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June 24, 2019, 05:51:06 PM
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UPDATED 07.08.2019

My 6th anniversary on Bitcointalk forum was a few weeks ago and I am just a Hero member because never rushed to rank up. Additionally, the merit system was introduced, just a couple of days, before my promotion and I was, still a Senior member back then. To be honest, I was promoted to Hero only a few weeks ago Grin.

I knew about the Bitcointalk forum, long before I have registered my first account, which was opened after a year of only reading and got hacked when passwords leaked for the first time.
Couldn't claim back, because lost access to the email and there was no whitelisted BTC address in my account. Took me another couple of months to open my actual, second account.
Until the end of the 2014 year, quality of discussions on the Bitcointalk forum was on a very high level. I couldn't join these discussions because of lack, of knowledge about cryptocurrencies.
Already in my first account, I had only a couple of posts and only in threads like "introduce yourself"  Wink or giveaways.

I was interested in the BTC revolution and tried to read a lot about decentalisation, anonymity, Satoshi Nakamoto and how all this works in details. Bitcointalk.org was the only source of knowledge, about BTC and crypto back then. I started to mine with my laptop, so I was reading all I could find about BTC mining. For some time, I was able to mine solo at the start and in pools after some time. Later switched to LTC and stopped finally, when was not possible to mine on a regular laptop (without dedicated ASIC miners). Additionally because of health and financial problems in my personal life, which is important to be mentioned here for the rest of the story.

At the start of the merit system, I was really mad because it took me by surprise and the last few weeks I counted every day to my Hero promotion.
I was shocked, mad, disappointed, surprised when finally the merit system was introduced. With the time passing by started to appreciate the new system, when I saw how big impact it has on me and the forum as a whole. From a total shitposter, I evaluated to the 100 Most Merited Members Club (position 92) and finally, after so many years I feel like a real member of this forum.



To help a little on the forum, I have reported thousands of spammy posts, forum rules abuse, bots, alt accounts, bot farms, etc. Never wanted to be famous because of this and always used the "report button". That was at the end of 2017 when there was a lot of spam and I haven't seen any changes because of my reports, so I changed my tactic and joined the [CLUB] The SpamBusters! from the very beginning, to report abuse more efficiently. We have reported multiple threads in this club and work until today very closely with moderators on reports, to get the most value from our work. After over 2600 reports my accuracy is still at 100%.

With the introduction of the merit system, spam was significantly stopped and I took a different approach to contribute, to the forum. Started to do something, with my local Polish community, which was almost dead at the moment. There was no posts, active members, only full of useless altcoins ann and bounty threads. Started to post there frequently, new and engaging content, despite I was talking to myself for a while. Finally, when I have published the most merited, recognized and visited thread in Polish section: Czemu nie nagradzamy sie Meritami?, things started to change and today we have a decent local section, even with a few members between the 200 most merited once. From the last places, Polish local board goes up (like BTC price  Wink) and sometimes we see top positions in merit awards, published post and other rankings.



Today I enjoy my frequent writings on the forum. My next goal is to achieve the Legendary rank. I give myself a year to do this because is good to have clear goals in every aspect of our lives.
I hope it will be enough. Anyways this is such a big difference because 2 years ago I couldn't believe I will be able to rank to Hero at all. I enjoy my contribution to the forum and organically am involved in many discussions. From last 2years I am frequently here (almost daily) and consider Bitcoin as the most known Bitcoin forum.

My journey with Bitcoin is another story. I can literally say that BTC saved my life and this is no joke.


As I have already mentioned, mined a few blocks and stopped with mining, when even LTC wasn't possible, to be mined with a regular laptop. That was in the years 2010 to the beginning of 2013. Later, I forget about BTC and crypto world for almost 2 years, because got very sick and almost died. After this, I couldn't work in my profession (I still can't until today) and actually wasn't living in my motherland for a long time, only changed countries every few years. In the age of 18, left my motherland and started, to travel the world. When I get sick, was already from 2 years in a new European country, where I had no social cover, insurance or even a home address.

Because of the sickness, I couldn't walk properly. I was able to move by myself only a few meters and you can't call it walking. So, I was sitting in a wheelchair and couldn't work in a foreign country, without the right to social welfare. I had no money, no work, so moved to a trailer of totally unknown, but very good people (they never asked for money) in the winter. I had no gas, electricity, internet or phone and that was slowly the end for me. Even if, I wanted to check the crypto news, wasn't able to, because I was fully isolated from the outside world. Finally, was the end of 2014 and I was already living for 2 years, totally broke in this trailer, without any plans for the future, only with a lot of debts and very black, stupid thoughts, crawling slowly in my head. Still couldn't walk properly, but was able to move around on crutches.

