A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.org

A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.org

Over the past few years, there’s been a big problem with cryptocurrency related forums and censorship. This week an independent and uncensored version of Bitcointalk has launched called Bitcoincashtalk.org.

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Bitcoincashtalk.org: Another Uncensored Forum for Bitcoin Proponents to Freely Discuss and Debate This Innovative Technology

A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.orgWhen it comes to cryptocurrencies enthusiasts like to discuss the technology regularly on social media and forums. Nearly every digital asset has its own forum but over the last few years, two of the largest Bitcoin-based forums (coincidentally owned by the same individual) have been plagued with censorship in regard to the scaling debate. For instance, thousands of users have been banned on the Reddit forum r/bitcoin and the web portal Bitcointalk.org for merely speaking about a different opinion concerning scaling the Bitcoin Network. Then thousands of Reddit users and Bitcointalk.org users have also been banned for failing to toe the party line.

Just yesterday someone was banned for posting on r/bitcoin for simply asking in a post “What is the recommended procedure to safely update a bitcoin node if I have a Lightning node with channels open?” R/bitcoin moderators banned the user and called the individual a “low-effort concern troll, lying, spreading malicious propaganda, obvious Bcash shill.” In response to the extreme prejudice and censorship, many bitcoin users have shifted to other forums on the web. Now, this week an independent and uncensored version of Bitcointalk.org has launched called Bitcoincashtalk.org.

“This forum is aiming to gather software developers, businesses, enthusiasts — Anyone interested in a decentralized peer-to-peer digital currency for a free world or believes in everyone’s right to privacy is welcome,” explains the forum’s creator.

Free speech is a core value for Bitcoincashtalk.org, any discussion is allowed as long as you respect the non-aggression principle and the forum rules.

A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.org
Bitcoincashtalk.org front page.

The More Uncensored Bitcoin Forums the Merrier

Bitcoincashtalk has a variety of sections available for all types of topics and the site’s feel is similar to the Bitcointalk.org portal. There’s a General discussion about Bitcoin, a technical discussion area about BCH full node implementations and other Bitcoin Cash related software topics.

A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.org
Bitcoincashtalk.org General Discussion.

Registered Bitcoincashtalk users can converse about mining, project development, economics and information on cryptocurrency marketplaces. There’s also a local forums area in different languages such as Spanish, Turkish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Lastly similarly to Bitcointalk there’s a subforum for discussions about alternative currencies and other types of blockchain-related projects.

A Censorship-Free Version of Bitcointalk? Developer Launches Bitcoincashtalk.org
The subreddit forum r/btc is consistently one of the top bitcoin Reddit forums.

Bitcoin Cash proponents enjoyed the idea of a new website like Bitcoincashtalk in addition to some of the other forums online. For example, over 223,000 users utilize the second most active Bitcoin-related forum on Reddit called r/btc. There’s also the Bitcoin.com forum which allows for uncensored discussion concerning Bitcoin technology and other related cryptocurrency and blockchain solutions. The forum.Bitcoin.com has multiple sections for open discussions and provides over 30 different languages too. Bitcoincashtalk is just another avenue for Bitcoin technology proponents to meet and discuss various topics surrounding this innovative ecosystem.

What do you think about the new Bitcoincashtalk.org forum? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comment section below.

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Censorship of Cryptocurrency Discussions on Reddit Gets Kafkaesque

Censorship of Cryptocurrency Discussions on Reddit Gets Kafkaesque

The continued censorship of cryptocurrency discussions on some of the larger sub-forums of Reddit has gotten to new levels recently. People are not only getting banned for any comment that might challenge the moderators’ enforced opinions in one forum, but complaints are also silenced in competing forums as well.

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Bans and Censorship

Censorship of Cryptocurrency Discussions on Reddit Gets KafkaesqueAnother redditor was banned from r/bitcoin for no real reason, that’s nothing new. But this case was so ridicules that it caused a massive backlash and exposed the censorship of another subreddit as well. After writing about getting banned from r/bitcoin on r/cryptocurrency, the post got over 3000 upvotes and more than 1000 comments but eventually was censored itself.

