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Offline bitsapphire

Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:16:36 PM »

Dear Bitsharestalk community,

Today we have several exciting announcements to make!

Bitsharestalk.org is now under Bitsapphire ownership and management. Our team is excited to be part of this emerging industry!
Please keep in mind that this forum is a separate entity from I3 but works together with the industry as a whole.

Amazon, the original creator and manager of the forum, had other day to day activities to look after. He decided that a professional full time team needed to get behind the forum and that the community needed long term plans.

Until the end of the year these are our plans for the forum:
  • Switch the forum over to Discourse once the android/iphone app matures. (See example community). This won’t happen until we find a good solution for the taptalk android users in the forum.
  • Find a better solution for communication between the Chinese and American community on the forum (for the first time this month we got more visits from China than the US). Miscommunication is rampant
  • Start a social media and inbound marketing campaign for the community.
  • Backup server in case it goes down.
  • Start penetration testing for the forum.
  • Switch the forum to a different cloud platform (AWS or Google), with better performance
  • Setup social media accounts and create a social media strategy
  • Setup a weekly curated newsletter for forum subscribers. Many readers simply don’t have the time to follow every important discussion.
  • Setup delegates which donates funds to the forum upkeep (to phase out any funds coming from the community)

SEO optimizations on our todo list:
  • Google analytics
  • Google Webmaster Tools
  • Meta Data Inclusion - Meta description creates interest and click through from social media and search
  • Bot Accessibility - Bot-readable URLs need to be mapped to their respective existing forum pages
Frankly, the forum software is almost a decade behind in terms of what web technologies can do now. Our original plan was to slowly change the design of the forum to get everybody accustomed with the new interface and then switch the forum software to Discourse, but that is now off the table. The software is simply too old. Fortunately there are good open source solutions exist.

Please follow us on our new official social media profiles:
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We intend to keep Bitsharestalk free of ads forever. Please vote for our delegates to support the forum and our greater goal of creating Bitshares web applications! Full blogpost of our Bitshares web application plans coming soon!


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Please let us know what you would like to change in terms of forum management and online marketing efforts.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2014, 01:35:39 PM by bitsapphire »
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 09:26:10 PM »
Dartmouth ???

 state/country.... or  country

Kosovo? USA?
Lack of arbitrage is the problem, isn't it. And this 'should' solves it.

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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2014, 09:33:16 PM »
 +5%

I support these guys 100%.

(Please be delicate with transitioning the forum to a different forum software...)
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 09:34:05 PM »
Good news indeed!!  onward and upward
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 09:36:42 PM »
Dartmouth ???

 state/country.... or  country

Kosovo? USA?

Thanks for asking tonyk!

Bitsapphire started at the Dartmouth Entepreneurial Network (DEN) in New Hampshire last winter. Two of us lived in the US for some time and had the chance to take part in the DEN experience. Since then we moved to the republic of Kosovo where the rest of the team is located.
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 09:38:58 PM »
+5%

I support these guys 100%.

(Please be delicate with transitioning the forum to a different forum software...)

Thanks toast! :D

We won't touch the forum software any time soon. We believe that once the BitsharesX wallet UX/UI is ready we will see mass adoption, so we need to get the forum ready for such mass adoption ahead of time.

If need be we will even build a Discourse Android app.
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 09:42:12 PM »
I've seen a Monero forum use that same platform. Many users disliked it since they're used to this type so I think you should expect some reaction by some people. But i've tried it and personally, I like it
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2014, 09:53:18 PM »
AWESOME :'((they are tears of joy)

First its great that someone is taking on the forum as I am sure it is going to be getting very busy around here.

If discourse is the same software GAW miners switched too  I have used it and I am not a big fan. I may be alone in these thoughts but anyone who is more used to a traditional BB experience it will take some adjusting.  Like I said though I think it is great that you are going to try to organize the mess around here because we really need it if we are going to be taken seriously.

Lastly I have asked this question to other delegates and I would like to hear your thoughts, How do you feel about single individuals or companies running multiply delegate accounts?The argument I have heard is that there is not enough people that what to be delegates but I and the list of delegates beg to differ.
So do you think centralization through the running of multiple delegate accounts further compounds the problem? Or do you believe that with only 101 positions that the running of multiple accounts does nothing to hurt the network?   

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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2014, 10:56:02 PM »
OMG this is amazing.

DPOS power..

speechless.
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2014, 11:00:10 PM »
AWESOME :'((they are tears of joy)

First its great that someone is taking on the forum as I am sure it is going to be getting very busy around here.

If discourse is the same software GAW miners switched too  I have used it and I am not a big fan. I may be alone in these thoughts but anyone who is more used to a traditional BB experience it will take some adjusting.  Like I said though I think it is great that you are going to try to organize the mess around here because we really need it if we are going to be taken seriously.

Lastly I have asked this question to other delegates and I would like to hear your thoughts, How do you feel about single individuals or companies running multiply delegate accounts?The argument I have heard is that there is not enough people that what to be delegates but I and the list of delegates beg to differ.
So do you think centralization through the running of multiple delegate accounts further compounds the problem? Or do you believe that with only 101 positions that the running of multiple accounts does nothing to hurt the network?


I have thought of this. At the moment I think it can be understandable but in the future I think one single entity shouldn't run more than 1 delegate, or at least I think that would be the ideal.. I dont know if this has any cons though, like changing delegates in a short period of time if they dont do their job right for example.
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2014, 11:02:34 PM »
Great  +5%

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« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2014, 11:06:04 PM »
(Please be delicate with transitioning the forum to a different forum software...)

absolutely agreed
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2014, 12:42:26 AM »
Great  +5%

@Taulant: FYI the
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2014, 12:43:58 AM »
Thx for info
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Re: Bitsapphire taking over forum maintenance and development
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2014, 06:56:34 AM »
nice ... finally a whole team for the board .. +5%

does switching to Discourse mean I loose me sweets stats and my userid(120)?

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