One day, I was going to the hospital for therapy, with a paid city bus and I heard there on the radio, that BTC was already at ATH some time ago and started to fall down very fast.
I knew that mined something but wasn't sure how much. Laptop on which I mined, was still up and running. I had all the files still there. When I was finally back home, I had to find an internet connection somewhere and all info, how to recover my wallets and BTC. Only this took me a few days. You just can't imagine, how difficult life can be, such a normal task can be an overwhelming problem, especially if you are totally broke and sick.

I remember how my hands shake when I found the dat.file. The time needed to sync the old wallet with blockchain data from a few years was the longest time in my life. Wasn't sure if, I will be able to send my coins, if not synced properly and when I finally saw the updated BTC balance in my wallet it was the best time of my life. Sold my BTC little later, only for $450 per BTC, but that was still enough to start a new life and open my own small business. So literally BTC saved my life and this is no joke.


This is my BTC, Bitcointalk story, what is yours?

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June 24, 2019, 05:56:06 PM
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Great story but I think this thread should be moved to Offtopic.

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June 24, 2019, 05:59:20 PM
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Great story but I think this thread should be moved to Offtopic.
Bitcoin Discussion, maybe.

Meta is about the forum, not that of Bitcoin.

"Discussion about the Bitcoin Forum."

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June 24, 2019, 06:19:22 PM
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Great story but I think this thread should be moved to Offtopic.
Bitcoin Discussion, maybe.
Meta is about the forum, not that of Bitcoin.
"Discussion about the Bitcoin Forum."

Please move the thread to the best suitable section.

I had a problem myself to choose a proper section for this thread. I thought about reputation but found a similar thread in meta some time ago and that is why decided to post it here.

My story is about Bitcointalk and BTC, so it can fit into both of these sections meta and bitcoin discussion.

I will leave it to moderators.

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June 24, 2019, 06:42:21 PM
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I had a problem myself to choose a proper section for this thread. I thought about reputation but found a similar thread in meta some time ago and that is why decided to post it here.

My story is about Bitcointalk and BTC, so it can fit into both of these sections meta and bitcoin discussion.

I will leave it to moderators.

I think you are refering to this thread. I don't mean to sound harsh, but this looks like what has been discussed around in some threads: merit fishing.

 I'm glad BTC saved you though  Smiley

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Maybe if you change the Title to "My Bitcointalk Forum , Btc Story" would be fits better , also i remember there was some kind of thread or 2 already for that here on Meta , but not 100 % sure !
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June 24, 2019, 06:56:46 PM
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I think you are refering to this thread. I don't mean to sound harsh, but this looks like what has been discussed around in some threads: merit fishing...

No, I am not referring to this thread. Why there is always someone who can see a hole in the whole?

Is my 6th anniversary here and I thought it would be a good time for such a summary. I have already written this story on Bitcointalk some time ago in a random post and thought that after an update it will be enough to start a thread and encourage other members to share their story. I was thinking about this thread for a longer time.

I would be happy to read such stories in meta and not only accusations and personal fights.

Merit fishing? Common look at my merits stats.

Maybe if you change the Title to "My Bitcointalk Forum , Btc Story" would be fits better ...

Thank you very much for this suggestion. I already changed it.



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So i wonder what sick do you suffer? and do you still running your small business until now?


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June 24, 2019, 07:26:11 PM
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So i wonder what sick do you suffer? and do you still running your small business until now?

I was never sick in my entire life, only some colds (when sleeping under a tree  Wink) or headaches. Until suddenly, one day in the morning, I couldn't move. I got so much pain in my legs that I have never experienced before in my entire life. I was taken to the hospital and it turned out that I have Thrombosis of both legs in six places, which is virtually unheard of. First of all, it's a disease of old people and I just started my 40 back then. Additionally, it's normally only in one or max two places in one leg, not in both and in six places.

Yes, I keep running my business. The only work I was able to do was in a sitting position. I had a professional driver license and a lot of experience as a professional driver, so I started a small taxi business which is growing each year and running smoothly. It was easy and only money was needed to start. Today after five years I hire 4 additional drivers and have a few cars in my fleet  Cheesy.

