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March 18, 2016, 07:15:26 AM
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You mean you don't understand how having cash he can spend is different from having donations to bitcointalk, which he can't? What, exactly is unclear to you?
If the person who recieved the donations under the premise of reinvesting them into the forums cannot then spend them investing in the forum's software, then who can spend them and for what reason?
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March 18, 2016, 01:48:04 PM
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You mean you don't understand how having cash he can spend is different from having donations to bitcointalk, which he can't? What, exactly is unclear to you?
If the person who recieved the donations under the premise of reinvesting them into the forums cannot then spend them investing in the forum's software, then who can spend them and for what reason?

By "investing in the forum software," you mean launder over 2 million bucks by allegedly giving it to an Anon he purportedly never met in person, at a rate of $100k a month via an open-ended nonviolent non-contract without a noncompletion clause, who, in turn, proceeded to not complete it?
How about you drop the sarcasm, Buttercup, hmm?

You mean you don't understand how having cash he can spend is different from having donations to bitcointalk, which he can't? What, exactly is unclear to you?

@taesup: Cool beans. Best spent ...what's it up to now, $2.2? $2.3 million US? And it still isn't done? Color me convinced.
*though does make solid gold toilet seats sound reasonable -- can always sell those for the price of gold, while this pile of ...whatever it is? Not so much.
Since you clearly are trolling, here, go and f*ck off.

If you're not. Why the heck are you questioning whatever the heck theymos does with the donations? Thats exactly what they are, donations. theymos promised a new forum or an improvement to the current forum with the donations and thats exactly what he's working on.

Donations to the forum are not donations to theymos. Just like the donations for The March Of Dimes you collect are not donations to you. If that's hard for you to grasp, don't shit up this thread & go play some vidya, K?
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March 18, 2016, 02:31:01 PM
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Donations to the forum are not donations to theymos. Just like the donations for The March Of Dimes you collect are not donations to you. If that's hard for you to grasp, don't shit up this thread & go play some vidya, K?
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and the vast majority of income after expenses is either saved for future expenses or reinvested into the forum or the community.
Taken from the donation page.  Try twisting the words, go on

Also, did you actually donate some money or are you just being butthurt that you are not the one receiving the BTCs?
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March 18, 2016, 02:36:44 PM
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By "investing in the forum software," you mean launder over 2 million bucks by allegedly giving it to an Anon he purportedly never met in person, at a rate of $100k a month via an open-ended nonviolent non-contract without a noncompletion clause, who, in turn, proceeded to not complete it?
He has not completed it as it is an ongoing project. By saying he has not completed implies there is some sort of deadline that he has not met, when you acknowledged in your post that there is no given deadline. Development can be tracked on the Github or the project's website.
I don't understand when you distrust the developers so much, especially when they are running an open source project where all development can be tracked publicly.

How about you drop the sarcasm, Buttercup, hmm?
I'm not being sarcastic. I'm unsure why you think that.
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March 18, 2016, 03:25:14 PM
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Donations to the forum are not donations to theymos. Just like the donations for The March Of Dimes you collect are not donations to you. If that's hard for you to grasp, don't shit up this thread & go play some vidya, K?
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and the vast majority of income after expenses is either saved for future expenses or reinvested into the forum or the community.
Taken from the donation page.  Try twisting the words, go on

The forum money I held has largely been spent now, mostly in the forum software project. Slickage was paid $100,000 per month in all of 2014 and until May in 2015. Since June 2015, they've been paid $50,000 per month. The exchange rate varied substantially throughout this period, but the end result is that most of the BTC was spent.

The rate ($85,417/month average as of the end of 2015) might seem high to people unfamiliar with professional software development, but it's normal. The project is quite a bit over-due and over-budget (the original estimate was 1 year and $1.2 million), but I've been constantly monitoring Slickage, and they've definitely been making solid, continual progress, so it seemed correct to continue to project. The vast majority of total forum revenue was from ads, not donations, but to the extent that donations were used: this software was in fact the main stated goal of donations.

As I've said before: I have absolutely no personal relationship to Slickage, and I receive no "kickbacks" whatsoever. I've never even met them in person. I first learned of Slickage from Warren Togami, who had previously done a lot of work for the forum and was himself recommended by gmaxwell and others. (I've also never met Warren in person.)

