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April 11, 2012, 10:57:14 PM
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Please read this entire thread to the bottom. You will be pleasantly surprised.

Lately, the hard work we have put in at the Bitcoin Magazine has caused some unwanted delays. Since I am personally obsessed with quality and think products like “Coineer” are as bad as what my grandma would make in Microsoft Publisher, it is difficult for me to accept poor quality in my own products.

This is why I stand out in the myriad of poor quality sites and services in Bitcoin. Although DialCoin for example was expensive (SMS fees make it prohibitive to run such a business unless your customers are desperate for coins, wish to retain their anonymity, or are using credit rollovers.), the website design was headed by me. Everything down to the character's name “Selly” was a brainchild of mine. I am proud of the design and form of DialCoin.com, and even if it were to close someday, I would never forget how hard I worked to bring it up with my hard working team.

Now aside from a handheld Bitcoin device that will bring Bitcoin to everyone's pockets, a social network that will revolutionize the way people interact and treat the internet, and a few other projects of less importance, I also founded the Bitcoin Magazine (which is actually a spinoff from BitTalk.TV, which started out as a half-serious trollfest and ended up proving to be moderately successful with more views than most of Bruce's videos at the time).

Since I founded the DCAO, we've brought in over 50 long term members that have acted as a support group and consist of some of the strongest and most adamant names in Bitcoin. It's a mixed lot, but all of them have one thing in common-- they understand that I enjoy trolling, although some obviously don't approve because they think I should just “grow up”. This group has acted as a sort of support group for someone like myself whom has had little education in economics or politics. These past 8 months have really opened by eyes to the misconceptions people have about Bitcoin, allowed me to feel out my surroundings, but most important of all -- to actually understand the reason why Bitcoin is important for all of us.

When I first started the Bitcoin Magazine, I was thinking about entertainment over education to be honest, and I was planning on providing comics, satire, and something light hearted to keep the community from killing itself. That is until we started getting contacted by major media outlets, freedom organizations asking for 100s of bulk copies for redistribution, etc. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I had just taken a front seat to one of the most important positions in the Bitcoin community-- managing the collective voice of Bitcoin for the outside world.

I admit that the job of managing what would reflect on Bitcoin for better or worse seemed extremely daunting at first, but then something happened. Either aspergers cleared up (I'm actually at the average age where it would), or I did what I always do-- realized my potential and got serious about it. That's why we brought in some major writers, a new editorial board, professional illustrators (not cheap), and some people who knew better what they were doing than myself. Still, I have been told numerous times by multiple people in and around the magazine that skill can be lent, but vision and personality cannot, and for that reason, they would not want me to step down-- that they want my insights, obsession to details and quality, and overall comical attitude injected into a magazine to help lighten it up and make it readable for people of all ages.

I have done a lot of soul searching and seeking out my philosophy, and although I'm still building my opinions of the world, I think what Bitcoin needs most desperately above all else is a neutral voice that is loud. Even when the news doesn't favor Bitcoin, I will publish it, because truth promotes correction. And when the news does favor Bitcoin, it is best that it is delivered in a quality manner that is not treated like a joke. This is something we are fully prepared to do.

On the topic of trolling, I have logged 50+ days of activity on the forums, and a great number of my posts have been egoistical, rude, vulgar, abusive, aggressive, and downright vile. While some would see this as a sign that I have lost my mind, those closest to me know the secret – it's how I get my energy (silly, ey?).

My sadistic and dark humor (Robot Chicken, FilmCow, David Firth, etc) is unique, misunderstood, and most certainly immature, but it has always served to fuel truer intentions and good ideas.

When I first came to the forums, I was wide-eyed, humble, helpful and polite, but was met with harsh trolling, brutal ignorance, and constant misjudgments (read: BitMole vs. KeyserSoze). This and being labeled a scammer merely for defending myself led me to believe that the very forums of Bitcointalk.org were essentially a joke, and deserved anything it gets.

This harsh mentality has changed little by little the more successful I became in the community and the more important my projects became (arguably, this could also be coincidence and just that the aspergers is clearing up at my age). My mother used to tell me “You are not ready/mature enough for _____”, and I would always mouth back “I need to have ____ before I can be ready/mature enough for it.”. I have no method to measure how many others share this feeling, but I believe wholeheartedly that my personality changes with responsibilities.

With the professional responsibility of keeping a community happy, providing a professional and high quality product, and defending the company, this project has already had what feels like a lifetime of experience plunged into it in the mere 3 months we have been working on it. We've had harsh disagreements, hard lessons, but also huge insights and great support.