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Glad for you, even though my story is not as heroic as yours, but BTC or crypto to be exact helps my life too.
I'm still on college and able to bought laptop and phones with my own money, cover my daily expenses and sometime i paid my tuition fee if i had enough.
Btw i live on third world country so it's much cheaper compared to Europe


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You told us a great, and motivational story, from which we know that everyone has their own lives, own stories. It is just they tell their stories or not. If someone is do great works, to contribute for the forum, they deserve respectfulness.

I have nearly same situations with altcoins, that I liked them, and forgot (due to their low prices). One day, the pumped, and I don't remember the password I setup for wallets. That's a long and stressful weeks to try remember passwords. So, I understood what you experienced.

By the way, I am just curious that are you serious that you started your companies with just $450?
Anyway, congratulations because finally you still been here, and contributed great things for the forum community.
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Last edit: June 25, 2019, 12:02:21 PM by wwzsocki
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...By the way, I am just curious that are you serious that you started your companies with just $450?
Anyway, congratulations because finally you still been here, and contributed great things for the forum community...

First, I want to say Thanks to all the posters in this thread for your encouraging words.

Second, I will answer your question @thd26bct. I did not start my small business with only 450$ but sold single BTC for 450$ and I mined a few blocks solo   Wink.

When I heard about BTC was already too late and the price was almost 50% down from first ATH in 2014. This was the first time that something like this happened and many people suggested to hold. So I sold only so much to get my life back and thought that maybe will go up again. Finally, I had to sell when I was loosing more and more every day.



I would like to hear some stories from you Bitcointalk members. Share your Bitcointalk or BTC story if you have one!




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I would like to hear some stories from you Bitcointalk members. Share your Bitcointalk or BTC story if you have one!
I added your story into my thread: Inspirational stories from self-made promoted users
And, a typo found.
Thirst I want to say Thanks to all poster in this thread for your encouraging words.

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June 25, 2019, 09:08:22 AM
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...a typo found.
Thirst I want to say Thanks to all poster in this thread for your encouraging words.

Thank you very much. I awarded you with merit for this post because is clear that you have read the hall thread really closely and with attention.

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< ... >
Appreciated. I think I should share my story, that has been burried in mud, here.
A STORY OF A SELF-MADE SENIOR MEMBER

Welcome all to my topic,

Today, I will tell you my second story and give you some advice (if you not need them, just skip) for your later time spent in the forum.
More than one year ago, I felt like I will never hit the Full Member finish line, but I actually hit that line on December 13, 2018, or even some days sooner, I don't remember.
New Full Members:

RankUser nameBPIP profileBPIP Merit RECIEVEDBPIP Merit SENDTrustStatusPersonal comment about yourself
tranthidungtranthidungtranthidungtranthidung0: -0 / +0activeInformation expected
I felt happily when I hit that line. After that, I move my next finish line to Senior Member rank, and felt that journey will take around one more year.
Amazingly when after around 3 months (a little bit more than 3 months later), I hit the line.
Congratulations myself to become a new self-made Senior Member.

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tranthidungtranthidungtranthidungtranthidung0: -0 / +0activeInformation expected
It is important to take a note here, do you see the image below?

My activity count is 406, and my merit points is 258.
With the old ranking system, to hit Senior Memer line, you should have 250 activity count.
So, the ratio between  my current activity count / the required activity count of old ranking system for Sr. member is:
Code:
. di 406/250
1.624
~ 1.6, it means that to hit the same line (Sr. member) I need to spend around 60 percent more time.
Personally, it's not too hard, not too long. It's acceptable, I thought.  Roll Eyes

To be honest with you all, I did not imagine that I could be promoted to a Senior Member within only three months.
It is a big, very big shocking journey for myself.

Now, my story stopped there, and I will start giving you some advice if you want to move up with merit challenge.

To promote with merit system and new rank requirements, you should do following things.

(1) Never begging for merits
Reasons:
- Doing this will highly result in Red Trust, it is just the matter of time. Sooner or later, if you keep begging for merits, you will get Red Trust, certainly.
- Doing this don't help you to improve yourself. In long-term journey in the forum, it's not good for you, generally.

