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  OpenBazaar: Everything in Moderation?
Posted by: Zek - 02-22-2017, 05:52 PM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - Replies (1)

By Open Bazaar Blogger

OpenBazaar Moderators acting like Bitcoin Miners
The most difficult part of any decentralized network is to find ways of securing it and reducing fraud when no one person or institution can control or influence the outcome. With bitcoin, there are miners who compete with one another to earn the reward for ensuring the accuracy of the shared ledger, with OpenBazaar (OB) the moderators will compete with one another to promote honesty between buyers and sellers and earn fees for securing the network by being the third party if any disputes arise. While impossible to have a perfect system where absolutely no fraud takes place, the moderators and user reviews will play in important part in making it as safe as possible to use.

Why use a Moderator?
Using a moderator gives both buyer and seller peace of mind knowing that if a problem arises at least there is someone they can plead their case to in order to protect them from dishonest users. 

More on medium.com

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Thumbs Up African Batik Art (free shipping) & Carvings
Posted by: root - 02-21-2017, 08:21 PM - Forum: Checkout my Store - Replies (1)

African Batik Art (free shipping) & Carvings - Please support us!
https://duosear.ch/419c2c8f608c0a4b52ce7...670d31417a
https://bazaarbay.org/419c2c8f608c0a4b52...670d31417a
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Please post your questions here!

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  Backup Script for OpenBazaar Server
Posted by: andy - 02-20-2017, 11:54 AM - Forum: Support Forum - Replies (2)

Brian put a backup script on GitHub:
https://gist.github.com/bdunbar/d9fa3470...8ecb1d7896

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  the meaning of decentralization | Vitalik
Posted by: obtrader - 02-20-2017, 12:37 AM - Forum: Other News - Replies (1)

Vitalik Buterin just posted the meaning of decentralization medium.com describing a common vision of what it means and what it means in reality.

After reading all the time this kind of thing have to wonder how anyone can find exciting the world of mainstream more.

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  New Year, New OpenBazaar – The Disruption of Disruptive Technology
Posted by: andy - 02-17-2017, 12:45 PM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - No Replies

An openbazaar.org blog post describing the new Version 2.0 improvements, why the team decided to rebuild rather than just update the software, and listing the major points of the rebuild.

More on blog.openbazaar.org



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  Anonymous Ads - a good place to advertise your store?
Posted by: andy - 02-16-2017, 07:17 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

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I've been trying to find places to advertise stores and not having much luck. It was part of the reason for setting up this forum. It's early days for OB as yet so I spose it's unreasonable to expect much. Still, I have an account already with anonymous ads and I think as soon as I have a few good products I'll try it out myself.

They fit well with the privacy ethic already embodied in OB, they don't even want your name and address. We just take that for granted when doing business now, but why on earth should someone demand your name and address when they aren't sending you something?

It's pretty cheap to advertise, they are comparable with all the other ad portals on price, the main difference is that you don't need a college course to be able to understand their interface and the 10 minutes or so it will take to set up your account, advert etc means an extra few hours of leisure which is worth more than money. And pretty much all who see it will already be bitcoin users, so there's some easy 'targeting' for ya.

I wrote an article about them on friendsvps.org but it's not so good, so any discussion here would be appreciated to improve it, cheers.

And here's my reflink, a-ads.com - every little helps!

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  OpenBazaar Ecosystem: Video Interview with Yummitea
Posted by: Zek - 02-15-2017, 05:58 PM - Forum: Open Bazaar News - No Replies

Open Bazaar Blog just posted an interview with Yummitea store owner Ben in their Ecosystem section where they showcase some of the stores on ob. There's a video and the full transcript on blog.openbazaar.org .
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  Why do they call it darknet?
Posted by: Zek - 02-15-2017, 04:38 PM - Forum: General Discussions - No Replies

Congrats OB team, well done on the Tor integration!

I wish the media would stop calling it the darknet! I think the google-government-facebook monitored internet is the darknet, tor is for people who don't want to be monitored, What's dark about that? 

The name itself gives away who named it. It's 'dark' to the spooks and marketers who want to listen in to everything everyone does.  What's dark to them? Privacy! Good honest people engaged in conversation or trade really don't give a crap to know what everyone is doing and saying. The only people who need to know all that are the parasites who prey on those honest people. 

Those are the darknet. They hide under stones and scurry from the light because they know they will be stepped on when discovered. they want the whole world to be in darkness. Don't believe me? What do you think Brian is doing in this photo?


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  Have to re-start VPS node daily?
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-15-2017, 03:07 PM - Forum: Support Forum - Replies (6)

I have been having this issue from the start, and I'm not sure if it's a common problem, or if it's an issue with me going cheap.

I got the cheapest node droplet from Digital Ocean. I find that if I leave it up and running for a period of > 24 hours it tends to time out and I cannot connect to it and it gets de-listed from Duosear.ch etc.

Simple solution I've been doing is every morning, I terminal in using Putty and do the server stop/restart commands.

My fear is if I have to go on vacation or leave for an extended period of time I wouldn't want my store going offline.

Is it an issue with a cache file I can erase? Is this a common issue that other people have had?

Is it possible to write a script that does the server stop/start command every 24 hours? I mean I'm sure there IS a way to write a batch script or something, but I'm a newb at programming and wouldn't know where to start.

Thanks for any hints, or even a link to how to write a batch script would be great! Thanks!

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  Incentive for running nodes?
Posted by: OpenSourcePhotos - 02-15-2017, 03:00 PM - Forum: General Discussions - Replies (4)

I was wondering if there will be any system put into place that will incentivize those running VPS nodes once IPFS comes out.

If you are unfamiliar IPFS will allow people to close the application and their store will still be hosted for 30 days on the network before going offline. As long as the user re-connects within the month, they get re-synced with their store can make changes and continue listing/selling etc.

My worry is that when this happens, everyone will quit hosting VPS as it is not needed, and try to leech off the network. This will be bad as the more nodes the better the network (or I could be wrong in understanding this) . Not that it is very expensive to run a node, for $5 a month I plan on continuing to help the network but my fear is a lot of people become "Leechers" and stop being "Seeders".

Even having a check box or a mark on the store showing that the owner is running a Node - Sort of like a verified Store/Account - giving not a monetary value, but a reputation value attached to running a node and helping the network. The last thing I would want is to start charging fees or skimming sales of people, because I feel the 0% cut/fee is going to be OB's biggest selling point.

If I am misunderstanding this please enlighten me, otherwise I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.

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