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Default English word list

Alright so, I took the default database from there https://skribbliohints.github.io/ and with the help of html, I extracted the words to a list separated by commas. It's useful when you want to translate those words into your native language.
Word of advice, when using google translate, do not put all words at once there, it can rapidly worsen the translation.
(And there is a last thing. Their algorithm of picking only custom words is not working really good, at least for me. Meaning that I often get duplicates, despite having a list this big and without duplicates. I'm still trying to find some solution to this, so if somebody is experiencing this as well, share the knowledge please, I will do the same.)
SOLUTION: Thanks for the reply from PepegaWR who identified the cause. I also tested it and there seems to be a custom words limit of 5000 characters. The easiest way in my opinion is to shuffle the words before each session to minimize the impact. Also thanks to the flynger who had the same idea before me :)
Finally, here it is, enjoy the scribbling ^^ :

ABBA, AC/DC, Abraham Lincoln, Adidas, Africa, Aladdin, America, Amsterdam, Android, Angelina Jolie, Angry Birds, Antarctica, Anubis, Apple, Argentina, Asia, Asterix, Atlantis, Audi, Australia, BMW, BMX, Bambi, Band-Aid, Barack Obama, Bart Simpson, Batman, Beethoven, Bible, Big Ben, Bill Gates, Bitcoin, Black Friday, Bomberman, Brazil, Bruce Lee, Bugs Bunny, Canada, Capricorn, Captain America, Cat Woman, Cerberus, Charlie Chaplin, Chewbacca, China, Chinatown, Christmas, Chrome, Chuck Norris, Colosseum, Cookie Monster, Crash Bandicoot, Creeper, Croatia, Cuba, Cupid, DNA, Daffy Duck, Darwin, Darwin Watterson, Deadpool, Dexter, Discord, Donald Duck, Donald Trump, Dora, Doritos, Dracula, Dumbo, Earth, Easter, Easter Bunny, Egypt, Eiffel tower, Einstein, Elmo, Elon Musk, Elsa, Eminem, England, Europe, Excalibur, Facebook, Family Guy, Fanta, Ferrari, Finn, Finn and Jake, Flash, Florida, France, Frankenstein, Fred Flintstone, Gandalf, Gandhi, Garfield, Germany, God, Goofy, Google, Great Wall, Greece, Green Lantern, Grinch, Gru, Gumball, Happy Meal, Harry Potter, Hawaii, Hello Kitty, Hercules, Hollywood, Home Alone, Homer Simpson, Hula Hoop, Hulk, Ikea, India, Intel, Ireland, Iron Giant, Iron Man, Israel, Italy, Jack-o-lantern, Jackie Chan, James Bond, Japan, JayZ, Jenga, Jesus Christ, Jimmy Neutron, John Cena, Johnny Bravo, KFC, Katy Perry, Kermit, Kim Jong-un, King Kong, Kirby, Kung Fu, Lady Gaga, Las Vegas, Lasagna, Lego, Leonardo DiCaprio, Leonardo da Vinci, Lion King, London, London Eye, Luigi, MTV, Madagascar, Mario, Mark Zuckerberg, Mars, McDonalds, Medusa, Mercedes, Mercury, Mexico, Michael Jackson, Mickey Mouse, Microsoft, Milky Way, Minecraft, Miniclip, Minion, Minotaur, Mona Lisa, Monday, Monster, Mont Blanc, Morgan Freeman, Morse code, Morty, Mount Everest, Mount Rushmore, Mozart, Mr. Bean, Mr. Meeseeks, Mr Bean, Mr Meeseeks, Mummy, NASCAR, Nasa, Nemo, Neptune, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nike, Nintendo Switch, North Korea, Northern Lights, Norway, Notch, Nutella, Obelix, Olaf, Oreo, Pac-Man, Paris, Patrick, Paypal, Peppa Pig, Pepsi, Phineas and Ferb, Photoshop, Picasso, Pikachu, Pink Panther, Pinocchio, Playstation, Pluto, Pokemon, Popeye, Popsicle, Porky Pig, Portugal, Poseidon, Pringles, Pumba, Reddit, Rick, Robbie Rotten, Robin Hood, Romania, Rome, Russia, Samsung, Santa, Saturn, Scooby Doo, Scotland, Segway, Sherlock Holmes, Shrek, Singapore, Skittles, Skrillex, Skype, Slinky, Solar System, Sonic, Spain, Spartacus, Spiderman, SpongeBob, Squidward, Star Wars, Statue of Liberty, Steam, Stegosaurus, Steve Jobs, Stone Age, Sudoku, Suez Canal, Superman, Susan Wojcicki, Sydney Opera House, T-rex, Tails, Tarzan, Teletubby, Terminator, Tetris, The Beatles, Thor, Titanic, Tooth Fairy, Tower Bridge, Tower of Pisa, Tweety, Twitter, UFO, USB, Uranus, Usain Bolt, Vatican, Vault boy, Velociraptor, Venus, Vin Diesel, W-LAN, Wall-e, WhatsApp, William Shakespeare, William Wallace, Winnie the Pooh, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Xbox, Xerox, Yin and Yang, Yoda, Yoshi, Youtube, Zelda, Zeus, Zorro, Zuma, abstract, abyss, accident, accordion, ace, acid, acne, acorn, action, actor, addiction, addition, adorable, adult, advertisement, afro, afterlife, air conditioner, airbag, aircraft, airplane, airport, alarm, albatross, alcohol, alien, allergy, alley, alligator, almond, alpaca, ambulance, anaconda, anchor, angel, anglerfish, angry, animation, anime, ant, anteater, antelope, antenna, anthill, antivirus, anvil, apartment, apocalypse, applause, apple, apple pie, apple seed, apricot, aquarium, arch, archaeologist, archer, architect, aristocrat, arm, armadillo, armor, armpit, arrow, ash, assassin, assault, asteroid, astronaut, asymmetry, athlete, atom, attic, audience, autograph, avocado, axe, baboon, baby, back pain, backbone, backflip, backpack, bacon, bad, badger, bag, bagel, bagpipes, baguette, bait, bakery, baklava, balance, balcony, bald, ball, ballerina, ballet, balloon, bamboo, banana, bandage, bandana, banjo, bank, banker, bar, barbarian, barbecue, barbed wire, barber, barcode, bark, barn, barrel, bartender, base, basement, basket, basketball, bat, bathroom, bathtub, battery, battle, battleship, bayonet, bazooka, beach, beak, bean, bean bag, beanie, beanstalk, bear, bear trap, beatbox, beaver, bed, bed bug, bed sheet, bedtime, bee, beef, beer, beet, beetle, bell, bell pepper, bellow, belly, belly button, below, belt, bench, betray, bicycle, bill, billiards, bingo, binoculars, biology, birch, bird, bird bath, birthday, biscuit, bite, black, black hole, blackberry, blacksmith, blanket, bleach, blender, blimp, blind, blindfold, blizzard, blood, blowfish, blue, blueberry, blush, boar, board, boat, bobsled, bodyguard, boil, bomb, booger, book, bookmark, bookshelf, boomerang, boots, border, bottle, bottle flip, bounce, bouncer, bow, bowl, bowling, box, boy, bracelet, braces, brain, brainwash, branch, brand, bread, breakfast, breath, brick, bricklayer, bride, bridge, broadcast, broccoli, broken heart, bronze, broom, broomstick, brownie, bruise, brunette, brush, bubble, bubble gum, bucket, building, bulge, bull, bulldozer, bullet, bumper, bungee jumping, bunk bed, bunny, burglar, burp, burrito, bus, bus driver, bus stop, butcher, butler, butt cheeks, butter, butterfly, button, cab driver, cabin, cabinet, cactus, cage, cake, calendar, camel, camera, campfire, camping, can, can opener, canary, candle, canister, cannon, canyon, cap, cape, cappuccino, captain, car wash, cardboard, carnival, carnivore, carpenter, carpet, carrot, cartoon, cash, casino, cast, cat, catalog, catapult, caterpillar, catfish, cathedral, cauldron, cauliflower, cave, caveman, caviar, ceiling, ceiling fan, celebrate, celebrity, cell, cell phone, cello, cement, centaur, centipede, chain, chainsaw, chair, chalk, chameleon, champagne, champion, chandelier, charger, cheek, cheeks, cheerleader, cheese, cheeseburger, cheesecake, cheetah, chef, chemical, cherry, cherry blossom, chess, chest, chest hair, chestnut, chestplate, chew, chicken, chihuahua, child, chime, chimney, chimpanzee, chin, chinchilla, chocolate, chopsticks, church, cicada cigarette, cinema, circle, circus, clap, clarinet, classroom, claw, clay, clean, clickbait, cliff, climb, cloak, clock, cloth, clothes hanger, cloud, clover, clown, clownfish, coach, coal, coast, coast guard, coaster, coat, cobra, cockroach, cocktail, coconut, cocoon, coffee, coffee shop, coffin, coin, cola, cold, collapse, collar, color-blind, comb, comedian, comedy, comet, comfortable, comic book, commander, commercial, communism, community, compass, complete, computer, concert, condiment, cone, confused, console, continent, controller, conversation, cookie, cookie jar, copper, copy, coral, coral reef, cord, cork, corkscrew, corn, corn dog, corner, cornfield, corpse, cotton, cotton candy, country, cousin, cow, cowbell, cowboy, coyote, crab, crack, crate, crawl space, crayon, cream, credit, credit card, cricket, cringe, crocodile, croissant, crossbow, crow, crowbar, crucible, cruise, crust, crystal, cube, cuckoo, cucumber, cup, cupboard, cupcake, curry, curtain, cushion, customer, cut, cute, cyborg, cylinder, cymbal, dagger, daisy, dalmatian, dance, dandelion, dandruff, darts, dashboard, daughter, day, dead, deaf, deep, deer, defense, delivery, demon, demonstration, dent, dentist, deodorant, depressed, derp, desert, desk, desperate, dessert, detective, detonate, dew, diagonal, diagram, diamond, diaper, dice, dictionary, die, diet, dig, dinner, dinosaur, diploma, dirty, disaster, disease, dishrag, dispenser, display, diss track, distance, diva, divorce, dizzy, dock, doctor, dog, doghouse, doll, dollar, dollhouse, dolphin, dome, dominoes, donkey, door, doorknob, dots, double, dough, download, dragon, dragonfly, drain, drama, drawer, dream, dress, drink, drip, drive, driver, drool, droplet, drought, drum, drum