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BCH Microblog ‘Member’ Shows the Future of Reddit-Like Forums

Since the Bitcoin Cash upgrade in May 2018, software developers have unleashed a slew of microblogging protocols that utilize OP_return transactions. One application called Member is a BCH-based browser that makes use of these types of transactions and the extra space added to the data carrier size. While still in its infancy, the Member platform has matured into a censorship-resistant Reddit but with geolocated posts, reputational ratings, and native BCH tipping. Also Read: At Least 19 Central Banks Give Way to Monetary Easing As Economy Slows The Member Client Continues to Grow Years ago, Reddit was an interesting online place that allowed many groups to connect, share news and content, and discuss in a forum-like atmosphere. These days, Reddit is synonymous with mass censorship and deplatforming as the corporate entity has banned a variety of subreddits this year. The crypto community caught wind of Reddit censorship last year when the company removed the subreddit /r/darknetmarkets. Reddit users can’t even trust the company’s founder and CEO Steve Huffman who was forced to apologize when he got caught altering pro-Trump related thread comments. Reddit censorship has increased significantly in recent years. Bitcoin supporters have seen severe forms of censorship on the subreddit /r/bitcoin as the owner and moderator Theymos and his minions deleted thousands of comments from visitors and suppressed the conversation during the block size debate. Last May, a former moderator who worked alongside Theymos told Bitcoin.com’s podcast host Matt Aaron how he was removed from the group of administrators after he failed to toe the line. Censorship like this has driven the BCH community to foster censorship-resistant microblogging communities like Memo. In tandem with Memo, another application called Member could push the Reddit-like forum concept to new heights using the BCH chain. Member has been around for some time now but the application has matured a great deal since news.Bitcoin.com reported on it last year. The application’s creator, a developer called Freetrade, describes the platform on Github, calling it a BCH blockchain browser. “It reads and allows users to create actions in the Memo/Member protocol — The client is an HTML5/JS BCH blockchain browser app with no outside js dependencies and it can be run from a website, or from a local file system,” Freetrade’s Github repo details. “Currently it connects to the Member server to get content, and uses Bitbox to get utxos and broadcast transactions.” Member treats topics like subreddits Getting Acquainted With the Member App In order to use Member, you need to have an account with the social network and microblogging app memo.cash where all posts are permanently recorded to the Bitcoin Cash chain. You can sign up for Memo here and it’s a good idea to fund your Memo wallet with a small fraction of BCH so you can post on memo.cash and the Member platform as well. To access Member, go to the website and press the “Login” tab at the top right side of the screen. You can also sign up directly from the Member Login page by pressing the “Create New Account” tab. Creating a new account with a Memo private key. Member will tell you to connect your wallet address to get started so you can post. After pressing “Ok,” Member will direct you to a page that shows your new BCH address so you can send a small fraction of funds. If you already have an account or started by signing up for memo.cash using the link mentioned above then Member asks you to paste your Memo private key (compressed WIF format, starts with ‘L’ or ‘K’) into the Login window. After these steps are complete, you are free to explore the Member app but also to create posts, upvote, tip people BCH, and initiate a geolocated post. Creating a new account without a Memo private key. To create a new post on Member, simply press the “New post” tab on the upper left side of the user interface. The platform will open a window that allows you to customize a new post with a title and text. You can also post a memorandum or post directly to the memo.cash feed. After creating a post, other Member users can reply to the thread just like a traditional Reddit post and they can “like” the post as well. Moreover, you can be tipped bitcoin cash as Member offers a native BCH wallet that allows for tipping users. If you observe Member’s main feed, it’s set up similarly to the front page of Reddit and there’s a large variety of threads and discussions hosted on the feed. Additionally, you can check the most recent posts on the Member feed by pressing the “Posts (new)” tab on the upper left side of the screen. Creating a new post on Member. Geolocated Posts, 2,000 Characters, and a Reputation System You can also tether your location coordinates to a custom message using the Member app. At the top left side of the screen simply press the “Map” tab and the website will take you to a map of the world. Like a traditional geolocation map, your browser will ask you if you want to give the Member map your location coordinates so you can get a visual look at your area. The choice is optional but if you do, you can tie a special message to your location that’s written on the BCH chain. Essentially you or anyone can tether a message to any location in the world for less than a U.S. penny at any time. Just click the map with your mouse pointer to select the message location, write it and post it to the Member map. After a few minutes of exploring the Member app’s features, the platform is relatively easy to understand