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October 08, 2014, 09:44:19 PM
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Give us some viable solutions instead of quoting the same thing over and over.

I told you already. Ban account selling. You banned kiddy porn right? Treat account selling like kiddie porn, knowing full well your users are going to trade it anyway. Porn can be traded in private and you wouldn't have a clue.
Won't work as has been explained to death.

Don't give me that crap it won't be effective. It will make it harder for people to buy and sell accounts if they can't use this forum as an advertisement platform to do so.
Fallacy. Won't change a thing. Period.

EDIT: Personal attacks do nothing for your credibility.

As you are defending abusers of the trust system, you are the last person who should be talking about credibility.
You say it's meaningless, why do you even care? All your spittle spraying, rantings, crap shoveling and plain FUD have shot your credibility to hell, if you even had any. What's next, are you going to fling feces and hold your breath?
I was interested in how you would credibly start a list of account buys and sells but I am no longer interested in anything you have to blather on about.

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October 08, 2014, 09:48:26 PM
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Look. If you can buy accounts, that means the trust system is meaningless, because it means you can buy trust. Within the bounds of the rules. Which is against the rules. Which makes the forum's current policies in contradiction with each other.

And you guys are just running in circles around me trying to say there is no problem here.

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October 08, 2014, 09:49:36 PM
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I was interested in how you would credibly start a list of account buys and sells but I am no longer interested in anything you have to blather on about.


I kind of wish you would stop talking, too.

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October 08, 2014, 09:50:22 PM
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You haven't been able to add anything to this discussion from the start. We don't have the power to change anything either because banning the sale of accounts will change absolutely nothing, but for some reason you are unable or unwilling to grasp this. How can you not comprehend this? Please tell me what good it would actually do? It wouldn't change a single thing except make it easier for people to fall victim to a bought account and that's why it is allowed.

You could simply ban account selling from the forum. That's what you do.

Then you still remind people that its possible that others are buying and selling accounts offsite, but its still illegal to do this onsite. So that's what you do.

It would do good because there wouldn't be as much buying and selling of accounts. I can't believe this isn't obvious to you. I don't think you can see things as clearly as you think that you do. Your position of power has warped your judgment to the viewpoint that you can do no wrong.

As an outsider, potential solutions to the problem are obvious. But you are fighting any sort of change tooth-and-nail, and I have better things to do with my time then help your forum maintain its existence. So much for credibility. To pretend this forum has any credibility is a disastrous lie.

TL;DR - You are openly endorsing crooked behavior by allowing account selling to continue unabated.

I haven't been warped by anything, I'm just able to look at this from outside the box whilst you are blinded by your own bias and somehow think banning it would make it decrease any less. You're so preoccupied with account selling being 'evil' (lol) that you think it should just be banished completely but cannot even look rationally at why banning will do nothing at all. Don't you know that prohibition or banning things never works? It just pushes the activity further underground and out of sight, that's it.

There is no whinging and whining going on. A simple statement of the facts, which you and others like you refuse to hear or give fair consideration.

You've spent the past two days whinging and whining. What facts have you stated exactly? I hope you're not confusing your opinion with one.

Give us some viable solutions instead of quoting the same thing over and over.

I told you already. Ban account selling. You banned kiddy porn right? Treat account selling like kiddie porn, knowing full well some of your users are going to trade it anyway.

Don't give me that crap it won't be effective. It will make it harder for people to buy and sell accounts if they can't use this forum as an advertisement platform to do so.

And we've told you already that banning it will do nothing. Making it slightly harder to buy/sell accounts is irrelevant. You're also forgetting not everyone thinks like you that accounts should be illegal/disallowed/discouraged/banned etc because thank satan your opinion doesn't make the rules here. And Kiddie porn is illegal, trading a bitcoin forum account isn't as much as you'd like it to be.

