Walking the plank to award merits

[SMART] threads described

  25/07/18 06:56 pm, by , Categories: Welcome

I backed off posting here for a while, because there is only so much you can say about not meriting the same old rubbish posts. Things seem to have become a bit quiet as well, so it looks as if I need to do some updating, and a bit of promotion for the Fit to talk English project . I've got a load of other ideas as well, and I'll be introducing those over the next few months, so keep reading this blog. The current one is the [SMART] thread initiative, and I'll explain the concept and rules here.

The [SMART] thread initiative

I've started this initiative in an attempt to create some readable and constructive threads that will stand out in the swamp of low value spam and bounty threads. [SMART] means Self-Moderated And Rewarded Thread. It's self-moderated because I will delete any posts that do not comply with my [SMART] standards, and I hope that this will keep the thread clean and easy to read. 'Rewarded' means that I will be revisiting the thread, and I will read all of the posts, so any quality post will stand a good chance of being merited by me. Hopefully these threads will be read by other merit awarders, so posters don't have to rely on me for merits. Having said that, the merits shouldn't be your primary reason for posting in the threads. I want to promote good and interesting discussions, so you don't have to agree with me.

International members are welcome to post in the threads, but please try to  write English with a reasonable flow in the text, and if you aren't sure how to spell a word, or if it is apposite, then a quick check in Google can confirm your choice. If you don't feel confident in your ability to post in an English thread, then join the Fit to Talk project, and ask if your post is any good there.

Now for the rules -

  • No bounty, ICO, Twitbook or other mentions of underworld projects.
  • Don't quote previous posts in full, especially the original post. Snip the part that relates to your comment
  • Never, ever include images in quotes
  • Think very carefully before including an image. It is far better to link to the image, and thus preserve the flow of the thread
  • If you don't have something constructive to say, then don't say anything.
  • Ignored members - I'm not sure how to handle these at the moment. My inclination is to just delete the post if I have you on ignore.
  • All the ususal forum rules apply of course, and I'll be reducing the mods' work by enforcing them.
  • No plagiarism under any circumstances. I may report instances instead of deleting the post, and this can lead to a forum ban.
  • I'm a merit source, and I've got loads of sMerits, but that doesn't mean I equate them with confetti. I want to award them, and your posting skills can help me.

I may vary these conditions, so please watch my signature or return to this blog to check for updates.

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Walking the Plank reassessed

  14/06/18 08:27 am, by , Categories: Welcome , Tags: Fit to Talk English, merit source

Apologies to my readers, I've rather neglected the blog recently. There seems to be so much going on in the world, that I'm having trouble keeping up with things. I want to take advantage of the Bitcoin price drop, but I'm finding it difficult to decide when to buy some more. Every time I decide to acquire some, the price seems to slip again, and I hold off to try to find the bottom. Brexit is not helping either, and the treasonous Unicorn that we have as prime minister is making me think I should start some political sites. btw, a unicorn is not some pretty pink equine creature spraying startdust, but is is a rather nasty creation of man designed to lead free-spirited wild horses into captivity and slavery. I'm grateful to LoyceV for his various analyses of the Bitcoin Talk merit system, and he produced a list of post that I have awarded with merit, and those posts of mine that received merit. You can read these lists by clicking the link below  -

The Jet Cash history as a merit source


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Elevated from comment

  06/06/18 10:23 am, by , Categories: Welcome

"I found a thread by DV8, a newbie with an activity of 3." this DV8 user is a lucky one :-) I seen the reply from TryNinja. S/he did really gave a good answer.

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Asking a question

  03/06/18 03:28 pm, by , Categories: Welcome

I'll run this thread for a while, and add a few examples as I go along. The threads here started off as good examples of members asking a question, and I hope the threads won't be destroyed by spammers. I did start a thread about this in the Fit to Talk English project, but it didn't seem to attract much interest, so I have yet to finish it. The first part prvides some advice on starting a thread. You can read the entries here - https://fittotalk.com/english-talk/index.php?topic=27.0

Here are some threads that I liked in the Bitcoin Talk forum

Learning Bitcoin from the command line




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Particularly bad posts that I noticed today.

  02/06/18 07:20 pm, by , Categories: Welcome

I've been dipping into the threads today, and I thought it might be helpful to new members of Bitcoin Talk if I highlighted a few posts that I thought were particularly bad.  I'll add to the list over the next couple of hours.


[quote author=pxo.011 link=topic=3428631.msg35794865#msg35794865 date=1524920968]

[quote author=CryptoniaPoker link=topic=3428631.msg35792248#msg35792248 date=1524918538]>..<[/quote]
thank you for this information it will help a lot of crypto investors, and it will avoid scam and prevent loses about investing,

This post is by a member with an activity of 224, and it is obvious that English is not his first language and wasn't checked after posting. The content is the usual generic comment of negligible value that is typical of the current board pollution problem. However, the worst mistake made by this poster in my opinion, was to copy a long post by the original poster without highlighting any of the points, or providing any additional information. The quoted post was just two posts above this one, and the quote was completely redundant.


[quote author=svetochka.yakovleva.93 link=topic=2991051.msg32356196#msg32356196 date=1521106896]
Progress will and will please us every year because there are so many pluses but in general it's better then to focus on pricing everyone likes asset bitcoin and somebody wants stability.[/quote]

This is a post by another member with an activity of 182. Howcn somebody have been here that long,and still be making unintelligible posts like that one?


[quote author=Skyonito link=topic=1958829.msg37582648#msg37582648 date=1526570713]
i surely agree[/quote]

He might be trying to boost his activity, but just think of the mayhem if every logged in member made several posts like this.


Thread title - "Topic: How do I advance my Membership Level in BCT"


This is a topic that appears daily on the boards, and often such threads become spam mega-threads, with posters just re-hashing mindless short reports to build up activity. The poster would appear to have joined to try to make money from airdrops, and not be prepared to read the stickies at the top of the boards. This thread is a classic example of the reason junior posters should be restricted to starter boards. It is unlikely that any merit source will read the thread to award merit to reposted standard comments.




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