kit, duck, duct tape, duel, dwarf, dynamite, eagle, ear, earbuds, earthquake, earwax, east, eat, echo, eclipse, eel, egg, eggplant, elbow, elder, election, electric car, electric guitar, electrician, electricity, elephant, elevator, embers, emerald, emoji, employer, emu, end, engine, engineer, equator, eraser, error, eskimo, espresso, evaporate, evening, evolution, exam, excavator, exercise, explosion, eye, eyebrow, eyelash, eye shadow, fabric, fabulous, facade, face, face paint, factory, failure, fairy, fake teeth, fall, family, farm, farmer, fashion designer, fast, fast food, fast forward, father, faucet, feather, fence, fencing, fern, festival, fidget spinner, field, figurine, filmmaker, filter, finger, fingernail, fingertip, fire alarm, fire hydrant, fire truck, fireball, firecracker, firefighter, firefly, firehouse, fireman, fireplace, fireproof, fireside, firework, fish, fish bowl, fisherman, fist fight, fitness trainer, fizz, flag, flagpole, flamethrower, flamingo, flashlight, flask, flea, flight attendant, flock, floodlight, floppy disk, florist, flower, flu, fluid, flush, flute, fly, fly swatter, flying pig, fog, foil, folder, food, forehead, forest, forest fire, fork, fort, fortress, fortune, fossil, fountain, fox, frame, freckles, freezer, fridge, fries, frog, frostbite, frosting, frown, fruit, full, full moon, funeral, funny, fur, furniture, galaxy, gang, gangster, garage, garbage, garden, gardener, garlic, gas, gas mask, gasoline, gasp, gate, gem, gender, generator, genie, gentle, gentleman, geography, germ, geyser, ghost, giant, gift, giraffe, girl, gladiator, glass, glasses, glitter, globe, gloss, glove, glow, glowstick, glue, glue stick, gnome, goal, goat, goatee, goblin, godfather, gold, gold chain, golden apple, golden egg, goldfish, golf, golf cart, good, goose, gorilla, graduation, graffiti, grandmother, grapefruit, grapes, graph, grass, grasshopper, grave, gravedigger, gravel, graveyard, gravity, greed, grenade, grid, grill, grin, groom, grumpy, guillotine, guinea pig, guitar, gumball, gummy, gummy bear, gummy worm, hacker, hair, hair roller, hairbrush, haircut, hairspray, hairy, half, halo, ham, hamburger, hammer, hammock, hamster, hand, handicap, handle, handshake, hanger, happy, harbor, hard, hard hat, harmonica, harp, harpoon, hashtag, hat, hazard, hazelnut, head, headache, headband, headboard, heading, headphones, health, heart, heat, hedgehog, heel, heist, helicopter, hell, helmet, hen, hermit, hero, hexagon, hibernate, hieroglyph, high five, high heels, high score, highway, hilarious, hill, hip hop, hippie, hippo, hitchhiker, hive, hobbit, hockey, holiday, homeless, honey, honeycomb, hoof, hook, hop, hopscotch, horizon, horn, horse, horsewhip, hose, hospital, hot, hot chocolate, hot dog, hot sauce, hotel, hourglass, house, hovercraft, hug, hummingbird, hunger, hunter, hurdle, hurt, husband, hut, hyena, hypnotize, iPad, iPhone, ice, ice cream, ice cream truck, iceberg, icicle, idea, imagination, impact, incognito, industry, infinite, injection, insect, inside, insomnia, internet, intersection, interview, invasion, invention, invisible, iron, island, ivy, jacket, jackhammer, jaguar, jail, jalapeno, janitor, jaw, jazz, jeans, jeep, jello, jelly, jellyfish, jester, jet ski, joker, journalist, journey, judge, juggle, juice, jump rope, jungle, junk food, kangaroo, karaoke, karate, katana, kazoo, kebab, keg, kendama, ketchup, kettle, key, keyboard, kidney, kindergarten, king, kiss, kitchen, kite, kitten, kiwi, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knot, knuckle, koala, kraken, label, laboratory, ladder, lady, ladybug, lake, lamb, lamp, landlord, landscape, lane, language, lantern, lap, laptop, laser, lasso, laundry, lava, lava lamp, lawn mower, lawyer, leader, leaf, leak, leash, leather, leave, leech, legs, lemon, lemonade, lemur, lens, leprechaun, lettuce, levitate, librarian, library, licorice, lid, light bulb, lighter, lighthouse, lightning, lightsaber, lily, lilypad, limbo, lime, limousine, line, link, lion, lips, lipstick, litter box, lizard, llama, loading, loaf, lobster, lock, log, logo, lollipop, loot, loser, lotion, lottery, lounge, love, low, luck, luggage, lumberjack, lung, lynx, lyrics, macaroni, machine, macho, mafia, magazine, magic, magic trick, magic wand, magician, magma, magnet, magnifier, maid, mailbox, mailman, makeup, mall, mammoth, manatee, manhole, manicure, mannequin, mansion, mantis, map, maracas, marathon, marble, margarine, marigold, market, marmalade, marmot, marshmallow, mascot, mask, massage, match, matchbox, mattress, mayonnaise, mayor, maze, meal, meat, meatball, meatloaf, mechanic, meerkat, megaphone, melon, melt, meme, mermaid, message, messy, metal, meteorite, microphone, microscope, microwave, midnight, military, milk, milkman, milkshake, mime, miner, minigolf, minivan, mint, minute, mirror, missile, model, mohawk, mold, mole, money, monk, monkey, monster, moon, moose, mop, morning, mosquito, moss, moth, mothball, mother, motherboard, motorbike, motorcycle, mountain, mouse, mousetrap, mouth, movie, mud, muffin, mug, murderer, muscle, museum, mushroom, musket, mustache, mustard, nachos, nail, nail file, nail polish, napkin, narwhal, nature, navy, neck, needle, neighbor, neighborhood, nerd, nest, network, newspaper, nickel, night, nightclub, nightmare, ninja, noob, noodle, north, nose, nose hair, nose ring, nosebleed, nostrils, notebook, notepad, nothing, notification, novel, nugget, nuke, nun, nurse, nut, nutcracker, nutmeg, nutshell, oar, observatory, ocean, octagon, octopus, office, oil, old, omelet, onion, open, opera, orange, orangutan, orbit, orca, orchestra, orchid, organ, origami, ostrich, otter, outside, oval, overweight, owl, oxygen, oyster, paddle, page, pain, paint, paintball, pajamas, palace, palette, palm, palm tree, pan, pancake, panda, panpipes, panther, pants, papaya, paper, paper bag, parachute, parade, parakeet, parents, park, parking, parrot, party, password, pasta, pastry, path, patient, patio, patriot, pause, pavement, paw, peace, peach, peacock, peanut, pear, peas, peasant, pedal, pelican, pencil, pencil case, pencil sharpener, pendulum, penguin, peninsula, penny, pensioner, pepper, pepperoni, perfume, periscope, person, pet food, pet shop, petal, pharmacist, photo frame, photograph, photographer, piano, pickaxe, pickle, picnic, pie, pig, pigeon, piggy bank, pigsty, pike, pill, pillar, pillow, pillow fight, pilot, pimple, pin, pinball, pine, pine cone, pineapple, pink, pinky, pinwheel, pipe, pirate, pirate ship, pistachio, pistol, pitchfork, pizza, plague, planet, plank, plate, platypus, player, playground, plow, plug, plumber, plunger, pocket, pogo stick, point, poison, poisonous, poke, polar bear, policeman, pollution, polo, pond, pony, ponytail, poodle, poop, poor, popcorn, pope, poppy, popular, porch, porcupine, portal, portrait, positive, postcard, poster, pot, pot of gold, potato, potion, pound, powder, prawn, pray, preach, pregnant, present, president, pretzel, price tag, priest, prince, princess, printer, prism, prison, pro, procrastination, professor, programmer, promotion, protest, provoke, prune, pub, pudding, puddle, puffin, puma, pumpkin, punishment, punk, puppet, purity, purse, puzzle, pyramid, quarter, queen, queue, quicksand, quill, quilt, quokka, raccoon, race, racecar, radar, radiation, radio, radish, raft, rail, rain, rainbow, raincoat, raindrop, rainforest, raisin, rake, ram, ramp, rapper, raspberry, rat, ravioli, razor, razorblade, read, reality, reception, receptionist, record, rectangle, recycling, red, red carpet, reeds, referee, reflection, reindeer, relationship, religion, remote, repeat, reptile, rest, restaurant, retail, revolver, rewind, rhinoceros, rib, ribbon, rice, ring, ringtone, risk, river, roadblock, robber, robin, robot, rock, rocket, rockstar, roll, roof, room, rooster, root, rose, royal, rubber, ruby, rug, ruler, run, rune, sad, saddle, safari, safe, sailboat, salad, sale, saliva, salmon, salt, saltwater, sand, sand castle, sandbox, sandstorm, sandwich, satellite, sauce, sauna, sausage, saxophone, scar, scarecrow, scarf, scary, scent, school, science, scientist, scissors, scoop, score, scream, screen, screw, scribble, scuba, sculpture, scythe, sea, sea lion, seafood, seagull, seahorse, seal, search, seashell, seasick, season, seat belt, seaweed, second, security, seed, seesaw, semicircle, sensei, server, sew, sewing machine, shadow, shake, shallow, shampoo, shape, shark, shaving cream, sheep, shelf, shell, shipwreck, shirt, shock, shoe, shoebox, shoelace, shop, shopping, shopping cart, short, shotgun, shoulder, shout, shovel, shower, shrew, shrub, shy, sick, signature, silence, silo, silver, silverware, sing, sink, sit, six pack, skateboard, skateboarder, skates, skeleton, ski, ski jump, skin, skinny, skribbl.io, skull, skunk, sky, skydiving, skyline, skyscraper, slam, sledge, sledgehammer, sleep, sleeve, slide, slime, slingshot, slippery, slope, sloth, slow, slump, smell, smile, smoke, snail, snake, sneeze, sniper, snow, snowball, snowball