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October 08, 2014, 09:54:34 PM
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You haven't been able to add anything to this discussion from the start. We don't have the power to change anything either because banning the sale of accounts will change absolutely nothing, but for some reason you are unable or unwilling to grasp this. How can you not comprehend this? Please tell me what good it would actually do? It wouldn't change a single thing except make it easier for people to fall victim to a bought account and that's why it is allowed.

You could simply ban account selling from the forum. That's what you do.

Then you still remind people that its possible that others are buying and selling accounts offsite, but its still illegal to do this onsite. So that's what you do.

It would do good because there wouldn't be as much buying and selling of accounts. I can't believe this isn't obvious to you. I don't think you can see things as clearly as you think that you do. Your position of power has warped your judgment to the viewpoint that you can do no wrong.

As an outsider, potential solutions to the problem are obvious. But you are fighting any sort of change tooth-and-nail, and I have better things to do with my time then help your forum maintain its existence. So much for credibility. To pretend this forum has any credibility is a disastrous lie.

TL;DR - You are openly endorsing crooked behavior by allowing account selling to continue unabated.

I haven't been warped by anything, I'm just able to look at this from outside the box whilst you are blinded by your own bias and somehow think banning it would make it decrease any less. You're so preoccupied with account selling being 'evil' (lol) that you think it should just be banished completely but cannot even look rationally at why banning will do nothing at all. Don't you know that prohibition or banning things never works? It just pushes the activity further underground and out of sight, that's it.

There is no whinging and whining going on. A simple statement of the facts, which you and others like you refuse to hear or give fair consideration.

You've spent the past two days whinging and whining. What facts have you stated exactly? I hope you're not confusing your opinion with one.
An unrelated matter entirely. it is very difficult to discuss a personal matter such as the one regarding my purported "attempt at buying trust" without becoming emotional. The issue we are discussing here is forum corruption and inconsistency of policies. I made two statements in this thread. perhaps you should read these statements and analyze them for facts/opinions before resorting to a personal attack, which is a sure sign of a lack of an intelligent argument.

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October 08, 2014, 09:55:47 PM
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Exactly, but I don't think this guy is going to get it. Most people generally do seem to frown upon account selling and it's not 'endorsed' by this site or the admins. There's a difference between endorsing something and allowing something, especially something they cannot hope to or be expected to control. Also, even if account trading was banned, that wouldn't mean it's not going to happen and suddenly make trust 'meaningful' or 100% trustable.

Liability would be based on the specific facts and what a reasonable person would do.  The site has mechanisms in place to moderate and threads are deleted on a regular basis.  Under those conditions it may very well that the site would be expected to control those types of posts as much as reasonably possible.  By allowing the posts it could be seen as an implicit endorsement of those activities.  The fact that staff comes on here to ridicule those that complain about would certainly weigh heavily on the side of liability.  This is why normal businesses put in reasonable controls.  It is clear that hilariousandco has no concept of these issues or how they work in the real world.

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October 08, 2014, 10:00:43 PM
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Theymos had absolutely nothing to do with these bannings and most of the others that get banned. And this is a centralised privately-owned forum. If someone wants to create their own decentralised one they're free to do it. Creating a centralised one as he described probably wouldn't work very well for obvious reasons. Don't like what someone says? Get you and your buddies accounts and down vote to censor their posts into oblivion.

Yes you're right ,  the forum has need to be centralized  . Thanks again for your reply and sorry I didn't want to be arrogant ( it is only for know).
Theymos is responsible for the bans because hes handing power down to others to control the forum here, Hes the owner, hes responsible and guilty as anyone else is.  People are afraid to speak up.  I took a screen shot of this and if my account gets banned then Its more news to feed.
See, the people who actually think the staff are legit just have to suspect that your account is just a dummy account made to post here. 3 posts.


Why would you even "speak up"? You could PM the heads of staff if there's an abusive forum staff member.

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October 08, 2014, 10:01:02 PM
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Look. If you can buy accounts, that means the trust system is meaningless, because it means you can buy trust. Within the bounds of the rules. Which is against the rules. Which makes the forum's current policies in contradiction with each other.