The current status of the software is that it's ~85% done. The core of it is entirely functional and often much better/faster than SMF, though there are still several missing features. There will be a public beta before the end of the month, I think, at which time I'll post more about what's left to be done. Also see http://epochtalk.org/ for more info.

TL;DR: Nothing is saved; the money's gone. But, technically, you're right -- since he is a part of the community & reinvested the money into himself, he did nothing wrong.

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Also, did you actually donate some money or are you just being butthurt that you are not the one receiving the BTCs?

Lol no, I haven't. Did you lose money with every scammer you gave negative trust to/bother to discuss on this fine forum?
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March 18, 2016, 03:35:44 PM
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By "investing in the forum software," you mean launder over 2 million bucks by allegedly giving it to an Anon he purportedly never met in person, at a rate of $100k a month via an open-ended nonviolent non-contract without a noncompletion clause, who, in turn, proceeded to not complete it?
He has not completed it as it is an ongoing project. By saying he has not completed implies there is some sort of deadline that he has not met, when you acknowledged in your post that there is no given deadline. Development can be tracked on the Github or the project's website.
I don't understand when you distrust the developers so much, especially when they are running an open source project where all development can be tracked publicly.

You're confused. I said the non-violent non-contract had no noncompletion clause. Theymos has set and blown multiple self-imposed deadlines, see end his [moved to /archived/, lol] reply.

As far as not trusting the developers, my cat could have learned to code & written better forum software in 2 years.
*Sorry Cat, didn't mean to insult you, I know you wouldn't write new forum software from scratch when so much tested open-source & free to use software is available.
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March 18, 2016, 03:56:27 PM
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Theymos has set and blown multiple self-imposed deadlines, see end his [moved to /archived/, lol] reply.
Those were deadlines, those were estimates (IIRC). There's a clear difference between those two.

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March 18, 2016, 04:18:47 PM
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Theymos has set and blown multiple self-imposed deadlines, see end his [moved to /archived/, lol] reply.
Those were deadlines, those were estimates (IIRC). There's a clear difference between those two.

... The project is quite a bit over-due and over-budget (the original estimate was 1 year and $1.2 million) ...
That was more than 3 months/$150,000 ago Smiley

But I guess you're right. Non-contractual, nonviolent, nonbinding non-agreements preclude the very possibility of missed deadlines. I mean, what would that even mean & why would anyone care?
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March 20, 2016, 02:48:20 AM
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Theymos has set and blown multiple self-imposed deadlines, see end his [moved to /archived/, lol] reply.
Those were deadlines, those were estimates (IIRC). There's a clear difference between those two.

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Yeah, just two more months 'til new forum releases, right?

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March 20, 2016, 12:29:15 PM
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Yeah, just two more months 'til new forum releases, right?
There isn't a exact date. It could be tomorrow, or it could be in 10 months. You never know. It will be released when it is ready.

That was more than 3 months/$150,000 ago Smiley
Seems like some people are just envious of the money.

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March 20, 2016, 03:18:56 PM
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Seems like some people are just envious of the money.

Mixed feelings, won't lie.
Would I stoop this low for $2.5 million US? Hope not, tho pretty hard to say.
But I'm mainly driven by incredulity -- think people shouting "bravissimo!" at a woman getting raped in the isle of an opera house.
But then again, 2.5 mil is a nice sum Undecided
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Yeah, just two more months 'til new forum releases, right?
There isn't a exact date. It could be tomorrow, or it could be in 10 months. You never know. It will be released when it is ready. 

Funny, you said in December that it would be ready by February, at latest. I don't know much, being a Computer Science student in Guatemala, but I would think over a million dollars and about (over?) a year's worth of software development would suffice for a forum. Call me ignorant, but looks like there's been little to no product produced by those million dollars.

Just my two cents.


