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Newbie discussion / Re: Questions about American drug laws?
« on: May 12, 2013, 02:10 am »
Anyone can say they're a lawyer on the internet - doesn't make it true, so Libertas makes a great point about taking advice from people claiming to be lawyers on the internet with a grain of salt.

Newbie discussion / Re: "Professional" Escrow Service
« on: May 12, 2013, 02:00 am »
Thanks, Libertas.  I was going to say the same thing, but it tends to come across better when you're the one saying it!  lol

Newbie discussion / Re: vendor
« on: May 12, 2013, 01:41 am »
You can pay a $500 bond (which will eventually be refunded to you) to start a vendor account.

really!!? That nice of SR what happens if you did not pay 500? Not that i am thinking of going anywhere if i can help it of coarse.

If you started your vendor account prior to that increase in price (which was in December 2012) then you are not eligible for a refund. 

There is a current 48 hour backlog for support requests, so you may not hear back until some point after that.  :(

If you can't access your account, you'll need to start a new account and message Vendor Support from that new account.  Let them know the details of the issue and they should be able to help you regain access. 

Please be aware that there's currently a 48 hour backlog on support requests.

As the title says. How much does it cost to open a vendor account?
Also is it a fee or a deposit? ie. Is it returnable?

The vendor bond is, I believe, $500.

Yes, the vendor bond is refundable:

Quote from: wiki
You are required to pay a bond when opening a seller's account that will be refunded to you after you have demonstrated that you are an asset to the Silk Road vendor community. To be eligible for a refund, you must have completed at least 30 transactions totaling $1,500 or more and have been a vendor for at least 6 weeks. Click here to request a refund.

Newbie discussion / Re: DPR
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:12 am »
There's no way for SR to FORCE vendors not to ask for people to FE.  All SR can do is advise over and over again that people ALWAYS STAY IN ESCROW and DO NOT FINALIZE EARLY.  SR has made that position abundantly clear, but it can't eradicate FE'ing, I don't think.  All it can do is discourage finalizing early - which they / we do already.  If a buyer or vendor choose to ignore that, then they do so at their own peril.  The escrow system is in place for the protection of both the vendor and the buyer - there is no reason to choose to leave escrow or go around it.

Security / Re: Information on the Hacks occuring on SR
« on: May 12, 2013, 12:06 am »
Yeah, none of us know what the hell those two vendor pages are about or why they have such strange messages on them.  I'm not sure what happened there, but it wouldn't make sense for scammers to do that because scammers are here for money, and simply changing vendor profiles to read weird shit is not going to make them any richer. 

There is really no excuse for vendors providing their passwords and PINs to phishing sites, but I want to make clear that it was not a "hack" - passwords and PINs weren't hacked or guessed or brute forced, they were entered into a phishing site.  Everyone should know better than to login to a page that is not at the following correct url:


If there is ever a legitimate message from DPR to vendors, it will be signed with his PGP key.  All other messages from SR claiming to ask for donations, offer investment opportunities, or offer some kind of "upgrade" to a user's account are scams.  All a person needs to do to be absolutely sure of this (if the horrible grammar of the message wasn't enough to raise flags) is to know how to check the validity of a PGP signature.

Security / Re: Information on the Hacks occuring on SR
« on: May 11, 2013, 11:46 pm »
However i still would not enter my password for any login that has only a verification code of 3 letters. I advise you to do the same.

There is nothing wrong with logging in on the correct url even if the captcha is only 3 characters long.  This has happened before and it is fine.  It's not a risk.  It's just a glitch and if you reload the page a few times, you will get the normal-length captcha.  As long as you are at the following url, you are fine to enter your username and password:


Quote from: HeatFireFlame
Just to bring this to all of your attention as well. I have seen in the last day 5 or so vendor accounts that have been hacked. Who knows how widespread this is so please use extra caution when ordering , Search your vendors name into the forums and check if there is anything posted etc ;ANY login screen that asks for you pin as well Do not enter it as it is a phishing site, Most of you will be saying DUH but I'm telling you there have been a good few long time vendors who have fallen for this so exercise extreme caution.

These attacks have been changing and re-occurring in different forms ever since the original massive Ddos a week or two back. I have no idea if it's A government agency or a group of hackers, but either way something needs to be done. It's starting to get out of control here. I mean how much power do we and the mod's have over it? If we want to keep our community, we will need to do something.

All of us moderators have posted several times in response to those compromised accounts.  As far as I know, there are only 4 accounts affected, and two of them are weird random religious postings (but no scams), and the other two were compromised because the vendors provided their passwords and PINs to a phishing site mentioned in a scam message to vendors. 

These are not "hacks" - these are the consequences of vendors WILLINGLY PROVIDING THEIR PASSWORD AND PIN to a page unrelated to Silk Road.  It had nothing to do with the DoS attacks.  It's not a government agency or a "group of hackers" - it is the VENDORS THEMSELVES who have provided their information.

we were under direct orders from DPR that if either of us engaged Roky in any way or deleted his posts or locked his threads, WE WOULD BE STRIPPED OF OUR MODERATOR STATUS.

This topic has been moved to Off topic (http://dkn255hz262ypmii.onion/index.php?board=1.0).


Silk Road discussion / Re: How does FE work?
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:39 pm »
Be sure to actually go back and update your feedback after you do or do not receive your order too I dont know how many times i see people leave "FE will update later" only to never update later leaving us all wondering what really happened

That's a good reminder.  To edit your feedback on a transaction, go to your Account page, then click on View Feedback, and then edit away!

Newbie discussion / Re: Did I get scammed????
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:36 pm »
Yes!  Excellent!  It's great to hear that your money is in tact!!!!  If the vendor has been banned and all you have access to when you visit their vendor profile is a message box, then I would assume there's no way to report them.

do not buy into conspiracy theories

Nigga please! I always see you sportin' a tinfoil hat! ;)

but ... but ... that's just our uniform!  SSBD, Libertas, and i are all always sporting not just tinfoil hats, but full tinfoil body suits.  we can't even get close to a microwave without pops and sparks and little shocks!

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