And you guys are just running in circles around me trying to say there is no problem here.

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October 08, 2014, 10:06:07 PM
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Theymos had absolutely nothing to do with these bannings and most of the others that get banned. And this is a centralised privately-owned forum. If someone wants to create their own decentralised one they're free to do it. Creating a centralised one as he described probably wouldn't work very well for obvious reasons. Don't like what someone says? Get you and your buddies accounts and down vote to censor their posts into oblivion.

Yes you're right ,  the forum has need to be centralized  . Thanks again for your reply and sorry I didn't want to be arrogant ( it is only for know).
Theymos is responsible for the bans because hes handing power down to others to control the forum here, Hes the owner, hes responsible and guilty as anyone else is.  People are afraid to speak up.  I took a screen shot of this and if my account gets banned then Its more news to feed.
See, the people who actually think the staff are legit just have to suspect that your account is just a dummy account made to post here. 3 posts.


Why would you even "speak up"? You could PM the heads of staff if there's an abusive forum staff member.

Actually, i believe that this is frowned upon by theymos. i don't have a source on that but i recall a discussion on the matter from days long gone by.

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October 08, 2014, 10:12:30 PM
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Exactly, but I don't think this guy is going to get it. Most people generally do seem to frown upon account selling and it's not 'endorsed' by this site or the admins. There's a difference between endorsing something and allowing something, especially something they cannot hope to or be expected to control. Also, even if account trading was banned, that wouldn't mean it's not going to happen and suddenly make trust 'meaningful' or 100% trustable.

Liability would be based on the specific facts and what a reasonable person would do.  The site has mechanisms in place to moderate and threads are deleted on a regular basis.  Under those conditions it may very well that the site would be expected to control those types of posts as much as reasonably possible.  By allowing the posts it could be seen as an implicit endorsement of those activities.  The fact that staff comes on here to ridicule those that complain about would certainly weigh heavily on the side of liability.  This is why normal businesses put in reasonable controls.  It is clear that hilariousandco has no concept of these issues or how they work in the real world.

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October 08, 2014, 10:27:09 PM
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Exactly, but I don't think this guy is going to get it. Most people generally do seem to frown upon account selling and it's not 'endorsed' by this site or the admins. There's a difference between endorsing something and allowing something, especially something they cannot hope to or be expected to control. Also, even if account trading was banned, that wouldn't mean it's not going to happen and suddenly make trust 'meaningful' or 100% trustable.

Liability would be based on the specific facts and what a reasonable person would do.  The site has mechanisms in place to moderate and threads are deleted on a regular basis.  Under those conditions it may very well that the site would be expected to control those types of posts as much as reasonably possible.  By allowing the posts it could be seen as an implicit endorsement of those activities.  The fact that staff comes on here to ridicule those that complain about would certainly weigh heavily on the side of liability.  This is why normal businesses put in reasonable controls.  It is clear that hilariousandco has no concept of these issues or how they work in the real world.
Regardless if account selling is endorsed or not, it does not change the fact that the forum is not responsible for moderating scams (or potential scams). For the most part people are able to speak what is on their mind and post what they want with very few exceptions (obvious spam, maleware, links to illegal marketplaces, trading in things that are illegal). The only "flaw" in allowing people to trade accounts is that it potentially allows people to receive ill gotten "trust" as it would allow someone to potentially pull a scam in the future.

If a scam is being attempted with a purchased account or not, it is not the forum's job to warn others about potential scams. The fact that a purchased account was paid for would make it less likely that someone would want to scam with it unless there is a very good chance the scam will be successful and the scammer will be able to scam for more then what the account was purchased for. If you know how much a specific user's "trust" is worth in a general sense then you can be reasonably certain they will not attempt to scam for less of amounts.