When I wake up these days, I look in the mirror and I don't see a troll and a goofball anymore – I see a future political activist that has been craving since birth to have something to sink his teeth into, and I finally believe I understand Bitcoin enough to know my place. I will not stop my development of other projects, management of other businesses, nor hobbies in or outside Korea, but I do take the long term success of the Bitcoin Magazine to heart and would soon rather suicide than let it fail.

There is an issue of my activities recently, such as announcing the support of a young model in South Korea whom certain parties seem to feel is inappropriate (actually, investors have flat out said it). I am not sure if I care much personally about what people think of my activities or intentions (certainly don't care what SA goons, especially Buttcoin.org, which is planning on writing up a Bruce Wagner style slanderous exposé  trying to convince anyone who will listen that teaching a 17 year old model about bitcoin somehow means I am a pedophile), but I am starting to grasp that it's time to turn the trolling off and get more serious on my public image.

It has been a very fun run, lots of juice scandals, nerd gossip, name calling, and even the SA trolls have provided me with some epic laughs, but I think for the betterment of my future, the magazine's future, and Bitcoin's future, I will be retiring as forum troll.

From now on if anyone has a comment about me, I'm going to let the community do what they do best – speculate, and let the trolls do what they do best – fabricate. This will be hard for me since I typically can't resist snarkily tearing other trolls apart for spreading FUD, but my new-found philosophy has opened my eyes widely to a much larger troll in our midst, and every able body should be on board.

Here's to a new Matthew N. Wright on the forums, an absolute predictable barrage of baseless slander from anti-Bitcoin SA goons regarding this post (which will never be met with any response unless police are involved, with which lawsuits will be the response), and a ridiculously successful Bitcoin Magazine (and other projects) that will piss them the fuck off. Wink

Sincerely strapped in for the rest of my life,

Moi.

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April 11, 2012, 11:01:48 PM
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Please read this entire thread to the bottom. You will be pleasantly surprised.


I couldn't do it.  Sorry.

Patiently waiting for the magazine.

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April 11, 2012, 11:03:58 PM
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I missed all of this just hanging out in the Loans forum and IRC with neckbeards. No idea what you are talking about but cool story bro. I did see the Korean model thing. Would probably be better convincing Koreans to start local exchanges there than using cake to spread publicity
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April 11, 2012, 11:11:19 PM
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good luck matthew, are you sure you want to give up cold-turkey? it might pay to ease into it Smiley

how about a more 'serious' avatar?
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April 11, 2012, 11:17:40 PM
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Read the first half, skimmed the second.

We've been friends since I got here, but hurry your ass up already!

Being professional doesent take this long my man

However, let me know if there is anything I can do to help  Smiley

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April 11, 2012, 11:31:16 PM
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Glad to hear your ready to enter into Troll Therapy - Don't let the door hit you on the way out! Tongue
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April 11, 2012, 11:32:08 PM
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I applaud this action!

Bitcoin needs more professionalism.

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April 11, 2012, 11:34:42 PM
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I don't want to grow up,
I don't want to get a job,
wear a serious expression,
every time I get high...

No, really, umm, it's cool to mature past the role of forum troll, although, in fairness you were pretty damn good at it, and I enjoyed the spirit of your posts for exactly what they were; sagacious grist for the fun-pokery mill.

That being said- somebody thought you were a pedo for your efforts to promote Yoon? Despite the obvious mis-characterization of a 17 year old, those folks probably have some serious issues they need to confront long before they rip on you for what was very clearly just another angle to take bitcoin out into the world. Like maybe they should never be allowed to bablysit anybody under the age of 45, and the whole family needs to learn about the forbidden swimming suit zones if they see something evil in what you were up to. Not many of the sanctimonious folks here who claim to be all pro-bitcoin and willing to do anything to help facilitate world-wide acceptance would think of embracing a tech-savvy demographic like K-Pop glamor girls, and then actually bringing them into the fold as full-fledged citizens of this strange world. I salute your outside the box thinking. Not only for the Yoon Episode, but for all the rest of the righteous clarity, intelligent wit, and sometimes impish cheek you bring to the discussion.


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April 11, 2012, 11:35:31 PM
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I liked your first serious posts. And the tie.   Cheesy

You guys have really come up with somethin'
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April 11, 2012, 11:36:07 PM
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It´s ready when it´s ready!

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Just read a few words ... but anyhow could be or so ... couldn´t it?

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April 11, 2012, 11:40:19 PM
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I give him a week before he cracks.

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April 11, 2012, 11:49:04 PM
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      “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”

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April 11, 2012, 11:51:51 PM
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Now aside from a handheld Bitcoin device that will bring Bitcoin to everyone's pockets, a social network that will revolutionize the way people interact and treat the internet, and [...]

What is the handheld device?