fight, snowboard, snowflake, snowman, soap, soccer, social media, socket, socks, soda, soil, soldier, sombrero, son, sound, soup, south, space, space suit, spaceship, spade, spaghetti, spark, sparkles, spatula, speaker, spear, spelunker, sphinx, spider, spin, spinach, spine, spiral, spit, spoiler, sponge, spool, spoon, spore, sports, spray paint, spring, sprinkler, spy, square, squid, squirrel, stab, stadium, stage, stamp, stand, stapler, star, starfish, starfruit, statue, steam, step, stereo, sting, stingray, stomach, stone, stoned, stop sign, stork, storm, stove, straw, strawberry, streamer, street, stress, strong, student, studio, study, stylus, submarine, subway, sugar, suitcase, summer, sun, sunburn, sunflower, sunglasses, sunrise, sunshade, supermarket, superpower, surface, surfboard, surgeon, survivor, sushi, swag, swamp, swan, swarm, sweat, sweater, swimming pool, swimsuit, swing, switch, sword, swordfish, symphony, table, table tennis, tablecloth, tablet, tabletop, taco, tadpole, tail, tailor, take off, talent show, tampon, tangerine, tank, tape, tarantula, target, taser, tattoo, taxi, taxi driver, tea, teacher, teapot, tear, teaspoon, teddy bear, telephone, telescope, television, temperature, tennis, tennis racket, tent, tentacle, text, thermometer, thief, thin, think, thirst, throat, throne, thug, thumb, thunder, thunderstorm, ticket, tickle, tie, tiger, time machine, timpani, tiny, tip, tiramisu, tire, tired, tissue, tissue box, toad, toast, toaster, toe, toenail, toilet, tomato, tomb, tombstone, tongue, toolbox, tooth, toothbrush, toothpaste, toothpick, top hat, torch, tornado, torpedo, tortoise, totem, toucan, touch, tourist, tow truck, towel, tower, toy, tractor, traffic, traffic light, trailer, train, translate, trap, trapdoor, trash can, traveler, treadmill, treasure, tree, treehouse, trend, triangle, trick shot, tricycle, trigger, triplets, tripod, trombone, trophy, tropical, truck, truck driver, trumpet, tuba, tug, tumor, tuna, tunnel, turd, turkey, turnip, turtle, tuxedo, twig, type, udder, ukulele, umbrella, uncle, underground, underweight, undo, unibrow, unicorn, unicycle, uniform, universe, upgrade, vacation, vaccine, vacuum, valley, vampire, vanilla, vanish, vault, vegetable, vegetarian, vein, vent, vertical, veterinarian, victim, victory, video, video game, village, villain, vine, vinegar, viola, violence, violin, virtual reality, virus, vise, vision, vitamin, vlogger, vodka, volcano, volleyball, volume, vomit, voodoo, vortex, vote, vulture, vuvuzela, waffle, waist, waiter, wake up, walk, wall, wallpaper, walnut, walrus, warehouse, warm, wart, wasp, watch, water, water cycle, water gun, waterfall, wave, wax, weak, wealth, weapon, weasel, weather, web, website, wedding, welder, well, werewolf, west, western, whale, wheel, wheelbarrow, whisk, whisper, whistle, white, wife, wig, wiggle, willow, wind, windmill, window, windshield, wine, wine glass, wing, wingnut, winner, winter, wire, wireless, witch, witness, wizard, wolf, wonderland, woodpecker, wool, work, workplace, world, worm, wound, wrapping, wreath, wrench, wrestler, wrestling, wrinkle, wrist, writer, x-ray, xylophone, yacht, yardstick, yawn, yearbook, yellow, yeti, yo-yo, yogurt, yolk, young, youtuber, zebra, zeppelin, zigzag, zipline, zipper, zombie, zoo, zoom,
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My darkweb experience

As you can expect from the title, this how my first experience on the dark web went. I'm writing this as a warning to all of you who have interest going on there. I know this may just encourage more of you on there, but please just know that what I'm telling you has given me nightmares for days now. Just read this and learn from my wisdom. Thinking you can handle what is out there isn't the same as actually handling it.
I had always been interested in the dark web. However, I never owned a personal computer growing up, and the college I went to had strict internet monitoring/filtering, so I never risked making an incursion. Well I went home due to the coronavirus outbreak, and decided it was time to figure out what all the fuss was about.
So I did some research, and decided to install Tails as a VM and browse from their, hopefully protecting my computer from any malicious attacks. I pull up a tor browser and hop on the hidden-wiki. For the most part, most of the links timed out, most likely they were taken down for one reason or another. Then I found more links to updated "hiden-wikis."
These must've been updated more recently as several more of the links worked. Nothing crazy. Some deepweb porn (honestly the clearnet stuff is better), sites selling drugs, IDs, bitcoin, etc. The occasional conspiracy site. "Red Rooms" that looked like a 10 year old taking an HTML course made, most likely scams.
It was near the bottom of this hidden-wiki page that I found an interesting cite. I forget the name, but the description said "link paste." If you ever find the wiki page, a quick ctrl-f will find it for you. It was a pretty simple website. Basically it was an online forum, actually similar to reddit. However it appeared it was primarily used for posting newfound links and offering various services - hacking, drugs, prostitution. Some darker stuff too, linking/selling child porn and pay to view webcams of blackmailed teens. I stayed away from those.
One of the links caught my eye for some reason. "Get revenge on my girlfriend!" Normally posts like these linked the girlfriends nudes or whatever, but not this one. The OP gave a ton of her info, saying she cheated. Her drivers licence, pictures, email, address. I couldn't read all of it because apparently the girl was chinese.
At first the comments were actually quite wholesome and I laughed, people telling him that she wasn't worth it and he could do way better. "Don't worry about her, king, you can do so much better" and whatnot. Surprisingly wholesome actually. I guess even on the darkweb we're all still bros. But as I scrolled down, one of the comments posted a link, captioned "got revenge."
I, being an idiot, opened it. It redirected me to what looked like a downgraded youtube video. I clicked play. The video started off in what looked like somebody's unfinished basement. The camera panned, around to a hooded woman tied up in a chair, naked. The floor was covered by a tarp. I had a sinking feeling of where this was going. I should've closed the link, deleted the VM, and never looked back. But my curiosity got the better of me. A man walks in from the edge. He's shirtless, revealing a hairy beer gut, but hes wearing what looks like a gimp mask (the footage was kinda grainy so I'm not totally sure). I see he's holding a hacksaw. I should've closed that browser then and their, but I sat, paralyzed by fear of what I knew I was about to see. He took the hood off of the woman, revealing what looked like the woman in the photos above. Her hair was disheveled and her makeup was smeared across her face crying. She looked around frantically, trying to make out her surroundings.
The man started with her arm. Still tied to the chair, he began hacking away at her shoulder as she screamed and squirmed. I could hear the sound of the saw, tearing at her bone. It makes me sick just to think about. The tarp pooled with blood.
I don't really want to describe in any more detail what happened next. Needless to say, the rest of her limbs were removed, and her corpse was strewn across the floor, matted with blood. The camera came in close to her face, as if to verify it was the girl.
No longer paralyzed, I immediately closed the browser, horrified by what I had just seen. However, there was a new window open, like one of those popup boxes. On it was simply a series of numbers. An IP address. And below it, the text, "We know who you are."
I quickly opened a terminal, and typed in 'ipconfig,' displaying my IP address. It was a match.
I stared for a minute in terror. Did they know who I was? Where I am? I sprung into action. I powered off the Virtual Machine, deleted it from VMware. I then immediately deleted the disk image file it came in and emptied the recycle bin. I restarted my computer. There didn't seem to be any sign of any malware, so I shut it down, and went to bed, falling into a restless dream.
I haven't really slept since then. I keep seeing what I saw in my nightmares. I'm still scared that somehow they'll find me. I sleep with a gun now. Every noise at night wakes me up in terror. I'm writing this to all of you would be deep web delvers. This isn't going to stop most of you, but at the least I can warn you. Be careful. Try to stay to the safer sites. Don't just click random links. There's some cool stuff out there. But whatever you see is with you forever. I'm probably not ever going back there. Theres nothing on there worth what I've been through.
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Officially retiring from ridesharing! It was a blast - wish you all the best, and I'll tip you in the app!