There are also several legit reasons as to why people wish to purchase accounts (primarily signature campaigns). If you were to attempt to ban or police account sales then the percentage of account sales for legit reasons would go significantly down and people will malicious intentions would purchase accounts off forum, and have the purchase include VPN accounts that were previously used to connect to the forum with the account (making it appear the account was not sold). This will result in more scams involving sold accounts and a false sense of security that the account you are dealing with has not been sold.

If you were to say that you were not aware that account sales are allowed then that is your own fault for not knowing the rules of the forum that you are using.
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October 08, 2014, 10:34:36 PM
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Look. If you can buy accounts, that means the trust system is meaningless, because it means you can buy trust. Within the bounds of the rules. Which is against the rules. Which makes the forum's current policies in contradiction with each other.

And you guys are just running in circles around me trying to say there is no problem here.

Look. Banning accounts doesn't magically make the trust system perfect either. There are plenty of ways rules can contradict each other and we don't claim them to be perfect because they're not. We don't ban scammers or remove scams either but that doesn't mean we encourage or support them and banning them would do nothing either. And you are running around in circles trying to say there is a problem here whilst offering no viable solution except "ban accounts" which is a solution for nothing other than your own peace of mind. Maybe we should agree to disagree because it's clear you're not going to change your mindset and it's unlikely neither are the staff or admins unless you can actually make a valid point.

it is very difficult to discuss a personal matter such as the one regarding my purported "attempt at buying trust" without becoming emotional. The issue we are discussing here is forum corruption and inconsistency of policies. I made two statements in this thread. perhaps you should read these statements and analyze them for facts/opinions before resorting to a personal attack, which is a sure sign of a lack of an intelligent argument.

Forum corruption? There is no corruption. The only time people complain about corruption is when something doesn't go their way. Oh a mod removed my spam post - they're corrupt and censoring me! I've made plenty of intelligent arguments and you haven't once, but are now ironically resorting to a personal attack yourself, but I'm not sure you are capable of intelligent discussion as evidenced by your behaviour the last two days in having a hissy fit and throwing petulant insults around like calling people faggots and other such nonsense, now that really is a sign of a lack of an intelligent argument.

Liability would be based on the specific facts and what a reasonable person would do.  The site has mechanisms in place to moderate and threads are deleted on a regular basis.  Under those conditions it may very well that the site would be expected to control those types of posts as much as reasonably possible.  By allowing the posts it could be seen as an implicit endorsement of those activities.  The fact that staff comes on here to ridicule those that complain about would certainly weigh heavily on the side of liability.  This is why normal businesses put in reasonable controls.  It is clear that hilariousandco has no concept of these issues or how they work in the real world.

No, it is clear you peope have no concept of these issues here. I have a great concept of the issues and how they should be handled on this forum. Yes, we moderate threads and posts that break those rules. Selling accounts do not break those rules. This isn't the real world; it's an Internet forum and we go by the rules that have been set out before us. Allowing posts or certain things does not mean we endorse them. You can attempt to scam or post questionable trades or post racist exonophobic shit, but that doesn't mean anyone here endorses it and we moderate as appropriate per the rules.

Thank you. This post did not go unnoticed.

It may not have gone unnoticed by you because it was merely something critical (but also irrelevant) and that suits your agenda, but I'm sure it went uncomprehended by you since you offer no elaboration or further comment on it.  

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October 08, 2014, 10:52:25 PM
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Look. Banning accounts doesn't magically make the trust system perfect either.

I never said it would.

There are plenty of ways rules can contradict each other and we don't claim them to be perfect because they're not.

Such as... ?


We don't ban scammers or remove scams either

Actually you do. Every single day. Maybe you personally don't, but somebody does.


And you are running around in circles trying to say there is a problem here whilst offering no viable solution except "ban accounts" which is a solution for nothing other than your own peace of mind.

I didn't say this at all. You keep putting words in my mouth. I said "ban account selling," not ban accounts. If you want to ban the accounts being sold as punishment for breaking the rules, I'll leave that up to you.