And the reason he was banned from r/bitcoin to begin with? Here is what he had to say: “I’m a BTC holder and believer. recently there was a Post in the Bitcoin subreddit about the extremely low fees in the current lightning Network. OP claimed that Bitcoin with lightning has the lowest fees compared to all other alts. While I’m a strong believer in Bitcoin I also dislike the spreading of false claims about the projects I follow either good or bad. So I stated that while Lightning works amazing so far, to claim it has the lowest fees compared to all other alts is factually incorrect.”

What Can Be Done?

Censorship of Cryptocurrency Discussions on Reddit Gets KafkaesqueIf you think that the censorship in any forum is overbearing and will not be changed regardless of how many people will complain, the best thing you can do is vote with your feet and leave for a place that respects your right for free speech. For talking candidly about anything related to bitcoin on Reddit this apparently means joining /r/btc, the subreddit which was created to uphold free speech and now has over 200,000 members.

And beyond just switching subreddits, this might be a good time to start thinking about migrating to other censorship-resistant platforms altogether. After all, the company itself recently shut down Darknet forums, and one can never know what topics will be included in its next crackdown. If you want to check out some on-chain social media solutions, we recently reviewed Memo and Blockpress.

What should social media users do to avoid censorship in discussing bitcoin? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Remembering Satoshi’s Vision — As it Was Written

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written

On October 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto had a vision to share with the world — a protocol he called “bitcoin, a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party.” Since that time a whole lot has changed, and there is a vast cryptocurrency landscape with over 1,500 virtual currencies listed on data feed websites. It’s been a very long time since Satoshi left the community and his vision, the white paper, and even the protocol’s proof-of-work has been questioned multiple times over the years.

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BCH Proponents Believe That Many Key Attributes Have Been Slowly Replaced With a Whole New Concept

Satoshi Nakamoto left the community in 2010, and no one has heard from the anonymous creator of bitcoin ever since. At the moment the bitcoin community has split into two factions due to the scaling debate, that coincidently started the same year Satoshi left. Many bitcoin cash supporters believe the BTC side of the community has never had a valid excuse against raising the 1 MB block size by utilizing a refuse to give in at-any-cost mentality. The bitcoin cash community believes this group has been so stubborn that Core supporters basically enabled blowback to occur this past August, allowing a large majority of users to go their separate ways by forking the protocol, before the introduction of the contentious Segregated Witness (Segwit). The protocol Segwit had been and still is controversial and hasn’t gained much traction even to this day. All of these individuals who once shared similar visions with their peers, formed another community and rallied around the bitcoin cash (BCH) network believing that BCH is the closest chain to Satoshi’s original vision.

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written
A slide from Dr. Peter Rizun’s speech at the Future of Bitcoin conference shows just one reason why people find Segregated Witness unfavorable.


Alongside all of this vitriolic energy tethered to the scaling debate, BCH supporters say there have been quite a few individuals who believe “Satoshi’s vision doesn’t matter,” and actually have the audacity to propose making changes to the creator’s white paper. Many individuals will tell you the reason for this is because supporters of the Segwit chain have realized that the document does not apply to the BTC network. Unfortunately, BTC hardly resembles what is described in Satoshi’s white paper. For instance, the co-owners of Bitcoin.org, ‘Theymos,’ and ‘Cobra Bitcoin’ among others have talked about changing certain phrases in Satoshi’s paper. Another example is how the web portal Bitcoin.org, which is heralded by Core supporters as ‘truth,’ removed the cheap and fast transactions description for bitcoin off the front page — the reason for this is because the description does not apply to Core network.

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written
The owners of Bitcoin.org have discussed editing and revising the white paper on multiple occasions.

Of course, bitcoin cash supporters have been livid about this method of revisionism used by the other side of this debate. It is often said that “Satoshi’s vision” or the creator himself doesn’t matter, but BCH supporters believe most free-thinking individuals understand that history is important. Satoshi’s words and his original white paper is extremely vital towards keeping the network from being perverted. Anyone who denies history doesn’t understand how things came to be, and they will have a serious issue coping with the future. The past is the future’s direct causation. The very title of the white paper explains that bitcoin is a “peer-to-peer electronic cash system” which shows absolutely no references to holding the coin as a speculative asset, or any comparison that represents a ‘digital store of value.’ 

