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One suggestion: Use Bitcoin (with a capital "B") when talking about the concept/technology. Use bitcoins (no capitalization) when talking about the unit of currency (4 dollars - 4 bitcoins). Never use BitCoin or BitCoins


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Disclaimer: I'm obviously biased due to my long-term involvement in Bitcoin. I am in favor of narrowing the scope, and based on comments and close votes by some of the more active contributors here, I believe there is sufficient mass for this. My reasoning is that people come to the Bitcoin stackexchange for questions on Bitcoin, and (mostly) low-quality ...


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Good observation. I've been doing the same as best I can. My voting rules are loosely like this: If a question deserves my answer, it deserves my vote If an answer is useful it gets an upvote, even if it is competing with mine If someone takes the trouble to answer one of my questions, I visit their profile and trawl their other answers looking for upvote ...


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My recollection is that this SE was supposed to be broad enough to cover crypto-currencies generally. However, the current FAQ seems to be narrower, even saying "a cryptocurrency or technology derived directly from Bitcoin such as Namecoin". Personally, I'd like to see this SE broad enough even to cover centralized systems like MintChip if there are ...


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It seems clear to me that questions about alternatives that are as similar to Bitcoin as Namecoin are clearly on-topic here. I think comparisons are inevitable to far-less-similar systems, and I think those are also clearly on-topic. But I don't know about a question about details of e.g. the Open Transactions system. To the extent that the bitcoin ...


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I would like to express my interest in becoming a moderator. Introduction My name is Mark, I am working on my M.Sc. in Computer Science with a focus on Automatic Speech Recognition and working as a part-time programmer. While I am neither a die-hard Bitcoin expert, nor a financial expert, I believe that I have achieved a solid understanding of Bitcoin. ...


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While Ripple is not a system derived from Bitcoin, nor does it share all of its characteristics, I think the questions about Ripple should be on topic for this StackExchange as we are also dealing with a decentralised peer-to-peer approach to currency.


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I understand that Bitcoin.SE has traditionally been inclusive of other cryptocurrencies, particularly those based off of the Bitcoin Core codebase such as Litecoin. I've always accepted that was the policy here and have not complained about it. But it would be nice if we could focus on just Bitcoin going forward. If not, I would then suggest that we keep ...


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In my opinion, a security relevant and trust demanding software like bitcoin, justifies that questions about the developers are allowed.. So I'm in favor to allow questions about the developers, if they don't provoke an debate, have an clear answer are related to the development somehow don't get to personal


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Well yes and no. Sharing an address here could link that address to your account, yes. But there is also no way to be sure someone owns an address just because they post it here. If people share information publicly on a site like this, we assume they do not mind it being public knowledge (although it also has an impact on the privacy of those who they send ...


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Reading the comments, HedgeMage closed it for two reasons. One was that it is too localized (in time) and the other was that it is too basic. I know that we have a lot of other questions that are just as localized and just as basic as this one so I agree with reopening it. I think that it is important though that the answers should not just be a list of ...


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Voting is indeed very important; it's important for there to be a means for the great, good, mediocre, and poor to be differentiated. Many people like to to simply upvote good answers, but it's important to also vote for questions and also to downvote when appropriate. Downvoting questions no longer even costs you rep! Also note that you get a badge if ...


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One thing to avoid is a question that's a good debate starter. If there's equal and valid arguments on both sides of an issue, a question will just get "Yes it is" and "No it isn't" replies that will be argumentative and subjective.


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I'm not offended if people put an address in their profile, but I don't want to encourage it either. I very much think expecting or asking for "tips" for answers goes against the spirit of the stack exchange site. Plus when you introduce money into the equation, it greatly complicates things like who answered first, or who answered better, or this person ...


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David Schwartz Very active during private beta, has lots of high vote answers. Frequent editor. Active here on meta. Also an active member of a number of other StackExchange sites.


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Who is doing it is irrelevant. The important question is why. Ripple questions are getting close votes, but nobody's spoken against Ripple's inclusion in this discussion. (edit: AntonAnsagar has now, and Stephen Gornick posted something that can kinda be interpreted either way.) There are two possible reasons for that: People voting to close are unaware of ...


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If anything, I think this proposal should've been shortened to "Crypto-currency". I'd appreciate Robert explaining why it was changed back to "Bitcoin", which seems to me to have a significantly reduced scope.


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The Area51 example seems like kind of a gray area to me. The questioner wants to interface with bitcoind, but the question itself could apply to any JSON-RPC interface. It's unclear whether those who voted it off-topic meant "all questions involving programming are off-topic" or "this question is off-topic because it's only tangentially related to Bitcoin"....


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I find the close reason a bit strange as well. He says: "[I]t can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information". That would be what? Wikipedia? The Bitcoin FAQ? I punched "how did bitcoin start" into Google, FWIW, and most of the links didn't ...


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It's far more important that the title clearly explain what the question is and, together with the tags, allow a person to determine if they're likely to be able to answer the question. Putting the title in the form of a question helps to ensure that, but if you can do it another way, there's nothing wrong with that. Your first example shows, I think, the ...


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I think that this is an important discussion so let's try to keep it civil instead of starting some sort of edit-war. Here are some of my thoughts: The title of the question make it sound like Eligius did something wrong so if we keep the question we should try to improve it. eldentyrell's edit of the title to "When did MTGOX lose many thousands of bitcoins?...


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Soliciting users in that manner is absolutely not allowed. The content has been removed. If you see solicitations of any kind on this site, the post should be 'flagged' for moderator attention and the content removed.


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Obviously, most of these will eventually be featured in the frequent questions, which collects questions that get linked a lot. However, until they get listed there, this collection might help provide help finding the best "duplicate master". Also, some of this could use better canonical answers, I'll be putting up some bounties, where the need is especially ...


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This site was proposed and created on a somewhat precarious (and experimental) premise. Bitcoin is a new technology with very little mainstream exposure. As such, a lot of these questions are what you might call "general reference," mostly just trying to figure out how all this stuff works. Indeed, if Bitcoin were already a more mainstream subject, many of ...


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Yes. Definitely. There is no imaginable difference. (I just submitted a merge request.) Update: Please vote on my tag synonym request!


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First, we need to revisit our definition of "deserted" because we're at least meeting SE's baseline criteria in most cases and exceeding it in a few others. We get a pretty fair amount of traffic. If you're interested in increasing our traffic, though, there are plenty of things we can all do to help out: Generate backlinks to the site - this is as simple ...


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What is an "unspent output"? What do you think about this question and its answers? Vote and comment to let everyone know.


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I wish. Unfortunately we either have to close/delete/whatever outright or abstain from voting. I tend to abstain unless it's really obvious or the question already has 3+ votes on it.


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Here's my (doubtless controversial) offering Colour scheme It may be worth paying attention to some of the information provided in this Colour Assignment article. The following combination has the following apparent properties: light blue - associated with trust, reliability, technology and finance gold - associated with wealth and prosperity black - ...


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