and use. Member users can tie a message to a geolocation from anywhere in the world at anytime for less than a penny per message. Member’s creator Freetrade has been hard at work adding more services to the application like reputational ratings and increased character limits for messages. The software engineer recently made it so Member users can reply with much longer character limits. “Member now allows 2,000 character replies by chaining transactions together — Member also treats topics more like subreddits,” Freetrade told BCH supporters on September 15. This announcement got the /r/btc community on Reddit pumped due to their intolerance of censorship. “Wow, now we’re talking,” a BCH proponent opined after Freetrade revealed the 2,000 character extension. “Reddit is slowly dying because of censorship and abuse from admins — If we could create a decentralized alternative on BCH that would be huge,” he added. In addition to the character extension, Freetrade has introduced a web of trust infrastructure to the Member platform. The new idea allows you to rate other Memo profiles using the Member app by giving them a public trust rating. Freetrade has shown that as the reputation system matures, robust trust graphs could be created. (Right) bootstrapping memo.cash ratings. (Left) An example of a more mature trust graph initiated by Freetrade’s ratings. There’s been a lot of development within the BCH ecosystem and Member’s improvements have bolstered a microblogging and censorship-resistant Reddit-like experience. As with most peer-to-peer and decentralized blockchain applications, Member needs to gather more users over time. Memo and Member have seen a lot of lively users since they were created and both have grown a great deal. While projects like Blockpress have fallen to the wayside and are now defunct, the Memo and Member apps have remained strong after the long crypto winter and the blockchain split in November 2018. One difference between the two clients is the Memo protocol browses both BCH and BSV blockchains but the Member app only browses the BCH chain. Freetrade continues to work on making the Member client more robust and has put together a list of certain elements of the project he could use help with. What do you think about the Member client? Let us know what you think about this project in the comments section below. Image credits: Shutterstock, Member, and Pixabay. Do you need a reliable bitcoin mobile wallet to send, receive, and store your coins? Download one for free from us and then head to our Purchase Bitcoin page where you can quickly buy bitcoin with a credit card. The post BCH Microblog ‘Member’ Shows the Future of Reddit-Like Forums appeared first on Bitcoin News.
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How EA Took The Number One Spot For The Most Downvoted Comment in Reddit’s History

Electronic Arts (EA), is one of the most popular video game companies headquartered in California. It’s the second largest game company based on revenue, coming after Blizzard and ahead of Ubisoft. Last year, the EACommunityTeam account on Reddit made a comment in regards to their newly released Star Wars Battlefront game. The comment was in response to a thread titled “Seriously? I paid 80$ to have Vader locked?”.  The thread was made to complain about the locked characters that Star Wars Battlefront had, even after you purchased the game for a whopping $80. EA has been criticized for quite some time to have ridiculous paywalls for many of its games, and it seems locking Vader in an $80 game was the straw the broke the camel’s back. When EA responded to the thread with: “The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes,” the community went haywire. The comment received over 600k downvotes making it the number one most downvoted comment in Reddit’s history. The full comment reads: “The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes. As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we’re looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we’ll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay. We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets. Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can.” The outrage came from the fact that EA was trying to pull in more money after already overcharging for the game. $80 is almost double what most games cost these days, hell you can get GTA V Online for $20 and have everything unlocked… why should you pay $80 for a game that still has ridiculous paywalls. One response that resonated with me was ca990‘s: “10 years ago I could put in a cheat code to unlock them if I didn’t care about a sense of “achievement.” Now I need to put in my credit card number.” The sense of achievement can come from leveling your character, not unlocking certain characters which should have been playable in the first place. Moreover, if the game didn’t cost $80, but $20 instead then locking certain characters behind paywalls would make more sense. The high game price and the paywall was almost insult to injury when it came to the players. Since then, EA has reduced the amount of credits required to unlock Darth Vader. Instead of the 60k credits paywall, he is now behind a 15k credits paywall, a pretty good compromise if you ask me. Whether EA has actually learned their lesson is hard to tell. While they did make changes to the paywall, its doubtful the paywalls will stop anytime soon. However, maybe in the future EA will be more careful with what features they lock and the price they put on their games. The post How EA Took The Number One Spot For The Most Downvoted Comment in Reddit’s History appeared first on NullTX.
