I think that closed-source cryptocurrency questions should be declared off-topic, because they are usually impossible to answer. Example:

Here says

After having launched bootstrap Clearinghouses on all major continents, they are fully reconciling transfers in less than 400 ms with competition and 200 ms without. "Reconciliation" is confirmation?

My country cryptocurrency illegal. No can to try. Please help.

Even if they are answered by their developers, it's not possible for other members of the community to "cross-examine" their answers.

Arguments Against

This might prevent questions about cryptocurrencies that later become open source. For example, we had a number of good questions asked about Ripple that were answered by their developers.

We could lessen that by allowing questions about those currencies if their creators plan to make it open-source.


This shouldn't be taken to mean that all software that is closed source is off-topic. For example, a question that asks about how to use blockchain.info's API would still be on-topic.

Close Reason

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a closed-source cryptocurrency. http://meta.bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/629/suggestion-closed-source-cryptocurrencies-should-be-off-topic


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    You mention the important point: We can't judge the quality of answers on write-ups we cannot check. Questions whose answers can't be cross-examined are a bad fit for Stackexchange.
    – Murch Mod
    Commented Oct 24, 2014 at 8:17


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