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April 26, 2011, 07:31:48 AM
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Mod note: split from "BitCoin Coming to an End?"

I'm sorry to whale on the noob BUT the title of this thread is both idiotic and provocative.


Perhaps we should have special section of the forum set aside for idiotic noobs to post provocative questions, and we don't have to read the titles at all?

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April 26, 2011, 09:44:06 AM
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I admin another technical Forum and that has been a thought of mine for some time.

Forum groups assigned ~3 levels - 1.Newbie, 2.Experienced and 3.Guru.

Newbies can read 1, 2 and maybe 3, but can only post in group 1 initially.

After while (certain number of posts, time since joining or similair), an admin reviews their last X posts for signs of maturity, comprehension, manners (being nice/helpful to other newbies) etc, and if they look like they have half a brain, they get to post in the 2. mid-range groups.

If they want to participate in the 3.top-level groups, where the coders, network guru's, and people who have a real understanding of what "money is" discuss topics that are not benefited by having some n00b throw poorly considered opinions in, then they can PM an admin and explain why they think they are qualified or should be allowed to disturb/participate in high level conversations.

I realise it sounds a bit elitist, but you wouldnt expect a group of professionals or specialists to be able hold a useful discussion in a public place where anyone can interrupt without a moments thought.

In the case of bitcoin, which is a deeply technical system requiring some serious education/learning to understand, that also interacts with a topic that everyone has an opinion on (money), I think it would be a good idea.
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April 26, 2011, 10:54:24 AM
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I admin another technical Forum and that has been a thought of mine for some time.

Forum groups assigned ~3 levels - 1.Newbie, 2.Experienced and 3.Guru.

Newbies can read 1, 2 and maybe 3, but can only post in group 1 initially.

After while (certain number of posts, time since joining or similair), an admin reviews their last X posts for signs of maturity, comprehension, manners (being nice/helpful to other newbies) etc, and if they look like they have half a brain, they get to post in the 2. mid-range groups.

If they want to participate in the 3.top-level groups, where the coders, network guru's, and people who have a real understanding of what "money is" discuss topics that are not benefited by having some n00b throw poorly considered opinions in, then they can PM an admin and explain why they think they are qualified or should be allowed to disturb/participate in high level conversations.

I realise it sounds a bit elitist, but you wouldnt expect a group of professionals or specialists to be able hold a useful discussion in a public place where anyone can interrupt without a moments thought.

In the case of bitcoin, which is a deeply technical system requiring some serious education/learning to understand, that also interacts with a topic that everyone has an opinion on (money), I think it would be a good idea.


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April 26, 2011, 02:53:32 PM
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I admin another technical Forum and that has been a thought of mine for some time.

Forum groups assigned ~3 levels - 1.Newbie, 2.Experienced and 3.Guru.

Newbies can read 1, 2 and maybe 3, but can only post in group 1 initially.

etc

I'd prefer a solution where there are clearly delineated newbie zones and pro zones (i.e. separate boards.) Newbies can initially post in the pro zones, but will be temporarily banned from posting if they post crappy posts.
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April 26, 2011, 04:07:06 PM
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I'd prefer a solution where there are clearly delineated newbie zones and pro zones (i.e. separate boards.) Newbies can initially post in the pro zones, but will be temporarily banned from posting if they post crappy posts.
I don't personally enjoy the type of elitist segregation that a "pro zone" implies, especially on a project that purposefully puts us all as equals.

We already have the Development & Technical Discussion sub-forum. Is that not good enough? Mods are free to move irrelevant threads out of that sub-forum and into Bitcoin Discussion or Technical Support.

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I'd prefer a solution where there are clearly delineated newbie zones and pro zones (i.e. separate boards.) Newbies can initially post in the pro zones, but will be temporarily banned from posting if they post crappy posts.
I don't personally enjoy the type of elitist segregation that a "pro zone" implies, especially on a project that purposefully puts us all as equals.

We already have the Development & Technical Discussion sub-forum. Is that not good enough? Mods are free to move irrelevant threads out of that sub-forum and into Bitcoin Discussion or Technical Support.

+1

In the areas where there are a lot of dumb questions (Bitcoin Discussion, Economics) I haven't seen much pro involvement other than wrangling noobs.  Discussion and Economics have a very low signal-noise ratio, but all the valuable signals usually fit better in other areas anyway.

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April 26, 2011, 04:41:46 PM
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I don't personally enjoy the type of elitist segregation that a "pro zone" implies, especially on a project that purposefully puts us all as equals.
Agreed.

What about a sticky in the Bitcoin Discussion section titled "BITCOIN FAQ: NEW MEMBERS, READ BEFORE POSTING".  This thread could contain answers to common newbie questions.

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April 26, 2011, 04:50:01 PM
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that would probably be good enough. further discussion here - http://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=6155.msg90223#msg90223

eMansipater offered to write up an OP. We should try to keep it ontopic and uncluttered with discussions like these.

we should do this ASAP
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April 26, 2011, 07:53:27 PM
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I'm working on it now.  I'm doing a first post with an intro that every newcomer should read, and then follow up posts on specific questions linked back to an index in the first one.  I'm just going by my own experience, but people are welcome suggest specific points that should be included.

