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Silk Road discussion / Re: SR log in problem
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:24 pm »
How come you didnt sign your message SR?

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sorry, here you go:

We are aware of the problem and working on it.  Sorry for the inconvenience.
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Silk Road discussion / Re: SR log in problem
« on: September 26, 2011, 09:21 pm »
We are aware of the problem and working on it.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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I haven't read every word of this thread, but hopefully my follow up messages and explanations were posted as well.  Please also see my reply to the thread about security vulnerabilities because I think that was brought up in this thread too.

Basically all I want to say is that my intentions are true and I didn't expect so much backlash from proposing an experiment.  I made it very clear that if any negative consequences were to arise we would roll it back immediately.  Contrary to popular belief I am not a millionaire and just 4 months ago, our revenue was less than $3k/month!  Before that, I worked for more than a year on this project and made next to nothing, not knowing if it would even work and taking substantial personal risk.  Only now are we able to start expanding as an enterprise and increased revenue would make that much easier.  Everyone working for Silk Road does so at below market wages for their level of talent and we make zero profit.  We are in our infant stages of growth and the faster we can mature, the better chance we have of withstanding the onslaught that WILL eventually come.

We've drawn a line in the sand and are staring down our enemies.  Like it or not, if you are participating here, you are standing on that line with us.  This is not about making money.  This is about winning a war.  Look how far we've come in 8 short months.  We are JUST getting started.

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Silk Road discussion / Re: On the Recent Security Vulnerabilities
« on: September 24, 2011, 06:01 pm »
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I was just alerted to this thread by Anarcho47 and have read every word, except the parts that were removed by their authors.  I don't spend a whole lot of time on the forums, because I am almost always alerted to important threads on the main site.  Every message that comes in from the contact us link gets read and 90% get replied to, so please feel free to contact me with any concerns you have.

There were a couple of specific questions I'll address first.  Passwords are hashed twice using sha256, once with a global salt and again with a user specific salt.  Also, our servers are fully up to date and updates are checked for daily.  How we handle addresses is explained in the buyer's guide.

Your concerns are completely valid.  It is absolutely terrible that there was an injection vulnerability in the search bar, and an XSS vuln in the subject line of the messages.  Thankfully they were discovered by someone benevolent and we could take action to remedy them.  There are no known holes in the site at the moment, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

I accept my limitations and the discovery of these holes was further confirmation that for Silk Road to grow and thrive, people with far more expertise need to be brought in.  There's another thread about hiring, but long story short, we now have two brilliant IT professionals with more than 25 years of combined development and administration experience who I trust and who are committed to making our site as secure as possible.  Development of a new and much improved back-end is underway, and an audit of the current code will begin this coming week with a full re-write coming thereafter.

I just want to reassure you that I am doing everything I can to fulfill on your expectations of me and the site and I apologize for where I have come up short.  Thank you for the trust you have put in me.  I will not stop fighting this fight.

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Rumor mill / Re: bitcoinexchange -- RIPOFF ALERT
« on: September 15, 2011, 04:38 pm »
so is Henry238 the only one that has been scammed?  Henry, please send me a message on the main site with a reference to this thread, thanks.

Silk Road discussion / MOVED: Unable to login
« on: September 10, 2011, 09:18 pm »
This topic has been moved to Technical support (https://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion.to/index.php?board=8.0).


Otherwise, if the btc price keeps falling off, we might have a problem with the float running dry.

no worries.  There is no danger of this.  Our hedging system has held up so far and is working great.  Check out the original thread for an update about this:


FWIW, I'm expecting the BTC/USD exchange rate to fall near to or below 1 to 1 sometime in the next few months, maybe longer, before turning back up into a major bull run to new all-time highs.  If I see any indication that the bull market has begun before reaching 1:1, I'll try to remember to post something here.

Otherwise, if the btc price keeps falling off, we might have a problem with the float running dry.

no worries.  There is no danger of this.  Our hedging system has held up so far and is working great.  Check out the original thread for an update about this:


Technical support / Re: PM via TOR and PGA
« on: September 05, 2011, 10:34 pm »
I would just use the built-in messaging system on the main site instead of messing around with torpm.  Just click the username of a person you want to send a message to.  You can't change your username on Silk Road, but you can create a new account with a new name.  You can change your password on your settings page. 

"Does the option to change identity on TOR affect your identity on silkroad or the forums"

No, it doesn't.

There is a good PGP tutorial going in the security board and we are going to publish a comprehensive guide created by a member of the forum soon.

Silk Road discussion / Re: What is the goal of Silk Road ?
« on: September 05, 2011, 04:16 am »
It is interesting to hear your perspective Kandra.  Stick around a while and hopefully you can get to know everyone better and even become a part of the community that has formed here.

As far as non-drug items go, it's not that surprising.  This is a niche market for things you can't get more easily from places like amazon, ebay, and retail shops.  There is an added cost to doing things the way we do, and at least for the time being, you're going to be able to get legal goods more cheaply and easily from these other places.  Eventually, we may win out because of our advantages over these other markets (e.g. vendors don't have to pay taxes on their profits from sales here).

From what I've seen, despite some problems like attracting scammers, the market has only gotten better as more people have joined in.  More buyers means more competition among sellers in the form of excellent customer service, low prices, and quality goods.  More sellers means an expanding array of offerings, which attracts even more buyers.  So far, this is the virtuous circle that has driven growth here IMHO.  More people and a diversity of opinions is a good thing, and I would be hesitant to lump our diverse community into two opposing categories.  By and large, there is much more cooperation and camaraderie than conflict and I'm generally impressed with the level of discourse.

Maybe you have a point, though.  There very well could be a place for multiple similar markets that cater to different folks.  In fact I hope that is the case.  I'd rather Silk Road be the leading market in a growing industry, than trying to take on the establishment alone :)

Technical support / Re: Seller ratings seriously messed up.
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:27 pm »
we re-rank ever 4 hours or so, so if you come back from vacation, it can take that long before you are put back in the right spot.

Technical support / Re: Not Sure What Happened, Helpage?
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:25 pm »
That's very strange.  If your sellers ship before canceling, let us know via the "contact us" link on the main site and I'll see if we can work something out.

Technical support / Re: Cant send or refresh account/send bitcoins
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:22 pm »
so sorry about this. it should be working now.

Technical support / Re: Deposit not showing
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:09 pm »
so sorry about this.  it should be working now.

Technical support / Re: We cannot withdraw
« on: August 30, 2011, 06:07 pm »
it should be working now, sorry for the trouble.

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