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Crypto Reddit + Twitter client app for realtime market sentiments need some testers

Hi community tldr; app combines Reddit, Twitter, Chats, Crypto stuffs... needed iOS Testflight testers. I spent the last crypto winter to build an all-in-one social client app for crypto professionals. As we all know, the most important social channels of cryptocurrency are Reddit (best, accurate, slow 5-10mins), Twitter (polluted, noisy, fast 1-5mins), and IM platforms like Telegram and Discords (narrow, very fast instant). Camelot app includes ALL the features above, plus lots of curated tools like market sentiment, news outlets, indexes...etc. (and even a crypto cam!) As of today, I need some beta testers to stress test some of the functions, mainly on the public chat rooms. Please help me out if you have time. You will need a Reddit account and a Twitter account to register to the system. The Twitter account is mandatory for app wise id. Camelot is an ios app, Apple Testflight download link https://testflight.apple.com/join/jWoZAEyL There are some screenshots and list of features on my website if you want to know what you are going to test https://camelot.chat PS. This limited 500 Testflight app is a VIP version. Lifetime free, Unlimited accounts, top-level clearance. If you are on the Android side, you also can help me by upvoting this post! Feedback appreciated, thank you for your time! a Cryptocurrency Believer, Hodler, Buidler
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This Bitcoin Bird Feeder Has Reddit Flocking to Spend CryptoThis Bitcoin Bird Feeder Has Reddit Flocking to Spend Crypto – CCN Markets

Bitcoin may not be for the birds afterall. An interactive bird-feeder which is being live-streamed via YouTube allows users to feed birds with cryptocurrency donations. Despite Bitcoin being the largest, most well-known cryptocurrency in the world, it seems that animal lovers are more fond of the altcoins Nano (NANO) and Litecoin (LTC). A check of […] The post This Bitcoin Bird Feeder Has Reddit Flocking to Spend Crypto appeared first on CCN Markets A livestreamed bird-feeder which accepts cryptocurrency donations reveals Bitcoin to be extremely under-utilized compared to altcoins Nano and Litecoin.
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Bakkt, a subsidiary of New York Stock Exchange owner Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE: ICE), launched its long-awaited physically backed Bitcoin futures Monday.  The first Bakkt/ICE futures contract changed hands at $10,115 and the number of contracts in the first hour stood at just five total, CoinDesk reported. It's widely belived in the ...Full story available on Benzinga.com
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Bakkt has finally opened its platform for physically-delivered Bitcoin futures, but the response has been underwhelming. Nearly a year after the owners of the New York Stock Exchange announced their foray into cryptocurrency, markets responded to the new institutional trading venue with another 1.8% price drop. First announced last August, the long-delayed launch “was an important step toward bringing trusted infrastructure to digital assets,” wrote CEO Kelly Loeffler. The physically-settled futures platform is expected to provide a crucial infrastructure for institutional trading in cryptocurrencies. But some pundits have expressed disappointment at today’s volumes. Four hours before the market closes, only $550,000 worth of BTC futures have exchanged hands. One well-known cryptocurrency analyst described volumes as “not great,” while CoinDesk said trading on Bakkt was off to a “slow start.”   Source: Bakkt   At face value, these low volumes might suggest that institutional investors aren’t very interested in cryptocurrencies. Based on today’s activity, Bakkt volumes are unlikely to rival the futures product from CME Group, which traded $470M in its first week. But there’s an important distinction. CME’s futures are all cash-settled, meaning that all the trading is done in fiat currencies. The underlying asset may be Bitcoin, but at no point does either side have to actually hold it. From a legal perspective, that makes CME futures much simpler for institutional investors, making them no different from a similar future in wheat, maize or gold. In contrast, Bakkt’s futures are all physically delivered, meaning that the underlying assets have to be transferred on a specified