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May 25, 2011, 07:50:34 PM
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As to the idea that forum.bitcoin.org is not an official forum, sorry but that's naive.

Why? What makes anything on bitcoin.org official? No code is hosted here, and the bitcoin.org resources are not controlled by anyone currently involved in development. There are no links to bitcoin.org in the Bitcoin software.

I think they're already in place anyhow, but I don't moderate the marketplace forum for thread hijacking much.

Off-topic posts should already be deleted or split in any section.

It's hard to notice off-topic posts when you're reading dozens of threads at a time, though. More reports are needed.

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May 25, 2011, 08:44:48 PM
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This forum is currently an embarrassment. (See my sig for a good example)

As for professionalism and image, let me note once again that "theymos" advertises the following in his sig:
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Let's consider the ramifications of having a bitcoin.org forum Administrator and "Hero Member" peddling a ponzi scheme.

Now, I'm not an expert on public relations or anything, but I may understand if a visitor becomes a bit put off by that fact. Think how many time bitcoin has been labeled as a ponzi/pyramid scheme. Is theymos' sig really the kind of thing that we need? Is this the type of person/"business" we wish to have as an administrator and representative?

So yes, anything that makes this place more presentable is worth the effort. Perhaps Gavin should also say his piece here. Thank you, eMansipater, for sticking out your neck.

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May 25, 2011, 08:51:33 PM
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As to the idea that forum.bitcoin.org is not an official forum, sorry but that's naive.

Why? What makes anything on bitcoin.org official? No code is hosted here, and the bitcoin.org resources are not controlled by anyone currently involved in development. There are no links to bitcoin.org in the Bitcoin software.

Off-topic posts should already be deleted or split in any section.

It's hard to notice off-topic posts when you're reading dozens of threads at a time, though. More reports are needed.

It is the de-facto site of the bitcoin community and the bitcoin project. It is the closest thing we have to "official".

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May 25, 2011, 10:16:32 PM
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I support eMansipater. Let's face it this forum is as official for bitcoin as it gets and perception matters. A lot of juvenile flames does not help it. If it comes to that I would prefer politics and flames moving to another forum.

As a reasonable compromise though we really could coexist. eMancipater, you are the damn moderator, go and expand list of subforums and set up some simple, subforum specific  rules. Problem solved.

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May 25, 2011, 10:26:20 PM
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I support eMansipater. Let's face it this forum is as official for bitcoin as it gets and perception matters. A lot of juvenile flames does not help it. If it comes to that I would prefer politics and flames moving to another forum.
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As a reasonable compromise though we really could coexist. eMancipater, you are the damn moderator, go and expand list of subforums and set up some simple, subforum specific rules. Problem solved.
I realise not everyone knows this, but moderators don't have the ability to create new boards/subforums.  That's reserved for admins.

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May 25, 2011, 11:14:04 PM
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I support eMansipater. Let's face it this forum is as official for bitcoin as it gets and perception matters. A lot of juvenile flames does not help it. If it comes to that I would prefer politics and flames moving to another forum.
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I don't think this place should be seen as a place to advertise bitcoin, if bitcoin succeeds it won't be because of good marketing, it will be because it solves a problem, because it puts the control of money where it belongs, in the hands which use it.

If people desire a new subforum with different rules, why not ? But I don't think that project development should be removed and that too much attention should be given to marketing and PR.

Let's consider the ramifications of having a bitcoin.org forum Administrator and "Hero Member" peddling a ponzi scheme.
I don't think this place is about PR, and I'm also amused at the obvious "this is not a ponzi scheme anymore since i just told you it is one" paradox Smiley

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May 25, 2011, 11:23:59 PM
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I am tired of the effort in censoring everything for the sake of Public Relation.

First they come for the drugs. Next, they'll come for the gambling, which is by the way...is illegal in the US. Then they will get rid of sex.

Moderate and keep the business forums efficient is what we should be doing as mods anyway.

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May 26, 2011, 12:08:33 AM
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Slippery Slope Fallacy, Kiba.

Tsk tsk.
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May 26, 2011, 02:18:01 AM
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bitcoin.org should not be considered any more official than weusecoins.com or any other site.

Pure fantasy.  It is the de facto official website and forum.

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May 26, 2011, 07:07:11 AM
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The anarchists are organising.


I don't think you realise how discredited anything with a slick PR "official" look to it has become after the rip-offs perpetrated from on high for so long. Sure make a "Business" section for the "high-rollers" or whoever you think it is that is offended by the bitcoin rabble but don't expect the vast majority of the people that are using bitcoin now to give a damn what you are saying in there ....

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May 26, 2011, 02:09:29 PM
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Public relations (what used to be called propaganda) is a weapon. Either we understand how it is used and protect ourselves with it, or we make ourselves vulnerable to those who are skilled in its use.

We should not make the job of those who would see bitcoin fail any easier than it already is. Ponzi schemes, deranged ancap/sociopathic rants and weak self-evaluation work to undermine this project.

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May 26, 2011, 04:29:33 PM
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I don't think you realise how discredited anything with a slick PR "official" look to it has become after the rip-offs perpetrated from on high for so long. Sure make a "Business" section for the "high-rollers" or whoever you think it is that is offended by the bitcoin rabble but don't expect the vast majority of the people that are using bitcoin now to give a damn what you are saying in there ....

Yeah, like how everyone has stopped using Tor because their homepage looks like this:



It's too bad such a useful tool has become so discredited.

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May 26, 2011, 05:08:15 PM
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Public relations (what used to be called propaganda) is a weapon. Either we understand how it is used and protect ourselves with it, or we make ourselves vulnerable to those who are skilled in its use.

We should not make the job of those who would see bitcoin fail any easier than it already is. Ponzi schemes, deranged ancap/sociopathic rants and weak self-evaluation work to undermine this project.

There is an inherent tension between promoting free speech, which we bitcoiners value a lot, and PR, which is making us looks politically correct or inoffensive.

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May 26, 2011, 06:04:50 PM
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I support eMansipater's proposal. I think he proved through actions he means well to Bitcoin. We should recognize that there are people who don't like hearing controversial things. If creating a new, heavily moderated, board means they will adopt Bitcoin, why the hell not.
It may even open few people's eyes once their curiosity gets the better of them and they browse the rest of this forum
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May 27, 2011, 09:24:39 AM
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There's now a "Politics and society" subforum where these sorts of things can be discussed. People who aren't interested don't have to see it, people who are can debate at length without worrying about flooding out newbie discussion.
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May 27, 2011, 01:39:13 PM
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Mark the business section as safe for work/under 18 and the rest of the board nsfw, problem solved and people cant complain if they voluntarily click through. Then you can be as control freakish as you want in your own section and the rest of us can ignore your nanny state.



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