I only posted in this sub once in a while, but consistently lurked. I enjoyed reading about your experiences, advice, gripes, and humor. I only drove as a moonlighting gig, for a few hours in the evenings on weekdays but mostly on weekends. I have a full-time career, and only intended to use ridesharing as a means for either buying cryptocurrencies (ie, bitcoin and the like), vacation fun money, and some needed car repairs. After all this time in ridesharing, here's some of the insights I've gleamed:
I know this sub beats up on Uber a lot for their various practices, but I'm very grateful that this option was available. The money I made gave me the opportunity to make some risky purchases I otherwise would have shyed away from. If I'm ever between jobs or something comes up, I wouldn't hesitate to hop back in the drivers seat, but for the time being I'ma spend my free time on other pursuits. Catch you all on the flip side.
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[uncensored-r/Bitcoin] The Million Dollar Hobo

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My appologies ahead of time for the way this all reads. It's mostly written as a train of thought, so if something seems without substance or seems to be leading somewhere and then switches directions, just read on and realize most of this was written late, when the kids are in bed and I have time, to write, in between work.
Let's get to know me: The Abbriged version.
I grew up with a single mother and a brother in a fairly safe area of the city with moderate crime levels.
Throughout highschool I had three to four good friends at a time, but nothing more than that. I can say most of my time outside of school was spent riding bycicles around the neighborhood, binging on video games (Pulling an all nighter on Diablo II or battling emerald weapon trying to beat last times record and going to sleep 3 hours before I had to go to school), browsing japanese image boards*[1], or late nights trolling and bluescreening AOL KO chats xD. Never drinking, never parties. I was your sterotypical antisocial nerd.
*[1] Yes, before the days of 4chan were, ancient... encyclopeidic, directories of techno-human, thought to image based or "meme based", thought tanks which, In my opinion, where the sparks towards the evolution of modern American social media... (most notably of these) japanese, or foreign image boards)
It wasn't really until after I got out of highschool that I started doing everything else that kids usually are doing well before that age: dating, drinking, going to parties and for me... anime conventions. The convention community is where I really made the freinds that I can, despite my absense in the past few years, say are my hometown crew.
Skipping ahead a ways, it was about 2010 when I really started getting into .onion sites and deep web, by 2012 I was actively mining and fooling with bitcoin, this is where my story gets sad...
Somewhere around 2013 when the market opened up I bought around $1500 so thats a little around 120 bitcoins. I had planned to use them for cough party favors or something so I kept them on an online wallet in case I decided to... Either way I decided not to go that rout and use them and over time just let them sit, ignoring them.
The following year, after several toxic and co-depended relationships (one even driving me to the point of taking an electric scooter 900 miles in the winter, only to get hit by an unisured vehicle not following the right of way a mear 100 miles from my destination) I became incredibly fed up with my life, my dead end jobs, the slumlord, his shitty broken townhouse and my relationships. I was doing it wrong... obviously.
A short time later I came across a few people downtown playing guitars with their packs and dogs. I could tell they were just passing through, but had been out there a couple of days so I offered them to come over to shower and eat. Now mind you at the time this should have been the last thing on my mind at the time considering I had let a couple of other transients come over in a moment of lonliness to drink with me and ended up being sucker punched and robbed. But something seemed different about this group, and it was... After 5 days of me complaining about my choises in life and them regailing me with tales of freedom and travel I was so taken that I had asked "Hopping a train and leaving... I can just do this with the shoes on my feet and the shirt on my back, yeah?" To which one responded "Yeah, we will just have to get you some gear" and with the final exchange of words between my ex-lover going something like: "Hey... I'm going to take these guys down to the train tracks. I'll see you later." To which I was met with a passive agressive and with some level of annoyance "Yeah, whatever, see you whenever" and replied "Yeah, probably not"... and left. Bye bye girl, bye bye shitty landlord!
The next three years are all too much to put into words. I traveled by train, by thumb, by 40 blue bird bus with 12 "dirty kids", their dogs and backpacks, went to gatherings of communal families in national forests, met a few amazing partners (one in particular that is still with me) the list goes on... I even spent around 11 months on and off in Palm Desert California taking care of a wonderful soul's mother who had dimentia. An imaculate house where we had a concrete wall around us, a pool, all manner of fruit and palm tree. It was heaven and it was given access in exchange for taking care of her delightful, yet unfortunately, bedridden mother. The most edifying part of being able to help her is it brought me closure to the fact that I had not gotten to take care of my own grandmother when I was younger who had passed from Lewy-Bodies Disease. This wanderlust adventure brought me a new view of what it truly meant to live, to say that it all can be done, the depression, the anxiety, the cognitive dissonance was gone. Whatever I was saying, I would manifest, wherever I wanted to go, I could get there. The opportunities were everywhere!
What is opportunity?
Well... the dictionary definition is "a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something." To me opportunity is: environmental factors that influence circumstances, the sum of your responses to those factors (efforts dictated by time and available resources).
The first set of circumstances we ever encounter is beyond our control, it is entirely dependent upon the caregivers we have and what opportunities they allow us. For some, those opportunities are abundant e.g. Both parents, private tutoring, music, and much needed attention and time to develop and grow core skills. Others have single working parents, little to no early education, have to compete for attention or grow up in poverty.
As we become more independent in thought and action, more in control of the variables in our cirumstances, the consequences of that control unravel in a positive, neutral or negative manner. Some of us were taught early on how to cope with the bad and turn it into success. Others may repeat mistakes many times before they learn how to manifest healthy habits (This obviously had been a trend for me early on in relationships. :x).
Oh yeah!... That sad part I mentioned earlier! Remember that 112 bitcoin or so I purchased and stored on an .onion wallet? I'd almost forgotten about it too until I managed to read one day that btc had jumped to 1200. I was extatic! I had over 100,000 sitting in my wallet! Right? My family and I could get a nice mortgage on a cheap house! Right? WRONG! Due to my young, foolish, lack of foresight, young adult mind It never crossed my mind that maybe I should not be keeping my bitcoin on a site that may be used for ill gain. I scrambled to find the .onion link to move the funds. BAM, looks like the Men in Black had already come by and auctioned off anything I had managed to accrue. Unfortunately this was one of those times when the circumstances of the situation I allowed to discourage me. I told myself I would not reinvest... Even after catching Mr. Robot and seeing how mainstream bitcoin was becomming, knowing it would rise... I resented it... What a fool...
I feel incredibly blessed that I had in the instant when I met those people downtown that I did not let the circumstances of what had happened just nearly a month prior, being robbed, dictate my bias against the transient community, It let me on one of the greatest spiritual journeys of my life.
As I mentioned, I have met someone while on the road whom I am still with. At some point while in Southern California we found out we were going to have a child. I was a little worried at first not knowing if I could take on the responsibilities of being a father, since then we have settled down a few times in a few different areas and unfortunately, sometimes I still question if I can provide everything that my children deserve. Fortunately, I can usually always find work as a server and that is cash that can almost (barely) cover the rent and bills for the month. And for being just over 2 years old my eldest child is well adjusted, fully potty trained and loves to sing. All of which I would like to contribute to my flexible schedule which allows for me and my lady to spend developmental time with her. Our second child was concieved last year and diagnosed with arthrogyposis, a condition that affects the feet, knees, arms and hands with contractures. We have not been able to get genetic testing but through research feel it may have been due to a TDAP shot or muscle relaxers my lady had been administered following an accident involving us being ran over by a truck while walking down the road. Either way he seems to be developing perfectly normally mentally but I can't help worry, as a father, If I will always be able to make the right choices for him where he can not.
I am a father, I love my children, I want every oportunity in the world for them... Travel, music, passions, goals! I want my son to be able to have the medical attention he needs. I want to not have to work dead end jobs as a server and barely scrape by with government assistance. I want to follow my dreams and have a few acres of land and build a food forest, have a community of people that want to raise theirs and our children as a collective. I want time with my family, time with my children, a time to make a difference in the world *[2] with this life. I want start a NON-PROFIT and summer camp that puts modified instruments in the hands of children with physical disabilities!!! I want all these things and there is now close to $1,000,000 of a ...
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I want to be able to make a difference! (The Hobo Who Lost His Million)

My appologies ahead of time for the way this all reads. It's mostly written as a train of thought, so if something seems without substance or seems to be leading somewhere and then switches directions, just read on and realize most of this was written late, when the kids are in bed and I have time, to write, in between work.
Let's get to know me: The Abbriged version.
I grew up with a single mother and a brother in a fairly safe area of the city with moderate crime levels.
Throughout highschool I had three to four good friends at a time, but nothing more than that. I can say most of my time outside of school was spent riding bycicles around the neighborhood, binging on video games (Pulling an all nighter on Diablo II or battling emerald weapon trying to beat last times record and going to sleep 3 hours before I had to go to school), browsing japanese image boards*[1], or late nights trolling and bluescreening AOL KO chats xD. Never drinking, never parties. I was your sterotypical antisocial nerd.
*[1] Yes, before the days of 4chan were, ancient... encyclopeidic, directories of techno-human, thought to image based or "meme based", thought tanks which, In my opinion, where the sparks towards the evolution of modern American social media... (most notably of these) japanese, or foreign image boards)
It wasn't really until after I got out of highschool that I started doing everything else that kids usually are doing well before that age: dating, drinking, going to parties and for me... anime conventions. The convention community is where I really made the freinds that I can, despite my absense in the past few years, say are my hometown crew.
Skipping ahead a ways, it was about 2010 when I really started getting into .onion sites and deep web, by 2012 I was actively mining and fooling with bitcoin, this is where my story gets sad...