(2) Spending most of your time to read and learn
Only start composing your posts when you have something extremely constructive to discussions, topics.
Reasons:
- You are noobs, newbies (lack of knowledge, and experience), so what you think are constructive most likely unconstructive in reality.
- When you actually have reasons to start composing your posts, after finishing it, please re-read again and again to check that your posts are good in grammar, vocabularies, and good enough to express most of your ideas. I wrote most of your ideas because sometimes it is difficult for non-native English speakers to write down and completely express ideas by words. It's a challenge for non-native English speakers, who don't have English as their mother tongue.

(3) Never copy and paste without links to sources, or without quotes
Reasons:
- It is plagiarism, and punishments on plagiarism is kind of strictest ones in the forum.
Plagiarists who got permanent bans almost won't be allowed to come back.
There are new changes by @theymos, that allow perma-banned users give proofs, evidence of their contributions to the forum to come back.
But, the probabilty to have second chance is very very low.
There's been no policy change. redsn0w wasn't permanently banned due to several factors which made me think that permabanning him would be a net negative for the forum. Nobody is banned strictly because of "the rules"; it's always handled case-by-case, but almost always, plagiarists deserve to be permabanned.

If you think that a ban should be ended, make your case in a new topic from a "good for the forum as a whole" perspective.
You should not expect that chance when perma-banned due to plagiarism.
- How to insert quote, please look at the image. It is very easy, click on the quote button at the upper corner on the right side of each post you want to quote.
You need statistics on perma-banned users due to plagiarisms? There you go:
How many banned users have you merited? (by LoyceV)

(4) Never mind of bounties, campaigns when you are noobs
Reasons:
- Campaigns are there, open then close, then others open and close, from time to time. You should never worry that you miss this chance, that chance, this campaign, that campaign, something like this.
It is the same as merits. Lots of users complain that merits are rare, I can not get merits due to it is rare. Nope, merits (more exactly, sMerits - sendable merits) are available, everywhere in the forum. There are so many merit sources, normal users, who have lots of sMerits readily to send out. They kept them partially due to quality posts are rare, not sMerits.
- Instead of paying too much attention, and time on hunting for bounties, especially bounties that have easy rules and joinable for low rank users; you should start learning, reading, and build up your accounts.
When you hit your finish lines, it's time for you to seriously think of joining bounties.

(5) Learn from inspirational stories. Learn from merited users, topics, posts
Reading and learning from most merited users, and most merited topics, posts are one of the best way to improve your post quality, coherence and cohesion when you compose your posts, topics.
I have a topic on: Inspirational stories from self-made promoted users

(6) Spend your time to improve your English, especially Reading and Writing skills
Reasons:
- If you can not read posts or topic in English well, can not get ideas of posts' / topics' authors, it means that you have nothing to do in the forum.
Remember that you have to get their ideas well enough to not misunderstand their core ideas.
- Next, after reading good enough to catch authors' ideas, it is time for you to express your own ideas in case you have something to ask for help, something to discuss, or something meaningful to help others. This is the time you need to have good enough Writing skill.
This is why I mentioned you should improve your English skills, step by step, from Reading to Writing. Of course, you can improve both skills simultaneously.
The forum is the place almost solely for discussions via Reading and Writing.
You can find available sources for English learning in the References at the end of this OP.

Remember that promoting with merit system is a challenge, but you can do make it.
And, when got promoted, you are different, different from airdroped users at the same rank.
It means you will become more competitive when applying to join campaigns.


Now, let's get started with your own journey that lead to your finish lines!


References:
The most fundamental list of guides, that you should spend most of your time to read.
Those guides are helpful not only for promotions, but also for your crypto lives in general.
GUIDES] on Bitcointalk. Index thread (until there is a dedicated subforum?) (by LoyceV)

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June 25, 2019, 01:19:15 PM
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Quite an interesting and motivational story thanks for sharing and also congratulation on your ranking up. I would had loved to share my story here but as you can see I'm almost a Hero member too and I have already drafted out my celebration post so i won't want to be a spoiler. Truely it isn't easy ranking up to hero especially when you're just an average user like myself, currently I'm counting down my days too just as you were doing few months back (as stated in your OP) before the introduction of the merit system hopefully nothing new spoils my celebration  Grin

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I would like to hear some stories from you Bitcointalk members. Share your Bitcointalk or BTC story if you have one!

i think ive posted it a couple times but no idea when or where.