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April 26, 2011, 10:42:01 PM
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I'm working on it now.
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April 26, 2011, 10:49:31 PM
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I'm working on it now.  I'm doing a first post with an intro that every newcomer should read, and then follow up posts on specific questions linked back to an index in the first one.  I'm just going by my own experience, but people are welcome suggest specific points that should be included.
Would you have the time to prepare some PPT/Google Doc slides for Bitcoin group presentations? I think it would be very beneficial to presenters (Plato initially) to have a well thought out slide presentation to utilize during lectures. A public set of slides available to the community to utilize as needed would be fantastic.

If you can't fit it on your plate I may take a stab at it or start a bounty for it. Could we plagiarize some of your text for it? Smiley
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April 27, 2011, 12:44:38 AM
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In the areas where there are a lot of dumb questions (Bitcoin Discussion, Economics) I haven't seen much pro involvement other than wrangling noobs.  Discussion and Economics have a very low signal-noise ratio, but all the valuable signals usually fit better in other areas anyway.

Holy shit.  You're speaking my language.  Are you a comm engineer?
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April 27, 2011, 01:04:28 AM
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I'm working on it now.  I'm doing a first post with an intro that every newcomer should read, and then follow up posts on specific questions linked back to an index in the first one.  I'm just going by my own experience, but people are welcome suggest specific points that should be included.
Would you have the time to prepare some PPT/Google Doc slides for Bitcoin group presentations? I think it would be very beneficial to presenters (Plato initially) to have a well thought out slide presentation to utilize during lectures. A public set of slides available to the community to utilize as needed would be fantastic.

If you can't fit it on your plate I may take a stab at it or start a bounty for it. Could we plagiarize some of your text for it? Smiley


Feel free to plagiarise away--I don't believe in intellectual property.  Attribution does help people find more quality information, though, so it's nice.  I would love to do up some slides as well.  The primary constraint is my time--bounties or donations, especially for work already done, definitely helps to justify the time away from other projects (I work for myself).  If you use something I've done or want to support it, then even a few coins lets me know I'm at least on the right track.  With the intro post I'm going try using different donation addresses per question so people can have a way to tell me which ones are the most useful.  I'd work on BitCoin usability all day if the community wanted to support it!

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April 27, 2011, 01:15:42 AM
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Will BitCoin ever come to a complete stop? I mean, if more and more people find out, start mining, and join pools. Wouldn't BitCoin have inflation? Does BitCoin ever "start over" or get rid of BTC to stop inflation? I'm just wondering, cause it says that it increases the level of mining, but what if you got 1 million computers that you have access to and stick a couple of minors on them? Wouldn't that actually increase inflation? In my point of view, BitCoin seems as if it has one flaw. Who ever has the most computers or better hardware gets the most BitCoins.

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April 27, 2011, 02:57:34 AM
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Hardly anyone reads FAQ posts, and even fewer people read giant walls of text not organized into sections. Just post a link to a "canonical topic" in response to repeated questions.

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April 27, 2011, 03:06:30 AM
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It would be cool to set up a bitcoin.org newsgroup server for serious discussion. Possibly this could also be attached to a mailing list system.

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April 27, 2011, 03:12:12 AM
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It would be cool to set up a bitcoin.org newsgroup server for serious discussion. Possibly this could also be attached to a mailing list system.

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April 27, 2011, 03:51:39 AM
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In the areas where there are a lot of dumb questions (Bitcoin Discussion, Economics) I haven't seen much pro involvement other than wrangling noobs.  Discussion and Economics have a very low signal-noise ratio, but all the valuable signals usually fit better in other areas anyway.
Holy shit.  You're speaking my language.  Are you a comm engineer?
That's a common expression among educated people, you don't need to be a comm engineer.

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April 27, 2011, 05:16:24 AM
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Here's an out-there idea.

We use something along the lines of a rating system as described below :

I admin another technical Forum and that has been a thought of mine for some time.

Forum groups assigned ~3 levels - 1.Newbie, 2.Experienced and 3.Guru.

Newbies can read 1, 2 and maybe 3, but can only post in group 1 initially.

After while (certain number of posts, time since joining or similair), an admin reviews their last X posts for signs of maturity, comprehension, manners (being nice/helpful to other newbies) etc, and if they look like they have half a brain, they get to post in the 2. mid-range groups.

If they want to participate in the 3.top-level groups, where the coders, network guru's, and people who have a real understanding of what "money is" discuss topics that are not benefited by having some n00b throw poorly considered opinions in, then they can PM an admin and explain why they think they are qualified or should be allowed to disturb/participate in high level conversations.

I realise it sounds a bit elitist, but you wouldnt expect a group of professionals or specialists to be able hold a useful discussion in a public place where anyone can interrupt without a moments thought.

In the case of bitcoin, which is a deeply technical system requiring some serious education/learning to understand, that also interacts with a topic that everyone has an opinion on (money), I think it would be a good idea.


and then have one of those pages like the s/ware user agreement spiels with the tick box at the bottom but instead have a short multi-choice that the reader has to get correct before they move to the next level ... doesn't have a need for human monitoring for something growing so fast and only needs to be a basic question/answer on material/topics like those that can be picked up at the wiki, sticky or more commonly discussed topics.

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April 27, 2011, 11:12:50 AM
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In the areas where there are a lot of dumb questions (Bitcoin Discussion, Economics) I haven't seen much pro involvement other than wrangling noobs.  Discussion and Economics have a very low signal-noise ratio, but all the valuable signals usually fit better in other areas anyway.
Holy shit.  You're speaking my language.  Are you a comm engineer?
That's a common expression among educated people, you don't need to be a comm engineer.

I rarely hear it used by non engineers. That probably says something about the company I keep...
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