Somewhere around 2013 when the market opened up I bought around $1500 so thats a little around 120 bitcoins. I had planned to use them for cough party favors or something so I kept them on an online wallet in case I decided to... Either way I decided not to go that rout and use them and over time just let them sit, ignoring them.
The following year, after several toxic and co-depended relationships (one even driving me to the point of taking an electric scooter 900 miles in the winter, only to get hit by an unisured vehicle not following the right of way a mear 100 miles from my destination) I became incredibly fed up with my life, my dead end jobs, the slumlord, his shitty broken townhouse and my relationships. I was doing it wrong... obviously.
A short time later I came across a few people downtown playing guitars with their packs and dogs. I could tell they were just passing through, but had been out there a couple of days so I offered them to come over to shower and eat. Now mind you at the time this should have been the last thing on my mind at the time considering I had let a couple of other transients come over in a moment of lonliness to drink with me and ended up being sucker punched and robbed. But something seemed different about this group, and it was... After 5 days of me complaining about my choises in life and them regailing me with tales of freedom and travel I was so taken that I had asked "Hopping a train and leaving... I can just do this with the shoes on my feet and the shirt on my back, yeah?" To which one responded "Yeah, we will just have to get you some gear" and with the final exchange of words between my ex-lover going something like: "Hey... I'm going to take these guys down to the train tracks. I'll see you later." To which I was met with a passive agressive and with some level of annoyance "Yeah, whatever, see you whenever" and replied "Yeah, probably not"... and left. Bye bye girl, bye bye shitty landlord!
The next three years are all too much to put into words. I traveled by train, by thumb, by 40 blue bird bus with 12 "dirty kids", their dogs and backpacks, went to gatherings of communal families in national forests, met a few amazing partners (one in particular that is still with me) the list goes on... I even spent around 11 months on and off in Palm Desert California taking care of a wonderful soul's mother who had dimentia. An imaculate house where we had a concrete wall around us, a pool, all manner of fruit and palm tree. It was heaven and it was given access in exchange for taking care of her delightful, yet unfortunately, bedridden mother. The most edifying part of being able to help her is it brought me closure to the fact that I had not gotten to take care of my own grandmother when I was younger who had passed from Lewy-Bodies Disease. This wanderlust adventure brought me a new view of what it truly meant to live, to say that it all can be done, the depression, the anxiety, the cognitive dissonance was gone. Whatever I was saying, I would manifest, wherever I wanted to go, I could get there. The opportunities were everywhere!
What is opportunity?
Well... the dictionary definition is "a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something." To me opportunity is: environmental factors that influence circumstances, the sum of your responses to those factors (efforts dictated by time and available resources).
The first set of circumstances we ever encounter is beyond our control, it is entirely dependent upon the caregivers we have and what opportunities they allow us. For some, those opportunities are abundant e.g. Both parents, private tutoring, music, and much needed attention and time to develop and grow core skills. Others have single working parents, little to no early education, have to compete for attention or grow up in poverty.
As we become more independent in thought and action, more in control of the variables in our cirumstances, the consequences of that control unravel in a positive, neutral or negative manner. Some of us were taught early on how to cope with the bad and turn it into success. Others may repeat mistakes many times before they learn how to manifest healthy habits (This obviously had been a trend for me early on in relationships. :x).
Oh yeah!... That sad part I mentioned earlier! Remember that 112 bitcoin or so I purchased and stored on an .onion wallet? I'd almost forgotten about it too until I managed to read one day that btc had jumped to 1200. I was extatic! I had over 100,000 sitting in my wallet! Right? My family and I could get a nice mortgage on a cheap house! Right? WRONG! Due to my young, foolish, lack of foresight, young adult mind It never crossed my mind that maybe I should not be keeping my bitcoin on a site that may be used for ill gain. I scrambled to find the .onion link to move the funds. BAM, looks like the Men in Black had already come by and auctioned off anything I had managed to accrue. Unfortunately this was one of those times when the circumstances of the situation I allowed to discourage me. I told myself I would not reinvest... Even after catching Mr. Robot and seeing how mainstream bitcoin was becomming, knowing it would rise... I resented it... What a fool...
I feel incredibly blessed that I had in the instant when I met those people downtown that I did not let the circumstances of what had happened just nearly a month prior, being robbed, dictate my bias against the transient community, It let me on one of the greatest spiritual journeys of my life.
As I mentioned, I have met someone while on the road whom I am still with. At some point while in Southern California we found out we were going to have a child. I was a little worried at first not knowing if I could take on the responsibilities of being a father, since then we have settled down a few times in a few different areas and unfortunately, sometimes I still question if I can provide everything that my children deserve. Fortunately, I can usually always find work as a server and that is cash that can almost (barely) cover the rent and bills for the month. And for being just over 2 years old my eldest child is well adjusted, fully potty trained and loves to sing. All of which I would like to contribute to my flexible schedule which allows for me and my lady to spend developmental time with her. Our second child was concieved last year and diagnosed with arthrogyposis, a condition that affects the feet, knees, arms and hands with contractures. We have not been able to get genetic testing but through research feel it may have been due to a TDAP shot or muscle relaxers my lady had been administered following an accident involving us being ran over by a truck while walking down the road in Ellijay, GA *[2]. Either way, our son seems to be developing perfectly normally mentally but I can't help worry, as a father, If I will always be able to make the right choices for him where he can not.
*[2] Our attourney had told us it was protocol to make an offer for the full amount of the policy and to see if they accept it before trying to sue the insurance (found out later you can sue either way). There was a settlement; unfortunately, even after reductions, it did not even surmount the medical costs.
I am a father, I love my children, I want every oportunity in the world for them... Travel, music, passions, goals! I want my son to be able to have the medical attention he needs. I want to not have to work dead end jobs as a server and barely scrape by with government assistance. I want to follow my dreams and have a few acres of land and build a food forest, have a community of people that want to raise theirs and our children as a collective. I want time with my family, time with my children, a time to make a difference in the world *[3] with this life. I want start a NON-PROFIT and summer camp that puts modified instruments in the hands of children with physical disabilities!!! I want all these things and there is now close to $1,000,000 of a foolish mistake I made just sitting in between that, and it's something I have to own as no ones fault but my own. Hell! A fraction of that could give me everything I want! If I had heled on to at least 5-7 coins of 112 and stored it locally I would have the money to buy some land, start working towards self-sustainability... I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football right now. AAARRRRRRGH!
*[3] Did you know!? That right now certain states in the midwest, after already paying and putting food on a childs plate, are throwing that food away in front of the children at the checkout because they are past due paying for their school lunches. (These are the kind of fundraisers and issues that, although systemic, need to be addressed financially)
Anyway! If you made it this far, thanks for listening! :) There are always people struggling in one way or another, people who could use that investment, many more than me, my family, my ideas and aspirations. But it is the intention behind our investments that make a difference around us. I am old enough now to know what I would do if I had even a fraction of what was taken from me. Create stability and self sustainability for my family and use whatever else in a way that can help give other children with disabilities OPPORtUNItY.
I'd like to imagine, had I been smarter and held onto my bitcoin, that If I was reading this I would be like *hehe.. click... ticka ticka ticka...this dude is going to poop his pants when he checks his wallet... * So yeah... Love Life, Love Eachother, but MOST IMPORTANTLY LOVE YOU!
Hope you enjoyed the read! Just remember I have too much at stake to prostitute myself! :D
"He who asks a question remains a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask remains a fool forever."
1KAQaWdCUxayfrMZZU5AranGkmxJFfd7ty (my wallet, in case you get off on making people poop their pants) :x
LONG LIVE THE FREEDOM OF THE INTERNET! FIGHT AGAINST CENSORSHIP AND NET NEUTRALITY!
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11-28 06:32 - 'The Million Dollar Hobo' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/HobOofTheCentury removed from /r/Bitcoin within 5-15min

'''
My appologies ahead of time for the way this all reads. It's mostly written as a train of thought, so if something seems without substance or seems to be leading somewhere and then switches directions, just read on and realize most of this was written late, when the kids are in bed and I have time, to write, in between work.
Let's get to know me: The Abbriged version.
I grew up with a single mother and a brother in a fairly safe area of the city with moderate crime levels.
Throughout highschool I had three to four good friends at a time, but nothing more than that. I can say most of my time outside of school was spent riding bycicles around the neighborhood, binging on video games (Pulling an all nighter on Diablo II or battling emerald weapon trying to beat last times record and going to sleep 3 hours before I had to go to school), browsing japanese image boards*[1], or late nights trolling and bluescreening AOL KO chats xD. Never drinking, never parties. I was your sterotypical antisocial nerd.
*[1] Yes, before the days of 4chan were, ancient... encyclopeidic, directories of techno-human, thought to image based or "meme based", thought tanks which, In my opinion, where the sparks towards the evolution of modern American social media... (most notably of these) japanese, or foreign image boards)
It wasn't really until after I got out of highschool that I started doing everything else that kids usually are doing well before that age: dating, drinking, going to parties and for me... anime conventions. The convention community is where I really made the freinds that I can, despite my absense in the past few years, say are my hometown crew.
Skipping ahead a ways, it was about 2010 when I really started getting into .onion sites and deep web, by 2012 I was actively mining and fooling with bitcoin, this is where my story gets sad...
Somewhere around 2013 when the market opened up I bought around $1500 so thats a little around 120 bitcoins. I had planned to use them for cough party favors or something so I kept them on an online wallet in case I decided to... Either way I decided not to go that rout and use them and over time just let them sit, ignoring them.
The following year, after several toxic and co-depended relationships (one even driving me to the point of taking an electric scooter 900 miles in the winter, only to get hit by an unisured vehicle not following the right of way a mear 100 miles from my destination) I became incredibly fed up with my life, my dead end jobs, the slumlord, his shitty broken townhouse and my relationships. I was doing it wrong... obviously.
