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Show some respect.  If you don't like how this operation is run, you are free to leave.

Off topic / Re: Hello all new to SR
« on: August 04, 2012, 05:55 am »
Greetings and welcome newcomer!  You are taking the right approach so far.  Take your time, overload your brain, let it sink in, overload it again.  Learn the tech, learn the market, learn how to stay safe.  Use the resources we've made available to you (wiki, buyer's guide, forum, etc). Good luck in your quest!  From what I hear, you don't find DMT, it finds you ;)

op updated

FYI, some people got double credit on their missing deposits.  The total amount isn't enough to warrant going through and correcting each individual one, so I'm going to leave it up to the honor system.  Please return any extra funds you were credited to this address:


DPR should be Time Man Of The Year!

lol, I get way more praise when we fix problems than when we preempt them and everything goes smooth :P   Sorry for this slip-up gang

UPDATE (08/04 07:41 UTC): We've applied yet another fix to the forum login issue.  Sleep beckons, so we'll see how it is holding up in the morning.

UPDATE: Looks like the forum login glitch is back.  I'll keep you updated as we work on fixing it.

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We've been working through two problems and I think we have them fixed at last.  The first was a problem logging into these forums.  The second was deposits not showing up on the main site.

Regarding the login problems here, our forums software tries to keep out spammers by limiting how often a login attempt can be made from a single IP address.  Because the Silk Road forums is a hidden service, all requests appear to be coming from the same IP address, so either someone figured this out and decided to hammer the login, or membership grew to the point that normal logins were being interpreted as spam.  In any case, we've patched the code and this should no longer be an issue.

Regarding deposits, we should be fully caught up now.  If you haven't received a recent deposit, and you have messaged support about it, please DO NOT message again.  We are working through a bunch of support tickets and we WILL get to yours.  If you haven't messaged support about a missing deposit, please give it a good 6 hours before doing so.

Thank you for your patience, and sorry for the inconvenience.

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Im curious what DPR's first thought was when he realized this place was taking off.. .And after the first gawker or wired or whoever the fuck posted the first article was posted. DPR feel free to share your feelings on some of the major milestones of your beautiful community.   ;D

You'll have to wait for my memoirs for the juicy details, lol.  I've got some stories though, I'll tell ya.  One weird thing that goes through my head when Silk Road goes through a growth spurt, like after the first gawker article is that sound effect from inception, or the intense music from the new tron movie.  It gives me the sensation of "holy shit, this is EPIC!"

how are you an agorist and a collectivist at once? :P

Damn good question.  I think a kind of collectivism emerges from agorism.  Sure, you are free to operate in isolation if you wish, but one benefits from collaboration and cooperation with others, so there is incentive to do so.  Also, in an agorist society, individuals are free to pursue their own ends, provided those ends are not to harm others.  Those ends can be altruistic if that individual wishes it.  For me personally, I love people and seeing them empowered and free, so part of the profit I gain from this venture is that satisfaction.  The difference is that a true agorist will never force a collectivist agenda on people who want no part in it.  The ends DO NOT justify the means, so if people voluntarily form a collective and are free to leave at will, then I see no contradiction there with agorism.  Forcing people to comply with your vision of what the collective should be...there we have problems!

So, in the case of Silk Road, people are free to participate or not.  If there is anything they don't like about it, they can use any alternatives available to them.  Therefore, we are a voluntary community.

I guess the point of my first post is that I don't operate in a vacuum.  If I make bad decisions, people leave.  If I make good ones, people stay and spread the word even.  So yea, if we want to prosper, I need you and you need me.  That relationship is the fiber that builds up to make something like Silk Road have a life of it's own.  The collective part is just an observation of this.  Instead of trying to control this development, a big part of my job is staying out of the way and letting the pattern emerge. 

This is all really a moot point as SR is not ours, it's DPR's. It's his ship so let him steer it, we should just be happy to be aboard.

Thank you for the acknowledgement Lim, but what is Silk Road without all of you?  The way I see it, we are all players in something that has grown way beyond any one of us.  Granted I play a unique role, but part of that role is continually earning the trust of the community to make the right choices going forward, and to serve each of you as best I can.  Silk Road was built to serve you, your needs and desires are the wind that fills its sails.  Without you, we are dead in the water.  So sure, it's my job to steer and chart the course, and I am ultimately responsible for the outcome of this experiment, but never forget where the real power lies.  It's where it always has been, in your hands.

Silk Road discussion / Re: BTC $18.65?
« on: July 31, 2012, 02:25 am »
ahh the joys of bitcoin!  Looks like this nonsense drug the official Silk Road exchange rate up to about twice what it should've been.  It is now pegged at $9 per btc until we get this sorted out.  If you have been adversely affected by this in any way, please contact support and we will make sure you are taken care of.  Give it a day or so before you report anything as we may take care of any problems by then as this is looked at more closely.

Sorry for the trouble.  We'll be back to normal asap  8)

Silk Road discussion / Re: Issues editing postal options
« on: July 30, 2012, 01:24 am »
should be working now.  bugs should be reported to support on the main site for fastest response time.

DPR: This still does not account for why myself and many others could previously see their entire purchase history (mine was 8 months plus). This was clearly not inline with your above data retention policy. This anomaly has not been explained nor acknowledged, but there was a near immediate modification that stopped users from seeing more than a 3 month history.

This case indicated a clear mismatch between what SR said they were storing and what they were actually storing. I'm not claiming this should be considered majorly important but I would like it to be taken on board with the weight people think it deserves. I would also like to encourage others to openly post anything they notice that may appear strange or inconsistent.

as I said:
"If you experienced something contradictory to this, please pm support on the main site and we will be happy to investigate the situation with you and root out any possible bugs."

Silk Road discussion / Re: backup URLs
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:12 pm »
I'm not sure what's going on here....
None of those backup URL's work at all, but the original SR link worked fine for me after a few identity switches just now...

They are backups, so they aren't supposed to work right now.  They are just there as a last resort, worst case scenario where Silk Road goes down and this forum goes down and no one knows where to go, we'll use one of those urls to either relaunch the site, or post a message, or whatever needs to be done at the time.  Keep them in your back pocket.  Will likely never need them, but, ya know, just in case.

Silk Road discussion / Re: backup URLs
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:01 pm »
OP is signed now.  Been meaning to do this for a while and didn't think to sign in my haste to shrink my todo list.  All's well :)

Aren't those bottom two cool?!  Took me forever to generate them.

Silk Road discussion / backup URLs
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:09 pm »
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If for some reason the official Silk Road onion URL were to be compromised and I was unable to communicate with you through the forum, one of the following 3 URLs will be used to relaunch the site and/or communicate through:




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