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written
Bitcoin.org removes certain descriptions from the front page. The front page has been replaced again with the 2010 definitions and the website’s co-owner Cobra thinks it is a good idea to remove them when necessary. 

Can’t Afford to Send Bitcoin? — Deal With It — It’s ‘Censorship Resistant’ for a Certain Group of Individuals  

After close to a decade, one by one, BCH supporters state that specific features that used to be promoted widely among the bitcoin community have been slowly forgotten. In the early days, bitcoin was considered pseudonymous and needed tools like mixers and tumblers that could help provide anonymity. However, due to the rise in transaction costs most bitcoin mixers and tumblers found the network unsustainable, and many were unable to mix coins because network fees were both too expensive and unreliable. Further, during the times when BTC suffered from extreme network congestion, and unconfirmed transactions spiked to well over 200,000, darknet mixers and tumblers were called out for ‘spamming the network.’

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written
There’s no one that can really argue that this meme is irrelevant.

Remember when transactions were once described as cheaper than most centralized processors like Western Union? In the early days, people envisioned billions of micropayments helping people in need and third world countries. Instead throughout 2015- 2017, Core advocates and developers stated they didn’t mind if fees aggregated to $100 per transaction. Core developer Gregory Maxwell stated during the worst period of BTC’s transaction backlog and $60 fees that he was popping bottles of champagne.  

"Personally, I'm pulling out the champagne that market behaviour is
indeed producing activity levels that can pay for security without
inflation, and also producing fee paying backlogs needed to stabilize
consensus progress as the subsidy declines." ~ Greg Maxwell Dec. 21, 2017

It didn’t matter that economically unfortunate countries couldn’t afford to use the bitcoin blockchain as long as the chain continued to remain ‘censorship resistant’ — Ironically this thought process leads to the censorship of more than 2/3rds of this world who have a hard time considering paying $0.25 cents per transaction (tx) let alone $30-60 USD per tx. It’s safe to say that enjoying the rising fee market process is straight out of a Ponzi scheme manual where only the early adopters are those who can afford to use the network benefits.

The Resurrection of Killer Apps

Core supporters will tell you that bitcoin cash proponents are deceptive by utilizing the open brand name ‘bitcoin,’ when in fact all BCH proponents believe they are doing is “adhering to Satoshi’s original vision.” In fact, the chain and the BCH community are direct derivatives of stubborn blowback. Revisionists and actors with confirmation bias have clung to arguments that make no sense and act like the world is ready to adopt a whole new infrastructure called the ‘Lightning Network.’ This is after realizing on-chain BTC transactions are not very fast, and on-chain BTC transaction fees are unreliable especially during times of demand. Unfortunately, mainstream attention that took place during Q4 of 2017, was one of the worst periods of time for congestion, as BTC fees aggregated to upwards of $60 per transaction and confirmation times of up to a week for low fees. Then the mainstream was directed to a system that is not even close to widespread adoption, even though this mainstream audience was basically at a tipping point towards mass adoption.

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written
On April 4, a report was published that detailed major flaws and topology concerns with the Lightning Network. The author of this study was neither a bitcoin cash or bitcoin core holder.

Fortunately for mainstream adopters, BCH supporters believe bitcoin cash will be there to provide the very things that were promised in the early days that made the idea of cryptocurrencies so cool — actual fast, cheap, and reliable transactions that cannot be censored.

This is because BCH supporters state that mainstream audiences and users from third world countries won’t be hindered from using the cryptocurrency due to unreliable transfer times and tumultuous network fees. They also won’t have to learn to adopt a new network on top of the blockchain or learn about the flaws of routing, watchtowers, centralized hubs, opening channels, or keeping coins online in limbo. No, all they will have to learn is how to use bitcoin as it was taught for the past nine years. Mainstream audiences are also getting a glimpse of an ‘application resurrection’ of tools that were once heralded by the BTC community. The bitcoin cash ecosystem has resurrected mixers and tumblers, micro-tipping applications, a Bittorrent platform, social media apps like Memo and Blockpress, even the ability to send very small fractions of BCH without an internet connection.  