A short time later I came across a few people downtown playing guitars with their packs and dogs. I could tell they were just passing through, but had been out there a couple of days so I offered them to come over to shower and eat. Now mind you at the time this should have been the last thing on my mind at the time considering I had let a couple of other transients come over in a moment of lonliness to drink with me and ended up being sucker punched and robbed. But something seemed different about this group, and it was... After 5 days of me complaining about my choises in life and them regailing me with tales of freedom and travel I was so taken that I had asked "Hopping a train and leaving... I can just do this with the shoes on my feet and the shirt on my back, yeah?" To which one responded "Yeah, we will just have to get you some gear" and with the final exchange of words between my ex-lover going something like: "Hey... I'm going to take these guys down to the train tracks. I'll see you later." To which I was met with a passive agressive and with some level of annoyance "Yeah, whatever, see you whenever" and replied "Yeah, probably not"... and left. Bye bye girl, bye bye shitty landlord!
The next three years are all too much to put into words. I traveled by train, by thumb, by 40 blue bird bus with 12 "dirty kids", their dogs and backpacks, went to gatherings of communal families in national forests, met a few amazing partners (one in particular that is still with me) the list goes on... I even spent around 11 months on and off in Palm Desert California taking care of a wonderful soul's mother who had dimentia. An imaculate house where we had a concrete wall around us, a pool, all manner of fruit and palm tree. It was heaven and it was given access in exchange for taking care of her delightful, yet unfortunately, bedridden mother. The most edifying part of being able to help her is it brought me closure to the fact that I had not gotten to take care of my own grandmother when I was younger who had passed from Lewy-Bodies Disease. This wanderlust adventure brought me a new view of what it truly meant to live, to say that it all can be done, the depression, the anxiety, the cognitive dissonance was gone. Whatever I was saying, I would manifest, wherever I wanted to go, I could get there. The opportunities were everywhere!
What is opportunity?
Well... the dictionary definition is "a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something." To me opportunity is: environmental factors that influence circumstances, the sum of your responses to those factors (efforts dictated by time and available resources).
The first set of circumstances we ever encounter is beyond our control, it is entirely dependent upon the caregivers we have and what opportunities they allow us. For some, those opportunities are abundant e.g. Both parents, private tutoring, music, and much needed attention and time to develop and grow core skills. Others have single working parents, little to no early education, have to compete for attention or grow up in poverty.
As we become more independent in thought and action, more in control of the variables in our cirumstances, the consequences of that control unravel in a positive, neutral or negative manner. Some of us were taught early on how to cope with the bad and turn it into success. Others may repeat mistakes many times before they learn how to manifest healthy habits (This obviously had been a trend for me early on in relationships. :x).
Oh yeah!... That sad part I mentioned earlier! Remember that 112 bitcoin or so I purchased and stored on an .onion wallet? I'd almost forgotten about it too until I managed to read one day that btc had jumped to 1200. I was extatic! I had over 100,000 sitting in my wallet! Right? My family and I could get a nice mortgage on a cheap house! Right? WRONG! Due to my young, foolish, lack of foresight, young adult mind It never crossed my mind that maybe I should not be keeping my bitcoin on a site that may be used for ill gain. I scrambled to find the .onion link to move the funds. BAM, looks like the Men in Black had already come by and auctioned off anything I had managed to accrue. Unfortunately this was one of those times when the circumstances of the situation I allowed to discourage me. I told myself I would not reinvest... Even after catching Mr. Robot and seeing how mainstream bitcoin was becomming, knowing it would rise... I resented it... What a fool...
I feel incredibly blessed that I had in the instant when I met those people downtown that I did not let the circumstances of what had happened just nearly a month prior, being robbed, dictate my bias against the transient community, It let me on one of the greatest spiritual journeys of my life.
As I mentioned, I have met someone while on the road whom I am still with. At some point while in Southern California we found out we were going to have a child. I was a little worried at first not knowing if I could take on the responsibilities of being a father, since then we have settled down a few times in a few different areas and unfortunately, sometimes I still question if I can provide everything that my children deserve. Fortunately, I can usually always find work as a server and that is cash that can almost (barely) cover the rent and bills for the month. And for being just over 2 years old my eldest child is well adjusted, fully potty trained and loves to sing. All of which I would like to contribute to my flexible schedule which allows for me and my lady to spend developmental time with her. Our second child was concieved last year and diagnosed with arthrogyposis, a condition that affects the feet, knees, arms and hands with contractures. We have not been able to get genetic testing but through research feel it may have been due to a TDAP shot or muscle relaxers my lady had been administered following an accident involving us being ran over by a truck while walking down the road. Either way he seems to be developing perfectly normally mentally but I can't help worry, as a father, If I will always be able to make the right choices for him where he can not.
I am a father, I love my children, I want every oportunity in the world for them... Travel, music, passions, goals! I want my son to be able to have the medical attention he needs. I want to not have to work dead end jobs as a server and barely scrape by with government assistance. I want to follow my dreams and have a few acres of land and build a food forest, have a community of people that want to raise theirs and our children as a collective. I want time with my family, time with my children, a time to make a difference in the world *[2] with this life. I want start a NON-PROFIT and summer camp that puts modified instruments in the hands of children with physical disabilities!!! I want all these things and there is now close to $1,000,000 of a foolish mistake I made just sitting in between that, and it's something I have to own as no ones fault but my own. Hell! A fraction of that could give me everything I want! If I had heled on to at least 5-7 coins of 112 and stored it locally I would have the money to buy some land, start working towards self-sustainability... I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football right now. AAARRRRRRGH!
*[2] Did you know!? That right now certain states in the midwest, after already paying and putting food on a childs plate, are throwing that food away in front of the children at the checkout because they are past due paying for their school lunches. (These are the kind of fundraisers and issues that, although systemic, need to be addressed financially)
Anyway! If you made it this far, thanks for listening! :) There are always people struggling in one way or another, people who could use that investment, many more than me, my family, my ideas and aspirations. But it is the intention behind our investments that make a difference around us. I am old enough now to know what I would do if I had even a fraction of what was taken from me. Create stability and self sustainability for my family and use whatever else in a way that can help give other children with disabilities OPPORtUNItY.
I'd like to imagine, had I been smarter and held onto my bitcoin, that If I was reading this I would be like *hehe.. click... ticka ticka ticka...this dude is going to poop his pants when he checks his wallet... * So yeah... Love Life, Love Eachother, but MOST IMPORTANTLY LOVE YOU!
That being said, I know it is against subreddit regulations to ask for or suggest transactions of bitcoin to any sort of charity unless it's "Well established" so clearly I am not suggesting anything of the sort. But for the hell of it I'll just leave this here 1KAQaWdCUxayfrMZZU5AranGkmxJFfd7ty (Clearly an inconspicuous peice of metadata)
LONG LIVE THE FREEDOM OF THE INTERNET! FIGHT AGAINST CENSORSHIP AND NET NEUTRALITY!
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The Million Dollar Hobo
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Selfish Mining of Profitable Alts with Small Number of Nodes

I am seeing evidence that selfish mining may be occurring on small profitable alts with a small number of network nodes - last night Florincoin network split and Gamecredits has appeared suspicious at times.
What is more I see evidence that one of the more favored but troubled coin hopping pools may be participating in such action.
http://hackingdistributed.com/2014/01/15/detecting-selfish-mining/
http://hackingdistributed.com/2013/11/04/bitcoin-is-broken/
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Conversations with a Dev, Insight into the workings behind our coin.

This is a copy of a discussion I had with one of the dogecoin Devs, I think it is an important read as the original post dissapeared of the front page pretty quick, it was, enlightening.
[–]rnicollReference client dev 8 points 23 hours ago We need a stable reference client whatever we do next. 1.7 will be that client, but we need more testing. We'll hopefully have a beta release in the next few days, but until they any testing on the alpha release would be greatly appreciated: http://www.reddit.com/dogecoin/comments/224vix/dogecoin_17_alpha_1_such_test_wow_much_feedback/ That out of the way; a coin derives value through utility. To make a coin useful, it must be accepted. For it be accepted, merchants must see acceptance as a cost-effective option. One of the issues they're going to wonder about, to my mind, is software stability. We keep having major updates which fork the blockchain or have problems with the RPC daemon. 1.7 is our solution to that; a massively improved client based on the Bitcoin 0.9 client, with a far more in depth testing period than previous releases. It means we're leaping to the front of the altcoins in technical basis, and providing a rock solid foundation for adoption. Meanwhile, we have documentation projects ongoing in security and standards both to further aide adoption, and to enable alternative implementations. Edit: Going to bed, not ignoring any replies, but unlikely to get back to you until after work tomorrow. permalinksavereportgive goldreply
[–]Master565[S] 1 point 16 hours ago That sounds great! I wish I could help you test, but I'm on the wrong computer in the wrong country right now.