Mixed feelings, won't lie.
Would I stoop this low for $2.5 million US? Hope not, tho pretty hard to say.
But I'm mainly driven by incredulity -- think people shouting "bravissimo!" at a woman getting raped in the isle of an opera house.
But then again, 2.5 mil is a nice sum Undecided

Hey, having to deal with a handful of angry donors (30 is my best guess-timate by taking a quick look at the donate page that a 16-year-old could have coded), and a few people accusing you of being a scam artist... isn't that big a risk. The risk/reward assessment for simply running away with the money and assuring people that there's a new forum right around the corner... is pretty damn sweet, if you were to ask me to go along with it. For me, it would be more like scamming a sweet old lady out of all her money, you know, like televangelists.

I would personally take $300,000 to do that. Well, help cover up for that. I would be rationalizing left and right that my partner in crime would have taken a moral action by using that money in any way (s)he pleased.

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March 20, 2016, 07:21:47 PM
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Funny, you said in December that it would be ready by February, at latest.
I guessed and I was wrong (as by ready, I mean a open beta). There's not much that I can do about it.

I don't know much, being a Computer Science student in Guatemala, but I would think over a million dollars and about (over?) a year's worth of software development would suffice for a forum.
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Brooks' law is a claim about software project management according to which "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"
You should have heard about this in a CS major (this is just a singular example).

Call me ignorant, but looks like there's been little to no product produced by those million dollars.
Actually you can see the beta already. However, it seems to be down at the moment due to a 502 error.

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March 20, 2016, 09:04:31 PM
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I guessed and I was wrong (as by ready, I mean a open beta). There's not much that I can do about it.

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Brooks' law is a claim about software project management according to which "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"

You should have heard about this in a CS major (this is just a singular example).

Actually you can see the beta already. However, it seems to be down at the moment due to a 502 error.

I would have thought a forum software that had been in development from January 2014, with a budget of over one million dollars would have been done by now. Shows what I know, huh? So... how is the timeline of new people joining the project go? I'm very curious about that, because I thought the staff was on this since the beginning, therefore Brooks' law wouldnt be that applicable...

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March 28, 2016, 01:18:45 AM
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Funny, you said in December that it would be ready by February, at latest.
I guessed and I was wrong (as by ready, I mean a open beta). There's not much that I can do about it.

I don't know much, being a Computer Science student in Guatemala, but I would think over a million dollars and about (over?) a year's worth of software development would suffice for a forum.
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Brooks' law is a claim about software project management according to which "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"
You should have heard about this in a CS major (this is just a singular example).

Call me ignorant, but looks like there's been little to no product produced by those million dollars.
Actually you can see the beta already. However, it seems to be down at the moment due to a 502 error.

I hope we get to test out this new forum sometime soon. I'm most interested in different theses and I guess 'modernization'.
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March 28, 2016, 10:19:53 PM
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... snip ...

I would have thought a forum software that had been in development from January 2014, with a budget of over one million dollars would have been done by now. Shows what I know, huh?

... snip ...

Being that you're still a student, I'll give you the benefit of doubt. Most software projects, especially of this scale, can easily go over 1MM. And to take a project to completion (although really there's never an end to any real software project), usually go over a year. Were we a bit naive with the initial estimate? Yes, we had the same thought you have. "It's just a forum, it can't be too hard, and it definitely shouldn't take a few seasoned devs more than a year to make."

Boy were we wrong. And I'll be the first to admit that. But rather than just call it quits and move on. We decided to stick with the project and see that it gets done. Here's a quick list of things you need to consider while making a forum and problems we've run into. Not all of this information can be found online and so we had to experiment until we found a good solution. Hopefully you can use this list to see what it's like to build a larger scale software project.