Remembering Satoshi's Vision — As it Was Written

Protecting Propaganda and Censorship Over Conscience and Principles

Bitcoin cash proponents think that revisionists will continue to try and say that Satoshi and the white paper “doesn’t matter” and will attempt to revise history to make bitcoin something that it is not. Why do BCH enthusiasts believe this? Likely it is because supporters of bitcoin revisionism have defended propaganda and censorship, so much that it has become a routine activity on some of bitcoin’s most frequented forums. All of this for a stubborn win-at-any-cost mentality that wouldn’t even allow the discussion or open debate of adding one measly megabyte to the block size. No, BCH proponents believe the confusion Core supporters complain about, rests on their conscience, because they obfuscated the protocol’s original intentions, anonymous minions sniffed out dissenting opinions, and cried when they got the blowback (the birth of BCH) they deserved.

It’s safe to say that Satoshi’s vision will be remembered, and his white paper will remain safe from changes. However, BCH supporters understand that the revisionists will also be recognized for being intellectually dishonest and as sophists attempting to keep bitcoin hostage. Bitcoin cash enthusiasts believe that after August 1, 2017 bitcoin’s hostile takeover has ended, and there is now an avenue available to continue following Satoshi’s vision. 

What do you think about the idea that most BCH supporters believe that Core proponents have revised history and have tried to lessen Satoshi’s vision and even alter the white paper? How do you remember this history? Let us know in the comments below.

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Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

Today’s Bitcoin in Brief is all about you. Specifically, it’s about how you should be hiding your wallet seed and locking down your op-sec to prevent any fools from jacking your crypto. We’ve got all that, plus a cornucopia of other juicy morsels in your daily roundup of the last 24 hours in bitcoin.

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Hide Yo Crypto, Hide Yo Seed

When it comes to concealing your wallet seed, it needs to be impossible for anyone else to find, but still easy enough for you to recall where you’ve stashed it. Trezor have dispensed a few practical tips on how to achieve this. They’ve left nothing to chance in their guide for the ultra-paranoid, including advice that you should “Mind the CCTV cameras in your vicinity”. You never know who’s watching.

If you’re enough of a bitcoin bigshot to be recognized on the street, don’t carry your wallet with you. Or you could take the approach favored by former Bitgo engineer Jameson Lopp (Bitgo CTO Ben Davenport has just announced he’s leaving the company, incidentally):

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

Testnet bitcoins. Or as some people like to call them, “litecoin”.

Bitcoin Crazyness Is a Bad Name for a Good App

Bitcoin Crazyness is a naff name for a very good cryptocurrency tracker app. It’s got all the usual features you’d expect, but what’s cool is there are trading signals built in, such as moving averages and fibonaccis. You can even set alerts for the best time to buy.

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

Halong Mining Delivers the Goods

Halong Mining, a Bitmain competitor, was behind schedule on shipping its ASICs which a good many miners had shelled out for. Some people, including Bitcoin.org’s Cobra, had been adamant that the company was a scam, and would never deliver its Dragonmint 16T, billed as “the world’s most efficient Bitcoin miner”. Well now it has, forcing Cobra to eat his words, but at least he was gracious about it:

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

Bmex Exchange Gets BTFO

Japan’s Financial Services Agency has been flexing its muscles in the wake of January’s Coincheck hack, and it has no qualms about clamping down on impropriety. On March 5, the FSA inspected the country’s Bmex exchange and it didn’t like what it saw. As a result, it’s now suspended the exchange until June 12 while it gets its affair in order. Bmex in turn has apologized to its customers. Japan’s remaining exchanges will be treading very carefully from now on.

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

How to Use Crypto Reddit

You’d think Reddit was easy enough for even a newb to master. In fact r/bitcoin is where many crypto newcomers start out. This hasn’t stopped Token Report from issuing a guide to navigating crypto subreddits. It’s found there to be 62 active crypto boards, and observed the smaller communities to be the most engaged. It notes: “There appears to be attrition in total community engagement, or the percentage of subscribers online at any given point, after about 2 years of a subreddit being created.”

The question is, is this due to users getting bored of the altcoin or bored of the network?