[–]junkyardmessiah 6 points 23 hours ago All things being equal however , as a Dev , do you see a problem is the current Sfire situation , 25gh is pointed at us and he is dumping mass quantities of Doge into the wafflepool for BTC using his asic farm. Last count it was over 1.1 billion coins in the past week alone. I can pull up the graphs, But I think you already know about this. Initial acceptance by merchants is not going to consist of true believers of the 1 doge = 1 doge principal . If you look at BTC and Tiger direct , pricing directly matches BTC = fiat. So any principle based on the idea that merchants are going to look to anything but what the coin can be turned into as an aspect of Fiat is ... silly, I knwo the mantra of 1doge = 1 doge sounds nice , but untill we have inter business trading of the currency between them. 1 doge is going to be worth .0003 cents
[–]rnicollReference client dev 4 points 22 hours ago Painfully aware of SFire. Honestly, I'm more worried about the continual drops in BTC/USD pricing. If you follow the price closely, we get further hammered down when BTC dips, so we're getting double the pain. We're losing ground to BTC, and that's not great, but that's about 10% of the total drop we're seeing. I can't do much for BTC though, so lets get back to mining. Okay; merged mining won't fix the price, as far as I can tell. We'd about break-even (I reckon) vs LTC miners dumping DOGE, vs DOGE miners dumping LTC. It would probably massively reduce risk of a 51% attack, but that's all. For that, we take on the risk of any major problems with LTC will also hit us, and as we expand over time it becomes harder to "de-merge" later. Lastly, it would likely trash many of our mining pools, who would be too small to find any blocks, vs LTC miners. Moving to a CPU mining algorithm would probably just hand us to botnets, instead of ASIC farms. I've seen this before, certainly. So lets say we decide to move to a GPU mining algorithm of one sort or another. We still need a stable client we know we can modify, and people report problems with 1.6, so we have to get 1.7 done first. Hence we need testing of 1.7. We then implement a new PoW, and at some point branch. Presuming we don't have any unexpected problems with the branch, or introduce any critical bugs while editing core parts of the code, we make it harder to copy to/from DOGE mining, but if we're still the most profitable coin, people will still mine us (although with GPU farms rather than ASIC). We also inherently accept the environmental cost of all that GPU power. Oh, and we have to remain hopeful that no bright pure maths PhD student finds a way of optimising the hashing algorithm which gives them a huge performance boost over everyone else (essentially acting as a software ASIC). In summary; we're getting to the end of the development period for 1.7 and looking at 1.8 will do, but no answer that's been proposed is clearly superior to all others.
[–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 18 hours ago Well I do thank you for the response, Just I really hope we can move towards an answer abit faster. right now we are in the sub 80's and still dropping in value. I think the fact we are tied to BTC as our peg is another thing that is killing us . we need to be tied directly to Fiat if we stand a chance. I'd rather not have our currency tied to possible future Mt GOX events. it really needs to stand on its own, But again value right now is reflected in fiat. This is a bad situation all the way around . But here is the question . is there ANYTHING the community can do to stop this falling value and turn it around, from the obvious. I have bought all of the coin I can right now and am mining my ass off. I am accepting the coin at my business on small items right now but need to pay rent and they don't take Doge. ... yet I don't want the coin so I can just dump it like Sfire does for BTC/Fiat. Is there a crucial thing each of us can do to change the current stalemate of the deflationary machine that is Waffle or multipools?. Where do we toss our Sabots into the gears of our destruction? I am my wits end , all I can see as a clear winner might be that we need a mixed POW/POS algo with 25% Scrypt, 25% Scrypt-n or scrypt jane, 25% CPU, 25% POS. If such a thing were a possible fix . and the devs need money to develop it, .. will you take a check?
permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply [–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 11 hours ago runs back to the thread, out of breath Sorry, so many posts, keep losing track. Well, good news to start with, we apparently just jumped back up again. Praying this isn't a dead cat bounce (seriously, that's a term, I'm not making this up). Hoping other devs will chip in on suggestions; my background is trading-heavy, so I'm mostly thinking about things such as whether we can get UPS to accept Dogecoin (so merchants pay shipping costs in Dogecoin without exchanging through). I'm also wondering about seeing if we can pay taxes in Dogecoin, because I know HMRC takes debit cards, and if Dogecoin is cheaper to accept why not... We've also just had a working implementation of merged mining for Litecoin submitted to Github, which I imagine will be the major topic of discussion over the weekend, as obviously it reduces the work for that route by a lot. If anyone has the technical skills, a P2P multipool would be a way of avoiding Wafflepool scenarios by enabling those who want to make immediate profit to hop target without centralising their mining. This is where someone tells me we have one already, of course... Oh, also, you know we're 14 days (give or take) from halvening? So SFire's rewards will halve on the 25th (again, give or take a bit), along with everyone else's? permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply
[–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 6 hours ago Well I can hope things will be better by the next halvening But I suspect the percentage of low level miners will drop off since it just won't be worth it anymore. I suspect that regardless of the halvening his percentage of the % total coins mined will be the same. But there is a rumor that with the profits hes made so far that his goal is 50gh. and he has done some testing https://pools.rapidhash.net/pool/5 As for the sudden jump , A whale bought 101 million last night for his attempt to a pump and dump. I am not expecting much. So lets break it down, it is a simple question , What at present is off the table or is just undoable in time to bring our value up by the 10k block rewards. and what CAN be done by the devs. to me there there is only one thing that will guarantee a price boost and keep people mining. Drop the 5 billion deflationary yearly to 1.5 % or drop it completely, if the coin is too cheap and we cannot keep miners on it it is dead. simple enough. permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply
[–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 4 hours ago Off the table? Well, we're not going to merge-mine with BTC, fairly certain of that at least! For 25th (halvening); probably most things would need more time, but most changes we could have in testing and potentially released ready for a higher block number, by then. Changing block rewards would need overwhelming support from the community to do. Honestly, I think people would call for our heads if we tried it. Notably, last halvening the price did nearly double in the week or two beforehand. That's part of why we're mostly favouring doing nothing; historically actually things look bad, but do get better. You can also dig into Bitcoin's history for examples of this. Interestingly, someone just submitted a patch for Litecoin merged mining. I'd definitely not want to be the one to make a call that we know will crush whole mining pools, but it means the option's there if it gained real support. As to changing PoW - I'm going to be talking contingencies with other devs tonight, see what we can come up between us. Again, there's mostly concern that if this goes wrong, we can do a lot more damage to the coin than SFire and a halvening is doing... permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply
[–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 2 hours ago Thank you for being frank and honest with us , Let the other Devs Know a weekly update on the front page would be really really helpful for bolstering confidence that there is actual direction to the madness that is Dogecoin A big question here is how do we gauge support? It is all over the place, voting system would be nice. with some protections against bots and nobody can vote with an account younger the 5 days from the time of the vote would be good too. Debate could be held on reddit , voting on on dogcoin.com I think a lot of angst and worry is due to the feeling of not "really " having control of the destiny of dogecoin. That it is up to the devs to make decisions on the smattering of posts that are scattered all over this sub. We need a cohesive way to express our opinions . If you make the reasoned case for block reward changes , you might be surprised by the reaction you get. Please put it to the others that if we could have more interaction and more regular updates it would go well for all of us and inspire confidence . which can also help bring our value up. permalinksaveparenteditdeletereply
[–]rnicollReference client dev 1 point 1 hour ago It's worth keeping in mind we're still just assembling organisational structure. Clients up to 1.5 inclusive were led by the founders, 1.6 was lleti and rog1121, and 1.7 is now leofidus, langerhans and myself. So; we're working on communication with you guys, as soon as we've got it sorted amongst ourselves :) Attempts so far to have go-betweens assist us with communication have given an impression of an isolated elite, so yeah, it's a work in progress. Anyway; yes, there's predictably been extended and expressive discussion for several hours, and we think we've got a least bad solution. I'm getting everyone involved to confirm they're happy with the idea in principal, but it looks like we're going to try beating the multipools at their own game, by building a better multipool which is less hostile to DOGE. That's as much as is concrete so far, I can literally see the conversation progressing in another window, and the other two core devs are both offline anyway. I definitely want to see if I can get a weekly "What we've done, what we've learnt, what we've thought about but didn't do, what you can do to help" blog post or similar, and I may get the first done this weekend (if not, next). There is a hell of a lot happening (for example implementing the Bitcoin payment protocol for Doge, security whitepapers, writing formal specifications to go to the IETF) that people don't see... permalinksaveparentreportgive goldreply
[–]junkyardmessiah 1 point 57 minutes ago Okay that is at least something. It is like trying to pull back the curtain of the wizards of doge only to see them scrambling like mad pulling levers and pushing buttons/ I would like to post this discussion we have had in a new post to get it some more visibility if you would be okay with that. I really do hope the next Halvening will show some results. But I think most expected a lot more out of the last one. I think all of us would like to hear about the "least bad" solution, and what it means for the coin.
[–]rnicollReference client dev [score hidden] 43 minutes ago* If you want to see us at work, the #dogecoin-dev channel on Freenode's an excellent idea. I'm there if I'm working, and the other two currently active devs are frequently around too. It's... well, busy, and I can't guarantee you'll see stuff that interests you, but it does let you see what's going on. As to a new post; I'm unfussed. Anything I'm posting I presume I'll come back to discover a few thousand shibes have spotted and suddenly read. That said, because weekends are when I can get my head down and make progress, I'll be less chatty on reddit, fair warning. At the moment everyone in the room seems reasonably happy that the best thing to do is to provide better mining software to pull people such as SFire away from single pools. I think there's also the intent to have the pools generate DOGE by default instead of BTC, but even if that's not something people could work with, we can at least implement much better trading algorithms (that's well within my skillset). That said, others are taking the lead there, I'm going to be focusing on technical documentation; a security specialist is working on guidelines for using cryptocurrency safely (for merchants and similar) with some guidance from myself, and I'm hoping to make a start on formal documentation as soon as the Bitcoin payment protocol stuff is done.