soo.. around mid 2011 on a tech forum, anandtech, there was a thread about this bitcoin thing. "mine" btc coins with (at that point) your graphic card. since i was familiar with distributed computing (folding@home, had some nvidia cards and a cpu aimed at it) i hunted some info down on bitcoin mining and such and finally aimed my ATI HD4850 on my daily driver rig at it. well it took a few tries between setting up the mining program, the core wallet and a pool account up, but finally, i got a payout in btc to my wallet.

now, the fun part. convert that to dollars in my bank account and see if this whole thing could work. much more reading, and finally mtgox and dwolla are set up. aaaand presto. money in the bank.

at this point i was much more aware of what bitcoin was really about.. not making money, but redefining money. and being your own bank, with all that entails. i was hooked.

but now to get the wife on board. since i had proved to both her and myself it really worked end to end (mining to meney in the bank), i convinced her to let me buy an ATI HD6870 (as ATI cards were the goto cards back then) i remember when i got it and proudly showed her the card she was like "WHAT?? $200 bucks for THAT??" she thought i was nuts. I thought it was a thing of beauty.

anyway i put it to work, showed it could put actual dollars in the bank if needed, and my btc journey began in earnest. later added a HD5830 and HD6770. ran those cards for years between btc and ltc mining. and i still have the cards. i will never get rid of them, and am tempted to gold plate the 4850 and 6870.. basically those two cards changed our lives.

of course then there were things like the lost coins due to stupidity on my part, the mtgox debacle, occasional scams, the crazy price rise and falls, all the stuff that makes crypto such an exiting place.

wouldnt of missed this for the world. well worth the admission price just for the entertainment value alone. and it did change our lives.

thank you bitcoin.

and thank you bitcointalk forum of course. without this forum and its members helping a total noob out my journey would of been much harder or may not of even happened.
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June 25, 2019, 03:39:22 PM
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Quite an interesting and motivational story thanks for sharing and also congratulation on your ranking up. I would had loved to share my story here but as you can see I'm almost a Hero member too and I have already drafted out my celebration post so i won't want to be a spoiler...

Thank you for your kind words and I would like to read your "celebration" post if possible. Please be so kind and post a link or quote the hall story. Why not?

This thread is for such stories and I assume a lot of members will be glad to have them in one place or even a few during the time.

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...I don't remember the password I setup for wallets. That's a long and stressful weeks to try remember passwords. So, I understood what you experienced...

Yes, I understand you fully. I wanted my post to be as short as possible because if somebody wants to read a book he buys one  Wink. So I had to cut the original post in which I described this situation with wallet fully. I couldn't find the keys first, but the major problem was that I had no internet. So I was traveling in my wheelchair through a very small village looking for open wifi  Grin. The best story begins when I found that wifi  Wink Grin.

...I have already drafted out my celebration post so i won't want to be a spoiler...

As I said before I would like to read your "celebration" post if possible. Please be so kind and post a link or quote the hall story. Why not?

...without this forum and its members helping a total noob out my journey would of been much harder or may not of even happened...

Thank you for sharing your story. I like it and ask for more!!!

...Appreciated. I think I should share my story, that has been burried in mud, here.

This is the right choice. I will be very happy to read more such stories.



From what I have seen this thread lose attention and I couldn't understand why? Now I know.

I see that is moved to Off-Topic section and nobody looks to this section TBH. I personally never did on my own.

Wasn't sure to which section publish this thread and I left the decision to moderators but to Off-Topic section? Why?

Finally is about BTC, Bitcointalk forum and there is so much mud in the meta section.

Is not worth to have one little different, more inspirational thread there, between all these scams and personal fights? Maybe not.

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June 26, 2019, 10:44:00 AM
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                                  ~snip~

I was never sick in my entire life, only some colds (when sleeping under a tree  Wink) or headaches. Until suddenly, one day in the morning, I couldn't move. I got so much pain in my legs that I have never experienced before in my entire life. I was taken to the hospital and it turned out that I have Thrombosis of both legs in six places, which is virtually unheard of. First of all, it's a disease of old people and I just started my 40 back then. Additionally, it's normally only in one or max two places in one leg, not in both and in six places.

Sorry for the off topic but is there any chance that your legs can perform again?i mean are those curable?was just concern since you have struggled a lot in your life.

Extending my Prayers for you mate and hope you can walk again normally..

I have no much more story to tell But i have found admiration from yours,thank you for sharing and happy 6th anniversary for your account
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