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Question: Should the Bitcoin symbol go before or after the value?
Before - 45 (72.6%)
After - 17 (27.4%)
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February 27, 2014, 01:37:27 AM
Last edit: February 27, 2014, 02:30:15 AM by Arcas
 #1

Does the BTC symbol go before the number such as $100, or does it go after the number such as 100¢?

It is critically important that we clarify the formatting of this.

Example:
BTC100
100BTC
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February 27, 2014, 02:22:41 AM
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seems like it should be before

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February 27, 2014, 02:25:55 AM
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I like before.
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February 27, 2014, 02:27:38 AM
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You should probably just make this is a poll though

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February 27, 2014, 02:29:46 AM
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You should probably just make this is a poll though
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February 27, 2014, 02:32:21 AM
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before

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February 27, 2014, 02:37:47 AM
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Definitely before.

The symbol for a satoshi, on the other hand, could be treated the same as the one for a cent, and placed after.

BTW, what is the symbol for a satoshi? Does it even have one?
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February 27, 2014, 02:39:03 AM
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Definitely before.

The symbol for a satoshi, on the other hand, could be treated the same as the one for a cent, and placed after.

BTW, what is the symbol for a satoshi? Does it even have one?

μ? In that case it would μBTC100. Sort of confusing.
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February 27, 2014, 03:26:30 AM
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There is a post somewhere on this forum (5 btc 0.001 milliBitcoin bounty were key terms in the thread) where a clever person suggested this format:

3฿234

This mean three leading zeros after the decimal place and then the numbers 234...it would look like this;

3฿234=0.000234 (ie, 0.234 m฿)

I think this deserves more thought now that a fair amount of time has passed.

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February 27, 2014, 04:55:14 AM
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Let's just go scientific on this. I mean we use milli- and micro- after all. So 1.000BTC.

Then again, I most commonly see it before just like the USD. So BTC1.000.

How about we just go crazy on this and place it on top if we're talking about BTC and below if we're talking about satoshi?  Huh

So: BTC
   1.000

Is 1 Bitcoin and

1.000
   BTC

is 1 Satoshi.

You know what...The foundation should develop a poll regarding this nomenclature...
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February 27, 2014, 05:04:14 AM
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Surely it goes before.

What we're missing is an official symbol to denote satoshis.
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February 27, 2014, 07:12:19 AM
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I like this:


BTC1.0001


0.00154BTC
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February 27, 2014, 07:23:59 AM
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I think we should really go for it...

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February 27, 2014, 07:24:51 AM
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US ≠ World

I have never seen the currency symbol positioned before the numbers where I live. So instead of confusing everyone here, due to the outcome of some random poll, I think I will continue putting it after the numbers.

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February 27, 2014, 10:03:03 AM
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Definitely after. Especially that you could also use BTC / mBTC, which would be confusing to add before the amount.

So
- 1.23 BTC
- 10 mBTC
- etc.


Poll results will be skewed though, because probably most people here come from the US, where you place the dollar sign before the amount Wink.

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February 27, 2014, 10:25:39 AM
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Quote from: Bitalo_Maciej
Poll results will be skewed though, because probably most people here come from the US, where you place the dollar sign before the amount Wink.

The same is true for euros and pounds so that covers most of the other people here Smiley
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February 27, 2014, 10:28:25 AM
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You should probably just make this is a poll though
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You understand that this is language (or culture) -dependent more than it is currency-dependent right? In english "10$" is always wrong (or at least not the preferred form) but in many other languages that would be fine and putting the symbol before the value would look just weird. The same thing will happen to BTC.

This poll is basically asking "where does your native language put the currency symbol".

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Poll results will be skewed though, because probably most people here come from the US, where you place the dollar sign before the amount Wink.

The same is true for euros and pounds so that covers most of the other people here Smiley
Er, no. My own guess is that in the native language of most EU citizens, the € comes after the value.
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February 27, 2014, 12:36:19 PM
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It seems that it varies from country to country:

Placement of the sign also varies. Partly since there are no official standards on placement,[9] countries have generated varying conventions or sustained those of their former currencies. For example, in Ireland and the Netherlands, where previous currency signs (£ and ƒ, respectively) were placed before the figure, the euro sign is universally placed in the same position.[10] In many other countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Spain, an amount such as €3.50 is often written as 3,50 € instead, largely in accordance with conventions for previous currencies and the way amounts are read aloud.

And even for dollar it seems that in some province of Canada, they place the symbol after the amount.

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February 27, 2014, 03:27:29 PM
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Definitely after. Especially that you could also use BTC / mBTC, which would be confusing to add before the amount.

So
- 1.23 BTC
- 10 mBTC
- etc.


Poll results will be skewed though, because probably most people here come from the US, where you place the dollar sign before the amount Wink.

I tend to agree with this since we apply scientific notation to the usage of BTC.

Part of me though says if we use a symbol like in accounting purposes we place it before, but if we use the abbreviation BTC, we use it after. After all, I don't see many people writing mBTC.

So we would have BTC1.2345 and BTC0.0401.
And we would have 1.2345 BTC and 40.1 mBTC.

Although...We could solve part of this conundrum by just creating a unique symbol for a satoshi. But then we'd have an issue with symbol placement again. After all, we but the $ before, but the ¢ after...

Gah! Undecided
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February 27, 2014, 03:35:49 PM
Last edit: February 27, 2014, 05:26:08 PM by Interjekcion
 #20

Oh, come on... Isn't this common sense? You're always supposed to put the currency symbol before the value. Let me explain why.

Lets say someone writes a will/check to give Dinky 50 Dollars. And in the document it is written as "50.00$."

Then, Dinky can easily change the value by editing the document and scratching in 1000 after the 50.00$ and claim he is entitled to "100050.00$."

This couldn't be done if the symbol came before the value "$50.00."
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