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Silk Road discussion / MOVED: still need to sell 58 coin for MP
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:13 am »
This topic has been moved to Product requests (https://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion.to/index.php?board=4.0).


Silk Road discussion / MOVED: Help injecting heroin
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:11 am »
This topic has been moved to Drug safety (https://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion.to/index.php?board=10.0).


Silk Road discussion / Who's your favorite?
« on: February 28, 2012, 04:11 am »
You can now become a fan of your favorite vendors and bookmark the items you purchase the most.  From a vendor's page, click "become a fan" and from an item page click "bookmark this item".  When you do, they will appear at the bottom of your homepage for easy reference.  Note that if a vendor activates "stealth mode" they will still appear in your list so you will have access to their items.

Enjoy!  8)

Silk Road discussion / Re: Acknowledging heroes
« on: February 27, 2012, 08:32 am »
I understand your concerns about losing access to certain items and this being unfair to certain kinds of buyers.  In general though, the more options you give to market participants the better, and you have to think through the consequences of them not having those options to see the whole picture.  For example, how many people saw the opportunity to sell on Silk Road and said "no thanks, too much exposure"?  We don't know.  How many have sold less than they could have because they wanted to stay low key?  Again, we don't know.  Even ignoring those effects, what will happen if a big vendor goes stealth.  Well, new customers won't see their listings anymore and will buy from their competitors instead.  These competitors will sell out of their stocks faster and until they can re-up will have to raise their prices.  This is painful in the short run for buyers, but will act to attract new vendors with their own stock of the product.  Prices fall, more vendors are participating, and for all intents and purposes, the market is stronger.  Now instead of forcing all vendors to be public, we give them the option and the ones that want exposure can have it and the ones that don't don't have to, and the forces of supply, demand and the profit motive will incentiveize vendors to do what's best for themselves and their customers.

Silk Road discussion / Acknowledging heroes
« on: February 27, 2012, 04:36 am »
UPDATE: Specific listings can be made stealth now as well.  From the Seller's Guide:
When listing or editing an item, you may also control its visibility. By checking the box next to stealth listing, you remove the listing from public searches, browsing, and even your user page, so it is only accessible by visiting the item url directly (you can find a link on your account page). This is useful for custom listings meant only for a specific buyer, or for listings you don't want visible on your publicly facing user page.

There are heroes among us here at Silk Road.  Every day they risk their lives, fortunes, and precious liberty for us.  They are on the front lines making tough decisions and working their asses off to make this market what it is.  Of course I am talking about our vendors.  I won't try to acknowledge them individually because we are blessed with so many extraordinary people who have stepped up to the task and taken it upon themselves to find a way to stock the shelves at Silk Road.  They labor tirelessly to balance the heavy responsibilities they've taken on.  From customer support, to supply chain and inventory management, to promotion, to quality control, to risk management and mitigation, to IT, to Bitcoin finance, to order fulfillment, and on and on, these guys and gals are professionals that are rising to the top of their game.

Often, when another superstar vendor joins our ranks, they rise quickly toward the top of the heap.  They are amazed by the demand for their products and service, but also troubled by the attention they've gained.  They risk so much already and being in the spotlight, while good for business, also poses the risk of becoming a target for law enforcement.

At the request of some of our top vendors, we are implementing a new feature called Stealth Mode.  From the Seller's Guide:
Stealth mode allows you to run your business out of view of the general public.  Whether your sales are growing faster than you can expand your infrastructure to keep up, or you just don't want to be in the public eye any more and are happy with the size of your current customer base, stealth mode might by the solution for you.  When activated, your listings will no longer appear in public searches, category views, or any pages linked to from the public site.  However, your user and item pages will still be available when accessed directly, so your regular customers can still make purchases from you.  Just make sure they have your userpage url.  Note: It can take up to an hour for your listings to go stealth because of caching.

Our aim is to give our vendors the ability to control the growth rate and visibility of their businesses and take on the level of risk they are comfortable with.

Here's to our heroes!  Cheers!

Update:  after reading your responses, I realized one of the main reasons for going stealth would be to hide the size and scope of your operation.  So, some data has been removed from a vendor's user and item pages when in stealth mode.

Silk Road discussion / A brand new annonymous market!
« on: February 26, 2012, 07:57 am »
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We are happy to announce a brand new site called The Armory.  It focuses exclusively on the sale of small-arms weaponry for the purpose of self defense.

The issue of whether weapons should be sold on Silk Road has been brought up and debated too many times to count.  I have heard good arguments on both sides of the debate and had to really think hard before choosing to take this direction.  Here is a brief summary of my thoughts on the matter and why I chose to spin-off a new site rather than ban weapon sales completely, or allow them to continue here:

First off, we at Silk Road have no moral objection to the sale of small-arm weaponry.  We believe that an individual's ability to defend themselves is a cornerstone of a civil society.  Without this, those with weapons with eventually walk all over defenseless individuals.  It could be criminals who prey on others, knowing they are helpless.  It could be police brutalizing people with no fear of immediate reprisal.  And as was seen too many times in the last century, it could be an organized government body committing genocide on an entire unarmed populace.  Without the ability to defend them, the rest of your human rights will be eroded and stripped away as well.