Maybe we should agree to disagree because it's clear you're not going to change your mindset and it's unlikely neither are the staff or admins unless you can actually make a valid point.

I've made several points which you danced around, resolving nothing.

It may not have gone unnoticed by you because it was merely something critical (but also irrelevant) and that suits your agenda, but I'm sure it went uncomprehended by you since you offer no elaboration or further comment on it.  

How could I have recognized that it suits my agenda yet it remains uncomprehended (sp) by myself?

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October 08, 2014, 10:58:30 PM
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We don't ban scammers or remove scams either
Actually you do. Every single day. Maybe you personally don't, but somebody does.
This is a lie. If you try to get other people to believe this then you are scamming. The only "scam" that is moderated is that of malware (people posting links to malware).

You seem to have a hidden agenda beyond that of trying to get account sales stopped on this forum.

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October 08, 2014, 10:59:26 PM
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We don't ban scammers or remove scams either
Actually you do. Every single day. Maybe you personally don't, but somebody does.
This is a lie. If you try to get other people to believe this then you are scamming. The only "scam" that is moderated is that of malware (people posting links to malware).

You seem to have a hidden agenda beyond that of trying to get account sales stopped on this forum.

You're telling me accounts here are NEVER banned for scamming? I would count malware as a scam.

My hidden agenda is truth and justice for all. But please do elaborate on your conspiracy theory. PS I thought you ignored me?

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October 08, 2014, 11:02:00 PM
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This isn't the real world; it's an Internet forum and we go by the rules that have been set out before us.

That is ridiculous.

What I suggest is that people start suing the forum if they realize a loss due to some of the activities here.  

How it works is that you sue the whois privacy service (which is in Panama).  It is unlikely that company will provide a court defense over a service that costs a couple dollars a year.  Most likely they will either divulge the true registrant or simply default.  

If the true registrant is identified they will need to provide a defense and identify themselves or they will default.  If they identify themselves then you can start identifying the staff and calling them in for depositions.  If they default then you can probably get a court order to seize the domain from the .org registrar which is located in the USA.  If bicointalk.org were to default you really don't need that solid of a case, you just need a prima fascia case which will be successful if they default.  By suing the forum you will put them between a rock and a hard place.  

If you think this forum does not matter in the real word, think again.  The Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation shot himself in the foot by posting here and Barry Silbert used it against him in court  Vessenes has not posted here since:

http://cointext.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alydiancomplaint.pdf

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=306672.msg3289385#msg3289385

Forum posts have also been cited in a several other criminal and civil cases such as the Silk Road and pirateat40 prosecutions.

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October 08, 2014, 11:13:18 PM
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This isn't the real world; it's an Internet forum and we go by the rules that have been set out before us.

That is ridiculous.

What I suggest is that people start suing the forum if they realize a loss due to some of the activities here.  

How it works is that you sue the whois privacy service (which is in Panama).  It is unlikely that company will provide a court defense over a service that costs a couple dollars a year.  Most likely they will either divulge the true registrant or simply default.  

If the true registrant is identified they will need to provide a defense and identify themselves or they will default.  If they identify themselves then you can start identifying the staff and calling them in for depositions.  If they default then you can probably get a court order to seize the domain from the .org registrar which is located in the USA.  If bicointalk.org were to default you really don't need that solid of a case, you just need a prima fascia case which will be successful if they default.  By suing the forum you will put them between a rock and a hard place.  

If you think this forum does not matter in the real word, think again.  The Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation shot himself in the foot by posting here and Barry Silbert used it against him in court  Vessenes has not posted here since:

http://cointext.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alydiancomplaint.pdf

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=306672.msg3289385#msg3289385

Forum posts have also been cited in a several other criminal and civil cases such as the Silk Road and pirateat40 prosecutions.
Actually the forum would be protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which basically says that a website with user submitted information (posts) is not considered to be the publisher of such information.