date. Institutional investors have to take custody of actual bitcoins, with a lot more hoops to jump. In order to regularly trade in Bakkt bitcoin futures, institutional investors will have to consult specialized legal counsel, acquire new insurance policies, and possibly update their investors, as well as find a custodian to for the digital asset. “[S]ome of [Bakkt’s] largest prospective clients still don’t have permission to trade physically-delivered futures contracts,” wrote analysts at BeQuant Exchange in a note. “As such, [the] build it and they will come mantra may not necessarily result in an influx of new, hot money, at least not right away.” It’s hard to know what the big institutional investors were thinking when Bakkt opened up shop for the first time. But, given the fact that the platform is dealing with a volatile asset class, which has a nebulous regulatory status, it’s no surprise that many high rollers are playing wait-and-see. If there’s one lesson to be learned from Bakkt’s trading today, it’s that the cryptocurrency space still has a tendency towards overblown expectations.  Institutional investors were never going to dive headfirst into an unfamiliar asset. A cautious start to Bakkt’s futures today is a good sign, indicating that the majority of investors are still playing it safe.   The post Late Bloomer: Why Bakkt’s Slow Start Is No Surprise appeared first on Crypto Briefing.
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Nicholas Merten: Now Is the Time for Ravencoin, BAT and Chainlink

YouTube star Nicholas Merten is a fan of crypto, but like everyone else, he’s noticed the gradual downplay of bitcoin as of late. Once again, bitcoin has dropped below the $10,000 mark and is trading for just over $9,800. While this isn’t a major fall, the currency seems to have wavered between this mark and $10,200 over the past month. Merten: Altcoins Are Making a Comeback Merten isn’t concerned by this. In fact, he’s looking to use the situation to his advantage, and advises others to do the same. As the host of YouTube’s “Data Dash,” arguably one of the most popular cryptocurrency channels on the streaming and video site, Merten claims that there are three specific cryptocurrencies that are likely to shoot up now that bitcoin is wavering if people are looking to invest. Those cryptocurrencies are Basic Attention Token (BAT), Raven Coin (RVN), and Chain Link (LINK). In a recent interview, he states that these three tokens are likely to grow heavily over the next 12 months, explaining:  At the current moment, looking at [bitcoin] market dominance, it does look like we’re starting to enter into a trend shift where altcoins can start to gain as we retest back towards bitcoin’s high of $20,000. The last two [altcoin cycles] that we had were at the end of the overall bitcoin cycle where bitcoin reached $20,000. The first one happened at the beginning of 2017 when bitcoin retested its high at $1,100. For the most part, altcoins have had a relatively rough year in 2019. Bitcoin on the other hand, has experienced steady growth since April, doubling its price since then from $5,000 to about $10,000. While many have focused on bitcoin as of late, Merten says he’s starting to see funds travel into smaller, competing coins. He says:  As bitcoin does increase over time, as we tend to see a general growth in bitcoin’s price, we tend to see more risk taking in different types of digital assets. As more liquidity has entered bitcoin, you have the ability now, through exchanges, for that liquidity to exit into other alternative investments. Sometimes, that can be rampant speculation, and in other cases, it can be driven through fundamentals. I believe this time around, in this cycle, we’re going to see more going toward fundamental developed projects that actually have real demand.  Why These Three and Not Others? Chain Link is big in that it’s joined software company Oracle to help blockchains connect with outside networks. Raven Coin is significant because it allows developers to establish their own tokens, while BAT is moving forward in that it is attached to the Brave browser, which seeks to block advertisements and trackers from following one’s searches and online activity. Merten is confident BAT will be very important in the field of privacy. The post Nicholas Merten: Now Is the Time for Ravencoin, BAT and Chainlink appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.
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