That being said, there is no reason we have to force everyone into a one-size-fits-all market where one group has to compromise their beliefs for the benefit of another.  That's the kind of narrow thinking currently used by governments around the world.  It's why we are in this mess in the first place.  The majority in many countries feel that drugs and guns should be illegal or heavily regulated, so the minority suffers.

Here at Silk Road, we recognize the smallest minority of all, YOU!  Every person is unique, and their human rights are more important than any lofty goal, any mission, or any program.  An individual's rights ARE the goal, ARE the mission, ARE the program.  If the majority wants to ban the sale of guns on Silk Road, there is no way we are going to turn our backs on the minority who needs weaponry for self defense.

So, without further ado, I give you our answer to this whole conundrum:

The Armory: ayjkg6ombrsahbx2.onion

The Armory is run on the same codebase that runs Silk Road, with all of the same features you know and love.  However, it is run completely independently with it's own servers, Bitcoin wallets, databases, etc.  If it becomes popular, we'll even look into putting it under separate management.

A note to vendors: If you have items in the Silk Road weapons category, please relist them at The Armory asap.  We will be shutting down weapons sales on Silk Road on Sunday March 4th.

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss  :'(   You guys have become like family around here and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that our hearts go out to you and your loved ones.  I am sorry your much needed and deserved vacation came in this way, but take as much time as you need for yourselves as well.  I look forward to your return  :)

Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 22, 2012, 01:38 am »
Wait, did I hear something about disregarding ratings for items under $10?

 I really don't want to have to raise my prices (namely of my single dose vials) to over $10 just because of all of this...  I do the same amount of work for an order of 1 vial  as an order for 20 vials. Its all packaged the same, and takes basically the same amount of time. Why should I lose my ratings for orders of 1 vial? 

Also, is shipping included in total price? What about commission? I'm right on the line as some of my vials are $7.5-$8, so saying all items under $10 don't count will be utter shit for me :/

there is no cut off at $10.  You don't have to worry about this at all.

This topic has been moved to Product requests (https://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion.to/index.php?board=4.0).


Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 19, 2012, 09:51 am »
That's alot of positive responses!  Also, lots of great additional suggestions.  We could do alot to improve the feedback system, but for now it looks like this small change has lots of support, so we'll go ahead with it.  Thanks everyone for your feedback, and I apologize in advance for everyone who is negatively affected by this change.

Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:45 am »

I hear what you are saying, and I appreciate you bringing this up in a civilized manner. I feel like you are saying that you are not upset with what I believe is my marketing/business tactics fair and innovative in this free market you have created, you are annoyed that the feedback system can be "exploited" by high volume sales done in a short period of time. It opens the site up to attacks from LEO and scammers who can come in and in a few months gain the trust of people merely from their rank/number of sales. I agree the system needs work.

However, I do feel like I have been innovative with my lottery, and my motives are entirely altruistic. One night I was sitting around and I thought, "There are 150,000+ accounts for Silk Road... so many people, we could play games together!" and I started playing games with btc prizes in SILC chat, hoping to stimulate growth of business for SR vendors by giving btc out to buyers, especially new ones without experience/access to btc. That led into a realization that as a vendor I could create a site-wide game like the lottery, where for a small investment, if the pool grew large enough, a person could win 50+btc to spend at their desire.

Yes, I take a commission for it. Yes, it has significantly boosted my business and ranking. However, I am offended by the number of you who are flaming me because I have taken the initiative to try to give back to this community that has literally changed my life for the better exponentially over the last few months.

My gf and I run our business with our best friend and yesterday, my gf and I got engaged after 3 years of dating. I am on cloud 9 IRL and I am going to continue to try to provide a fun/innovative experience for my customers regardless, but this hatred from you guys I feel is misdirected and unfair... possibly rooted in jealousy.

DPR, I am not offended and I would like to continue this conversation... thanks again for the way you broached the subject.

Edit: the lottery does generate .05btc income for SR in commission with each ticket sale. I feel like it contributes to SR as a community as well as SR as a business.

I'm right there with you.  Don't worry about people getting upset by it.  From their perspective, they saw the system rewarding you more than them for much less work, and it is natural to blame what you can see (you ranking up) rather than the system itself.  Technically a lottery ticket is a product with a value and you should be rewarded for creating and selling this product.  You are filling a niche.  But yea, I think with this little tweak, you can do your lottery games and be rewarded for your sales at a level that is more fair.

Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:36 am »
Wouldn't it be simpler to just not count any order that is less than 10 dollars? then keep the system that you have? that would get rid of the lottery/e-book issue...
depends on your perspective I guess.  Fewer lines of code my way, and you don't have a hard break causing people to do things like price a $9.50 product for $10 just to get the feedback on it.

Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:32 am »
how about for all the previous transactions prior to this new feedback system? is it possible it takes effect for previous transactions?

the way I am thinking, rank and feedback will be recalculated, so all of one's past orders will be re-weighted.  So not a "from now on" kind of thing.

Silk Road discussion / Re: Feedback tweaks, please weigh in.
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:26 am »
How will this affect my listings that are very cheap per quantity, but are supposed to be bought in bulks of 15+?


Will a feedback for this weight according to $0.77 or the total order cost?

an order of 15 $1 items is treated the same way as an order for 1 $15 item.

Silk Road discussion / MOVED: 350 dollar mney pak in hand
« on: February 17, 2012, 03:56 pm »
This topic has been moved to Product requests (https://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion.to/index.php?board=4.0).


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