The person who actually posts information (posts a post) is liable (when liability is appropriate) for anything they publish (post).
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October 08, 2014, 11:18:46 PM
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We don't ban scammers or remove scams either
Actually you do. Every single day. Maybe you personally don't, but somebody does.
This is a lie. If you try to get other people to believe this then you are scamming. The only "scam" that is moderated is that of malware (people posting links to malware).

You seem to have a hidden agenda beyond that of trying to get account sales stopped on this forum.

You're telling me accounts here are NEVER banned for scamming? I would count malware as a scam.

My hidden agenda is truth and justice for all. But please do elaborate on your conspiracy theory. PS I thought you ignored me?
Like I said with the exception of malware, members are not banned for scamming. Accounts are generally abandoned when they are caught trying to scam, but are not banned. The definition of a scam is shaky at best, the best definition would be something along the lines of someone stealing from someone else (or something similar to larceny or obtaining property by false pretenses), however the forum cannot know that this happened for sure (to be sure enough so that their speech should be limited) until they are found guilty beyond reasonable doubt in open court, which very rarely happens for bitcoin related scams.

You were are on my ignore list, however I came across your post on one of my purchased accounts and decided to chime in.

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October 08, 2014, 11:19:45 PM
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Theymos had absolutely nothing to do with these bannings and most of the others that get banned. And this is a centralised privately-owned forum. If someone wants to create their own decentralised one they're free to do it. Creating a centralised one as he described probably wouldn't work very well for obvious reasons. Don't like what someone says? Get you and your buddies accounts and down vote to censor their posts into oblivion.

Yes you're right ,  the forum has need to be centralized  . Thanks again for your reply and sorry I didn't want to be arrogant ( it is only for know).
Theymos is responsible for the bans because hes handing power down to others to control the forum here, Hes the owner, hes responsible and guilty as anyone else is.  People are afraid to speak up.  I took a screen shot of this and if my account gets banned then Its more news to feed.
See, the people who actually think the staff are legit just have to suspect that your account is just a dummy account made to post here. 3 posts.


Why would you even "speak up"? You could PM the heads of staff if there's an abusive forum staff member.

Actually, i believe that this is frowned upon by theymos. i don't have a source on that but i recall a discussion on the matter from days long gone by.
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October 08, 2014, 11:22:05 PM
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This isn't the real world; it's an Internet forum and we go by the rules that have been set out before us.

That is ridiculous.

What I suggest is that people start suing the forum if they realize a loss due to some of the activities here.  

How it works is that you sue the whois privacy service (which is in Panama).  It is unlikely that company will provide a court defense over a service that costs a couple dollars a year.  Most likely they will either divulge the true registrant or simply default.  

If the true registrant is identified they will need to provide a defense and identify themselves or they will default.  If they identify themselves then you can start identifying the staff and calling them in for depositions.  If they default then you can probably get a court order to seize the domain from the .org registrar which is located in the USA.  If bicointalk.org were to default you really don't need that solid of a case, you just need a prima fascia case which will be successful if they default.  By suing the forum you will put them between a rock and a hard place.  

If you think this forum does not matter in the real word, think again.  The Chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation shot himself in the foot by posting here and Barry Silbert used it against him in court  Vessenes has not posted here since:

http://cointext.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alydiancomplaint.pdf

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=306672.msg3289385#msg3289385

Forum posts have also been cited in a several other criminal and civil cases such as the Silk Road and pirateat40 prosecutions.
Actually the forum would be protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act which basically says that a website with user submitted information (posts) is not considered to be the publisher of such information.

The person who actually posts information (posts a post) is liable (when liability is appropriate) for anything they publish (post).

That depends of the specific facts.  That immunity goes out the Window if the web site conspires with people who post or place the ads.  it also does not provide immunity from criminal liability.  Giving Trade Fortress specialized privileges to promote a fake bank covers both those issues.  You should read the link you posted so you understand what it means.  Some case decisions are posted there.  

As I have explained any defenses won't matter unless Mr. Marquardt (Theymos) shows up in court.

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