We’ll leave you with this thought, which many crypto traders can surely relate to:

Bitcoin in Brief Saturday: Hide Your Seed

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“I don’t want this” says Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles in Surprise ‘Ask-Me-Anything’

Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Does a Surprise 'Ask-Me-Anything' Forum Post

On April 4, 2018, the notorious former CEO of the now defunct bitcoin exchange Mt Gox started an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) post on the Reddit forum /r/bitcoin. Mark Karpeles (AKA Magical Tux) explained that he’s willing to answer questions concerning the controversial bankruptcy process that’s taking place in Japan within the Tokyo court system. Karpeles writes that he doesn’t want the remaining funds to be distributed to the Mt Gox company at all, but unfortunately due to bankruptcy laws in Japan, the exchange and its owners may end up with a large portion of the money.

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Mark Karpeles Wants Closure for Himself and Everyone Involved with the Mt Gox Fiasco

Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Does a Surprise 'Ask-Me-Anything' Forum PostMark Karpeles has reached out to the bitcoin community to let them know that he isn’t pleased with the way the Mt Gox bankruptcy is going. Essentially Karpeles explains that the way the process works is the shareholders will get paid the amount agreed upon by the courts which is less than $500 per BTC, and Mt Gox could walk away with over a billion dollars. The former Mt Gox CEO details that he doesn’t want the money and he hopes this case can come to a close soon.      

“The fact that today this is a possibility is an aberration and I believe it is my responsibility to make sure it doesn’t happen — One of the ways to do this would be civil rehabilitation, and as it seems most creditors agree with this, I am doing my best to help make it happen,” explains Karpeles during the evening hours in Japan.

I do not want to become instantly rich — I do not ask for forgiveness — I just want to see this end as soon as possible with everyone receiving their share of what they had on MtGox so everyone, myself included, can get some closure.

Karpeles Thinks That Maybe He Should Have Had Some Help Running Mt Gox

During the discussion, one commenter gets upset with Mark about the trustee who is selling thousands of BTC and BCH on the open market at the court’s discretion. Karpeles details that the trustee was appointed by the court and he has no control over that process. “I only wish to see bitcoins returned to all MtGox creditors as soon as possible,” the former exchange operator reveals. Moreover, Karpeles explains the industry was so nascent at the time of the hack, and he was a young “techie” that he maybe should have used business advisors while running the Mt Gox trading platform.  

“When buying MtGox I should have had people around me to advise me and help with the management starting with the MtGox transfer contract — I’m a tech guy, and bitcoin was a tech thing at the time. In April 2011 there was an article in Forbes which changed Bitcoin forever, and I found myself managing emergencies every day without any time to do the work that’d need to be actually done,” Karpeles explains in his AMA.

Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles Does a Surprise 'Ask-Me-Anything' Forum Post
Mark Karpeles was once the CEO and lead programmer for the Mt Gox exchange before the business went bankrupt in 2014.

How Karpeles Found the Paper Wallet Containing 200,000 BTC

Then Karpeles details how he found the paper wallet containing the 200,000 BTC that is now being sold for fiat and will be distributed among shareholders. In total 800,000 BTC was lost in the Mt Gox scandal and after the exchange went underwater, Karpeles found the cold storage wallet with the remaining coins.

“When MtGox filed for bankruptcy we evaluated the company as being bankrupt. Between its first trade in July 2010 and the bankruptcy in February 2014, MtGox accumulated a lot of history, including various attempts at implementing secure cold wallets back in 2011,” Karpeles emphasizes.

Despite being less secure that actual paper wallet, that cold wallet, a aes encrypted wallet.dat file, still contained almost 200,000 BTC. Upon discovery the BTC were moved to a safer environment and lawyers worked on how to announce this to the court. An announcement was made after those BTC were moved to a new paper-based cold wallet with approval of the court.

Unable to Control the Final Outcome

Throughout the conversation, it seems Mark Karpeles wants to do the community right, and most of all help the people who lost funds when Mt Gox fell apart. However, it doesn’t seem like he has any control over the court’s rulings and the trustee’s distribution process. For the first hour, Karpeles answered a variety of questions but has since left the post he created and has not responded to any questions since.

What do you think about Mark Karpeles’ random AMA post today? Let us know in the comments below.