  • What Programming Language do you use? This is going to be an open source project so you want to choose a language that's widely used and avoid esoteric languages like Haskell.
  • What DB do you use? PostGRES? MySQL? Oracle? SQL Server? NoSQL? Remember to balance costs vs. performance vs. ACID compatibility. Atomicity and Transactions are key here. There are very nasty bugs to be found if you don't do your homework.
  • What should the interface look like? Should it look exactly the same? Should you improve upon the old interface?
  • Write your own BBCode Parser? Alternatively, how do you handle other parsers at the same time?
  • Plugins. Make sure you balance extensibility with security. Also, how do you handle extensibility while making custom plugins a breeze
  • Security! Are you making sure you're follow the latest OWASP?
  • SPA vs static page rendering? Balance client performance vs server performance
  • How do you handle large DB table sizes (over 10 millions rows)? How do you handle querying that data? Which indexes do you build
  • To add on to the point above, what is a reasonable fetch time? Sub millisecond? 10 milliseconds? 100 milliseconds?
  • Banning users. IP level bans? Username Bans? Temporary bans? Then do iterations of all those combined
  • Notifications. You need to let the user know if they have a PM or else that page is just a wasteland. But what about other interesting items? Like letting the user know when a thread they posted in has more posts? Or if they were mentioned in another thread they haven't viewed yet.
  • Additional Requirements. Theymos doesn't want a clone of SMF, if he did, he wouldn't have asked us to build new software. So how do you use your codebase to solve some of this problems? Better Mod Reports, highlighting admins and mods, etc. Do you take requests of the user base as well, things like spoiler tags and nearly every other suggestion in this board (They have insight on what works and what doesn't for them.)

By no means is this list exhaustive. There are many more topics to cover but I think this gives you the basis to form an idea of what it takes to build forum software. It's not as easy as a collection of posts under a collection of threads under a collection of boards. There are users, messages, custom pages, reports, moderation, administration, and many more things that need to be built along the way.


Also, being that you're a CS student, you should really take a look at Github. That's pretty much where all the open source code you'll be using the in future is going to be held. Oh and EpochTalk is on there too. You can keep track of all the work we do on a daily basis. https://github.com/epochtalk/epochtalk

I am a Epochtalk (New Forum Software) Developer.
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March 28, 2016, 10:47:43 PM
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Seems like some people are just envious of the money.

Mixed feelings, won't lie.
Would I stoop this low for $2.5 million US? Hope not, tho pretty hard to say.
But I'm mainly driven by incredulity -- think people shouting "bravissimo!" at a woman getting raped in the isle of an opera house.
But then again, 2.5 mil is a nice sum Undecided

I think your issues stem from the fact that you don't quite understand how software is made. I can understand that to you nearly 2 years, and a 1+MM dollar amount seems absurd. No, really I do. But have you taken a look at how much it cost to build some of the other forum software out there?

All I'm asking is, before you go and make a forum post, consider if what you're about to post, is a gut reaction to some numbers or an informed rant. I encourage you to go and search for how much is costs to build software. This might shift your perspective a bit.

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March 28, 2016, 10:57:20 PM
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We can wait more, as long as it finishes without any trouble and open for public. It's better to wait than use with a lot of glitches and bugs. I'm not an expert, don't really understand github repos but I'm sure you deserved that BTC.

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March 28, 2016, 11:03:37 PM
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Brooks' law is a claim about software project management according to which "adding manpower to a late software project makes it later"

100% true, the reasoning behind this is really simple and I've experienced it first hand.

My game for example. I've done the majority of the work and then brought in another developer down the road. I know the code and what I changed, what does what, and where to find it. The new developer doesn't know this. They have to basically learn the code themselves, learn what does what, and learn what is found where before they can begin to start making their own changes to it.




























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March 28, 2016, 11:28:02 PM
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Seems like some people are just envious of the money.

Mixed feelings, won't lie.
Would I stoop this low for $2.5 million US? Hope not, tho pretty hard to say.
But I'm mainly driven by incredulity -- think people shouting "bravissimo!" at a woman getting raped in the isle of an opera house.
But then again, 2.5 mil is a nice sum Undecided

I think your issues stem from the fact that you don't quite understand how software is made.

If by that you mean "don't understand why new bbs forum software needs to be written, from scratch, when shitloads of better open-source software -- tested/updated/used by millions for years, already exist and is free," I guess I got nothing.

Of course, Bitcointalk is a completely unique, special snowflake, and its moderation requirements are also completely unique and special. Which begs the question: why didn't you write your own OS, from scratch, while you're at it?
And maybe commission a SoC to run the whole thing?

Bonus points: Make sure to commission the SoC from Anon you never meet in person.
Combo FTW: Make sure the deal is sealed with an open-ended nonviolent non-contract, with no noncompletion clause because no completion date specified.
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