fairly obscure one

The Thai economy positively dwarf's that of bitcoin - so what sort of crazy definition of 'obscure' are you using?

There are more than a handful of Thai people living in my city..  I meet some of them now and then. (latest one just last week)
It would feel completely ridiculous to attempt to introduce them to this newfangled currency called bitcoin, which abuses the Baht symbol.
They'd rightly think it was a pathetic joke. Any selling point about it being potentially useful to transfer value to friends and family back home would be lost.


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July 13, 2011, 08:06:37 AM
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@everyone that says thai people will get confused

thai people are not stupid and i think they would be quite offended that you guys keep insisting they cant tell the difference between say 'Btc-฿' and 'Baht-฿'.for example the likely obvious difference in price even if it only said ฿, i go to a candy store and want to buy a candy bar, the price is listed as 0.07. knowing the price of goods in my country, its fairly obvious that price isn't in US dollars unless their is one hell of a sale going on(90% off if the price is in USD or the equivalent of 1 USD if its in BTC).

you guys seriously need to come up with a better argument other then "people are too stupid and will get confused so easily!". an example against ฿ in favor of Ƀ... "฿ looks far too cluttered and cramped compared with Ƀ which is bolder, far cleaner and somewhat stylish".
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July 13, 2011, 02:45:25 PM
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July 13, 2011, 03:27:08 PM
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There are a lot of latin letters or other symbols we can use to represent bitcoin, and how anyone can think it's logical to steal another currency's symbol is beyond me.

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July 13, 2011, 04:16:16 PM
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does anyone actually bother to read a thread before posting?
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July 13, 2011, 04:52:05 PM
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It's not a matter of "stealing" another currency's symbol, but for example there may be some confusion if I use "$" in an international context (i.e. on the internet) and assume you will know I mean Mexican pesos or whatever. No problem if we both know we are talking about Mexico.

I like the circled "B" that looks like a copyright symbol personally, since it actually looks like a coin. Sure you could lobby for a new Unicode symbol but fonts would also have to be updated to support it. Ideally the symbol should be supported by most Unicode fonts already.

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July 13, 2011, 04:52:40 PM
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does anyone actually bother to read a thread before posting?

Sure. I just disagree with you.
As someone who suffers under a system of the overloaded use of $ - I disagree with using the ฿.

Sometimes it's just not clear whether a site is pricing in AUD or USD. It wasn't an issue before global ecommerce - it's now an (admittedly slight) annoyance.




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July 13, 2011, 05:04:55 PM
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I think everyone is looking at things the wrong way.   Take the least used currency symbol out of the current options, repurpose it.

The majority will rule as to what is accepted as what that symbol represents.   You can argue that there is already established history with those older currency symbols and I would argue that we all have a better chance of grabbing a symbol that is already in everyone's computer as a special character than we do attempting to add a new symbol into older established systems that use these characters.

฿

Here by symbolizes Bitcoin currency.   The people who deal with business in Thai money can at this point continue to use their older form of currency and symbol, who cares, as I would argue there are more Bitcoin users actively using a currency symbol in their day to day life than Thai people using that symbol on a day to day basis.   Break down some numbers people, this isn't a joke, you know the acceptance of Bitcoin currency is stronger than the Thai dollar.  It is about time the Thai people jump on board with a better currency, and I think will be pleased a symbol that was once held for them represents something much great for the whole world Smiley

Best part about using the ฿ symbol, is no one in this thread needs to agree on if it is a good choice or not.  Enough Bitcoin business' already use this, just keep doing what you are doing, and if you are for this initiative, just use the ฿ instead of "btc" or even "Bitcoin" when referencing something having to do with a Bitcoin price.

Also, this isn't quoted enough if this thread.



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July 13, 2011, 05:46:51 PM
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Break down some numbers people, this isn't a joke, you know the acceptance of Bitcoin currency is stronger than the Thai dollar.  
I don't know such a thing..   with the Thai GDP at over  300Billion USD$ equiv  - I'm pretty sure nearly everyone I know would accept 31Million Thai Baht over 71500 BTC - even assuming they both theoretically exchange to about $1M USD.

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Best part about using the ฿ symbol, is no one in this thread needs to agree on if it is a good choice or not.  Enough Bitcoin business' already use this, just keep doing what you are doing, and if you are for this initiative, just use the ฿ instead of "btc" or even "Bitcoin" when referencing something having to do with a Bitcoin price.
meh.. I'll stick to using BTC.   You may be right that it's a losing battle though.




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July 13, 2011, 06:01:54 PM
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 You may be right that it's a losing battle though.
It is.  Fighting the color chart fight is good one, that is interesting and has merit.

This making the symbol, it's too late.  Obviously there is no numbers, but the amount of business' using Bitcoin versus how many of them are on these specific forums, I do not believe relates as much as people might think.

The sooner people accept this portion that has already been established in a 'natural' way the sooner we can progress with Bitcoin in other regards.  Seriously too, this thread is far too big for a bunch of people attempting to take on and control something that is something no one can control (at this point mind you, this thread should have been made 2 years ago and ended then).

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July 13, 2011, 07:10:09 PM
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Seems BTC is the natural choice...

Enjoying the discussion about a symbol to use  Grin
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July 13, 2011, 09:01:54 PM
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This making the symbol, it's too late.  Obviously there is no numbers, but the amount of business' using Bitcoin versus how many of them are on these specific forums, I do not believe relates as much as people might think.

On the other hand, it appears that large numbers of people rely on only a handful of sites to check exchange rates. Whatever they use pretty much becomes the de facto standard. So far that would seem to be "BTC".

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