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Slump Begone: What’s Next For Cryptocurrencies? Tokens & Purpose

I know most of you are worried about price and the recent slump in the overall market valuation. Personally speaking, that does not concern me one bit as I believe this price and volume downfall is just temporary. As I mentioned before the market is no-where near maturity as the basis technology – distributed ledgers

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Plagiary Is The Worst Cryptocurrency Scam of All

Plagiary Is The Worst Cryptocurrency Scam of All

There’s a 99% chance that you’re reading these words on news.Bitcoin.com. And there’s a 1% chance that you’re reading them on some other cryptocurrency site. It might have a similar name to this one, or it might be called something entirely different. But whatever its name, it wasn’t responsible for producing this content – it simply copied and pasted it from Bitcoin.com. Some people call plagiary the greatest form of flattery. Others call it the worst fraud of all.

Also read: Coingeek to Fund the BCH Anonymizer Mixing Platform ‘Cash Shuffle’

Crypto Copycats Are Copying Cats

Plagiary Is The Worst Cryptocurrency Scam of AllThere’s a fine but very important line between copying and plagiary. Copying is when you take another person’s idea and make it better. Plagiary is when you take another person’s idea. When Charlie Lee created litecoin, all he did was reproduce the bitcoin code and reduce the block time from 10 minutes to 2.5. It was copying, but he didn’t try to pass it off as his own work, and in the years since, the litecoin codebase has significantly deviated from bitcoin.

Copying is an integral part of human nature. It’s how we learn to speak, dress, and eat. It’s how our music evolves, through decades and genres, and it’s how our favorite internet memes are born, reborn, and then remixed to generate new laughs and new contextual applications. Most of the early hip-hop records you know and love, for example, are simply looped Motown or jazz samples. They’re not original compositions, and yet few would dispute that hip-hop represented a new musical formula that was simultaneously familiar and yet fresh.

A Plagiary on Both Your Houses

Copying is human nature. Plagiary, on the other hand, is the worst scam of all. It betrays a dearth of imagination and it’s infecting every sphere of the cryptoverse. ICOs copying chunks of their competitors’ white papers verbatim (here’s looking at you Dadi and Tron); cryptocurrencies copying the ethereum codebase and passing it off as their own (ohai there Tomochain); crypto blogs copy-pasting articles from news.Bitcoin.com and publishing them without shame.

Plagiary Is The Worst Cryptocurrency Scam of All

One of the worst repositories for counterfeit content is r/bitcoin, whose users would rather link to spammy Indian websites than credit news.Bitcoin.com with breaking news that’s relevant to their interests. That’s their choice, just as it’s their choice to seek to censor and ban anything that doesn’t accord to their world view. But here’s the thing about all this rampant plagiary that’s infecting the world of cryptocurrency: the biggest losers in all this aren’t the plagiarized – it’s the plagiarists.

No One Likes a Thief

Every time an ICO gets busted for copying a white paper, they’re the only losers. Because the crypto community are very good at spotting fakes, and if you try to pass another’s work off as your own, some internet detective will take pride in calling you out on it. Similarly, for every site that reproduces this article, and every other article published by news.Bitcoin.com, the loss in traffic is negligible. But these copycat sites can forget about their Google ranking, because Google doesn’t look twice at sites that publish duplicate content.

To make it in the world of cryptocurrency, you don’t need the most original idea of all time. You just need the capability to take an existing idea and make it better. There’s no shame in emulating others. But have some decorum about it. If you’re going to plagiarize others and claim credit for their endeavors, you deserve everything you get – namely a big fat nothing.

Do you think plagiary is a major problem within the cryptocurrency space? Let us know in the comments section below.

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This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

Last month a 16-year old girl from India created a digital currency price ticker that tracks the price of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin cash, ethereum, and many others. However, when Harshita Arora introduced the iOS application to members of the bitcoin community who patronize the Reddit forum /r/bitcoin, she was accused of plagiarizing the app. Unfortunately, even though the accusations were false, Arora was further discriminated for being a woman, while commenters also speculated that an individual at her age couldn’t possibly create an iOS platform.