What is the social network?
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Now aside from a handheld Bitcoin device that will bring Bitcoin to everyone's pockets, a social network that will revolutionize the way people interact and treat the internet, and [...]

What is the handheld device?

What is the social network?

It's called "bait".

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April 12, 2012, 12:37:01 AM
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Matthew - great post my man.

What you describe about the change from troll to purpose-driven enthusiast is something I've witnessed in you as well and can verify it. You were someone who was not starry-eyed about Bitcoin in the least when you first stumbled upon it, and few people could tell if you actually even cared about the currency at all. This gave you a certain critical eye and objective understanding of the culture surrounding Bitcoin, and from this you've grown into a very respectable contributor to this wild project.

I've enjoyed our discussions and consider you one of the most valuable members of the community, for a number of reasons. I'm very glad you've come to see the tremendous importance of this project and I know the project is advanced by your efforts.

Now hurry the fuck up with the magazine because we want to read it!!!
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April 12, 2012, 12:52:25 AM
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Reserve some sections of the forum for trolling, and keep the rest on the straight and narrow to save your sanity.  Lots in the off-topic section that should provide an expressive outlet.
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I'm waiting for the pirated version. Tongue

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Sincerely strapped in for the rest of my life,

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April 12, 2012, 02:30:19 AM
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Matthew,

I'd like to think of myself as an excellent judge of character, what with my background in social work/psychology and my experience as a counselor and therapist.  I also meticulously scrutinize the language that people use when they communicate as it is a direct reflection of their state of mind -- after all, people think with language, and if they don't make sense out loud or in print, chances are that they are similarly confused in their heads.

That being said, you DO stand out from everybody.  You have something special, and what's even more refreshing is that you know you have something special.  In my honest opinion (I hope everybody reads this, although I doubt any but a few will care) you are easily one of the most intelligent and thoughtful people in the Bitcoin community, and everybody could learn a thing or two from you. 

You WILL be successful.  Just be yourself, regardless of what persona you need to don to fulfill whatever responsibilities you currently have.  You are remorselessly you.  Few people truly realize that this and this alone is the key to success.

I sincerely wish you the best of luck...

...you can finish wiping your tears now.  Seriously, stop that.

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April 12, 2012, 02:32:20 AM
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Semi-factual, semi-paraphrased cliffnotes:

I value quality. Bitcoin Magazine has been delayed due to high values, and I do not apologize for it.

I am proud of my past creations, such as Dialcoin. While it may not be what everyone seeks, I feel pleased knowing how much careful effort I put in it. I feel a sense of calm knowing how well-constructed my creations are, even if they are not financial blockbusters.

The DCAO innovates, and has brought 50 long-term members on-board. They have greatly influenced and supported me. They have guided me along in understanding Bitcoin, the community, and my role in that community. They have helped me arrive to what I believe are more mature and thought-out beliefs regarding what this community is. In particular, while I was originally jaded by the community's hostile actions toward me, I have since come to believe there is much more productive and sincere activity going on behind the shit-flinging which I suppose dominates most Internet forums. While the occasional shit-flinging is an enjoyable, energizing activity for me, I want everyone to know that, within myself, I am more dedicated, sincerely excited about, and willing to work toward a stronger cryptocurrency, a better-informed and more open community, and efficient, helpful services.

I originally thought of Bitcoin Magazine as something much smaller than it has become. I have received contacts from multiple large organizations, both political and non-political in nature, seeking bulk orders of Bitcoin Magazine. I realize that my current goal in creating Bitcoin Magazine is not to provide some humor to the community, but to become the collective voice of Bitcoin for the outside world. In doing so, I realized the opportunity which was presented to me: I am able to greatly impact the future of Bitcoin. Upon this realization, I have taken Bitcoin Magazine much more seriously, and have spent increased time, effort, and money on getting Bitcoin Magazine to a level of quality I am pleased with.

I believe Bitcoin needs now, more than ever, a loud neutral voice to bridge gaps between those of strong opinions, and allow the curious to understand Bitcoin and the community better without being subjected to extreme, hostile, and unproductive arguments rather than thoughtful discussion. As well, truth corrects misguided action. We need as much truth as possible, and I will publish all which I am able which provides to a productive discussion on Bitcoin, its community, and its related services.

Bitcoin Magazine is my life (though I will not be abandoning my other projects), and I want everyone to know this. I believe in it so much, I pledge fully to make it succeed, and it will have great impact on the future of Bitcoin. I am so committed to this new life, where Bitcoin Magazine is greater than myself, that I retire my forum persona. I will no longer troll the forum. That is how seriously I take this responsibility, and the standards I demand of myself. I hope you will exceed my standards, and challenge me to rise higher. I issue this challenge in utter sincerity.


Now go read the OP, dipshits.

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