Also read: The 65 Percent Price Dip Has Made ‘Bitcoin Whales’ A lot More BTC

This week news.Bitcoin.com spoke with, Harshita Arora, a 16-year old girl who developed the Crypto Price Tracker application for iPhones. Arora explains she lives in a small town just outside of New Delhi in India and she’s a big fan of technology. Arora has been studying computer science, and was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for a summer internship. Arora decided to make a cryptocurrency price tracking app for iOS and announced the launch of the project on January 28.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

However, when she announced the app herself on the forum /r/bitcoin, she was greeted by a mob of people who didn’t believe she created the app. One critic wrote a blog post detailing that the app was plagiarized although the story was later revealed as false. Most of the criticism came from the fact Arora hired help to do some of the backend coding on the Crypto Price Tracker. But following the accusations /r/bitcoin patrons started harassing Arora for being young and a wrote hateful and sexist comments to her. News.Bitcoin.com chatted with Arora to hear how she got into coding and cryptocurrencies but more importantly how she dealt with the issues she faced launching the platform.

Harshita Apps: How This Young Woman Overcame False Accusations and Attacks from Redditors

News.Bitcoin.com (BC): Can you tell our readers how you got into coding applications?

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate Harshita Arora (HA): I got into technology at first because of my CS teacher at school. He’d assign really interesting projects to play with design software, Google Scratch, and the MIT App Inventor so we could learn programming concepts and start building fun programs and software. He planted the seed that eventually made me more interested. I then invested my time in programming and building things. I learned iOS app development in Swift around 2017 after I came back from MIT summer program. After working on an iOS app, at the university with a team, and learning from my friends.

BC: What got you into bitcoin and cryptocurrencies?

HA: The first time I heard about cryptocurrencies was in 2016, in a tech magazine I used to read every month (Digit). I learned about Bitcoin mining and understood some basic underlying technology and cryptography.

And then in 2017, cryptos and bitcoin was all over my Facebook feed and Quora. So I started getting more curious and read up more online.

BC: What made you decide to develop the Crypto Price Tracker?

HA: I’ve written a bit here in this article. In short, it was because of frustration from using horribly-designed apps that made it extremely hard for me to keep up to date with prices. And being a designer and maker at heart, I couldn’t stop myself from designing a new app with a better UI and UX.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

BC: When you introduced the application to the Reddit (bitcoin) community there were a lot of negative people saying mean things. Why do you think that happened?

HA: Well, when I first introduced the app on the launch day (28th Jan), it got a lot of positive reaction. This was the thread. I got a lot of positive feedback on the app and how I could improve it further. I saw a lot of my traffic (in iTunes Connect App Analytics) came from Reddit. And I read four 5 star reviews mentioning that they came from Reddit. One of them even said, “I came here from Reddit, and I was not disappointed.”

But a woman decrypted my app on a jailbroken iPhone and wrote an angry blog post accusing me of plagiarizing the app based on inconclusive evidence. She posted it on Reddit, and that’s where it went viral and invited a lot of abuse and hatred.

BC: Do you think your age had anything to do with the criticism?

HA: Likely, but I’m not sure. I’ve been thinking about it based on the patterns in the comments. There were quite a lot of sexist, racist, and ageist remarks by some abusers. Not sure if any of that was the sole reason people criticised me and my app. But it could be a strong reason because *some* people have a hard time believing that there are teen entrepreneurs and developers out there.

This 16-Year Old Crypto-App Developer Fights Back Against Reddit Hate

BC: Do you think this type of behavior may be only particular to the Reddit bitcoin crowd? — as in — Do you have confidence the bitcoin community overall is far friendlier?

HA: After the article on The Daily Beast was published, I got an overwhelming amount of positive emails and messages from supporters in the bitcoin and crypto community.

People emphasized to me and understood what I had to go through. It might be just r/bitcoin that was nasty to me – but again, I’m not too sure.

BC: Are you a bitcoin holder or own any other cryptocurrencies?

HA: No, I don’t invest in bitcoin or other cryptos. I’m much more interested in the technology more so than the economics. I think people have been treating cryptos wrongly as an asset to invest in and to make quick money with.

BC: Where you live do any of your peers or classmates know much about bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Maybe classmates or friends?     

HA: I live in a small town in North India. All of my friends use the Internet regularly. My closest friends know about bitcoin and are actually building applications for bitcoin and cryptos. I tend to spend most of my friend time with other nerds. As for classmates, I do not go to school. I left formal schooling in 2016.

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