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Hey Matt, I was at your State of the Word in SF and you talked about moving WordPress more towards being an application framework rather than a CMS or blog platform. What specifically do you have in mind for this (better settings API, developer features, etc)? And then if you could break backwards compatibility (which really isn't a option for WP), what would you really like to completely redo or add to WordPress? Thanks! First and foremost the most important things for a platform are stability, speed, and security. To do those well you need the ability to push updates and fixes as close to real-time as possible. And it needs to work in every language. User authentication, data and caching abstraction.
A lot of what people think of as platform stuff is actually at the CMS layer -- custom post types, taxonomy meta,
If backwards compatibility wasn't a concern I would rename all the inconsistent column names and variables to match our style guide, drop TinyMCE, simplify the user roles and capabilities system, replace widgets with page blocks, redo the admin menu system, denormalize the DB, flatten dependencies and deep hierarchy in function execution, and completely reorganize the code so the bare minimum of files are included with any given request.
After reading questions from all of the nice, well-meaning people writing WordPress as "Wordpress", do you wish reddit would implement capital_P_dangit(\)? ;) Yes! If anyone from Reddit sees this, would super-duper appreciate if we could get /WordPress capitalized properly. I can send copious amounts of swag, bourbon, and BBQ if bribes are needed.
Looks like that already happened. My link works, but if you click the link in the header it takes you back to the lowercase P. Probably just a field in a database somewhere.
How is it going with Bitcoin ? Haven't looked recently, will see if I can pull some numbers. I wish I had bought some Bitcoins before we introduced it, though. :)
Any stats ? 94 successful transactions so far, pretty low. I think it's more important philosophically to support it than it's been beneficial from a business point of view.
If you could wave a magic wand and instantly rewrite WordPress in any programming language, which would it be? Go. :)
Do you ever think "I could have been tumblr" ? Just the opposite, I'm very glad we're not Tumblr.
Hi Matt, I'm a long time WordPress dev (since day 1 moreorless) so thanks very much for starting it. Just wondering what your opinion of Ghost is? Link to www.tryghost.org. Link to www.fastcolabs.com
They say or imply lots of things about WordPress that aren't true. They've also done things like had a quote from me looking like I was endorsing Ghost on their Kickstarter page even after I asked them to remove it several times. (Lots of people were confused or thought it was a plugin for WP.)
What do you think of Drupal 8 ? :) Some cool stuff in there! I also keep an eye on Joomla and Concrete5. I find it really fascinating to watch other open source projects especially because we share much of the same background and philosophy, but make radically different decisions around things like backward compatibility and release schedule.
It's like watching birds that evolved from the same ancestor but on isolated islands and environments. I'm sure we do things that look completely crazy to Drupal folks, and vice versa.
Along those lines I was asked to keynote at the Joomla World Conference in November and it looks like I'm going to be able to make it.
Why is hello dolly still a default plugin? Do you have any statistics about how many people actually activate/use it? Have you personally written any other plugins? Hello Dolly is actually the 13th most active plugin, with an active userbase of about 16% of Akismet (the most-activated plugin), and about a third as popular as Jetpack. It's ahead of W3 Total Cache! Again this is not just installations, it's currently active.
Some of the other plugins I've been involved with are here on my profile: Link to profiles.wordpress.org
They're obsolete but at the time I was proud of Advanced Caching, Staticize Reloaded, and Cache Images and the early and since-rewritten work on bbPress, HyperDB, and Akismet.
How directly involved are you in ongoing development of core? Are you relatively hands on, do you ever drive decision making or do you leave it to the community? Would love a wooden WP logo, as long as it's not a fauxgo. :)
On a completely different subject. I'm as involved in WordPress development as I was 10 years ago, it just manifests itself in ways that tend to be a lot more behind the scenes and less visible, which I don't mind as I'm way more interested in things moving forward and the results than credit or recognition for any specific thing. (I get plenty of recognition regardless, don't need more.) The only downside is that folks who I don't work with on a day-to-day basis assume that my role at Automattic or WP is more as a traveling figurehead or "evangelist" which can rub me the wrong way sometimes.
I met you at WordCamp Chicago this year (I told you about a widget plugin that turns them into a post type and such). For 3.8 I'm going to take a swing at the release lead role again, which should be fun.
I created these wooden WordPress logos with my 3D Printer, I meant to give you one but I forgot about it. You still want one? The most important thing I've done since WP started, though, isn't in a line of code or a feature people use, it's getting the right people involved and creating an environment for them to thrive. It's the single most important thing any founder can do, whether of an OS project, a non-profit, or a for-profit company even though there's not a single thing you can point to as the result of it other than the overall success and movement of the project.
What are your favorite/most powerful/most surprising implementations of WordPress? My favorite are when people I admire use it, from Jay Z to Zeldman. In many ways what we do like a canvas, and it's a huge honor to see the creativity and beauty people bring to it.
Of all the WordCamp's you've been to around the globe, what was the most unusual location for the event itself and, separately, the after party? Oh by far and away the strangest location was Davao in the Philippines. I can't find any pictures at the moment, but my talk was essentially at a restaurant with a swimming pool courtyard -- the audience was on the other side of the pool from me, and the food buffet was behind me so when the Q&A got slow people would grab food. The PA system had an echo because I think it was normally used for karaoke. And then the bats came out!
Best after-party is hard to pick, but I had a great time after WordCamp Las Vegas which aligned with my 25th birthday a few years ago.
The Philippines is a wacky place. Oh, my people :-) I loved it and had a great time, including at the one mentioned above. :)
Of all the WordPress community memes, which one is your favorite? Link to twitter.com is pretty funny, and some days I miss WP Wank.
Recently I enjoyed #thingswpdailywouldpost and the response: Link to torquemag.io
Pretty much anything Mike Adams (mdawaffe) sneaks into the code, be it easter eggs or Ghostbuster references.
Mark Jaquith had some pretty hilarious ones but I can't find them at the moment, maybe other folks could post their favorites too. :)
Automattic has a lot of side projects (Gravatar, PollDaddy, etc) - What's next? There's always a struggle between doing new things or experiments under a new brand -- like VaultPress -- vs putting it under an existing brand. A lot of the things I've been thinking about we're going to put under the Jetpack brand, for example Jetpack Photon (CDN + dynamic image resizing and filtering) could be a standalone product, but decided to bundle it. So keep an eye on some big things coming to Jetpack, especially for Code Poets, people who use WordPress professionally.
What would you like to see us do next?
What individual do you think is the most under recognized contributor to the WordPress community at large? That's a tough one... I'm going to say the volunteers on the support forums. There are 2M+ posts there, and it's easy to forget that a huge number of WP users end up in the forums and get help that allows them to use the software when they wouldn't otherwise be able to.
I remember seeing a WordPress yearly theme of "WordCamps and WordPress Meetups". What should be the next year's area of focus for the Community? What areas would you like to see beefed up in the Community? Some themes that I thought might be good are "Women in WordPress", "Contribution and Documentation", "WordPress Evangelism", "Adopt an old plugin" to name a few. How do you feel about these? Those are all good, if I had to pick one it'd be getting the documentation going better on WordPress.org -- handbooks, function reference, training materials / syllabuses, and doing it all in every language and for every plugin/theme.
Hey Matt, what was the most difficult thing for you in starting your business and what do you think is the most important thing you have to know and/or to learn when you found a startup? The hardest thing for me was taking responsibility for the lives and families of others, those first few hires especially. It's why I originally raised funding even though we had revenue already, and why since then we've always focused on making the business sustainable over decades, not just the next tech hype cycle.
What's the best meal you have ever eaten (and photographed)? Hands down: Eleven Madison Park in NYC.
Recently I had a really special libation tasting menu at The Aviary in Chicago, which is from Grant Achatz the chef of Alinea, it was a cool experience at a table in the kitchen.
I'm constantly amazed by the coordination and efficiency of professional kitchens, I'm mesmerized when I watch.
PHP has matured a lot in the last few years, with new tools such as Composer and new frameworks such as Laravel. The relationship between this side of the PHP community and WordPress seems to be pretty strained. Are there plans to address this relationship, particularly with the new focus on WordPress as a web app framework? I think the PHP and WP community are coming closer together, I know it's something that Nacin has been spending time on and we've had more presence at PHP-focused conferences.
Thoughts on forking WordPress, a la jQuery? (Link to eamann.com. I don't think forking as described there is a good idea.
Multiple content areas - probably the most important CMS feature not baked into core. Will it ever happen? There's something around multiple content areas that could be really interesting we're going to start working on this year, hopefully ready by early 2014.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing WordPress (in the context of competitive software or just un-met customer needs) for the next year? By far and away it's the high attrition rate of new users. We look at posting a lot in that context but I think it's far more important to look at customization -- theme discovery and tweaking, widgets, menus.
Hello Matt, what is your opinion about current state of PHP in general? Do you like any particular framework? Templating engine? Thanks. I think it's pretty great, would just love to see continuing development around performance. Nothing really in the language that's holding us back. Wish it was trendier with younger devs.
Hey Matt, why did you force the rest of us to suffer through images defaulting to a link in our posts (I understand that was your doing)? Youthful indiscretion!
What is your development setup (software)? Most of my time these days is spent with people instead of code. (For better or worse. :)) I love lists, and live on Link to simplenote.com .
When I code since I switched to Mac in 2011 I use Coda 2 and SFTP to a remote server rather than a local dev environment. nano on the server.
Apache or nginx? Nginx!
I find WP so much more user-friendly than the competition. Was that a conscious decision from the outset? Was it hard work to make it that way or was it just the way you guys did things? Do you have a warehouse full of useability testers or does it just come naturally to you guys? The first few users were friends of mine who weren't into technology at all, so from the start we needed to make it work for regular people. As we grow it's mostly just a matter of reminding ourselves of that, sitting down with them to see how they use the software, and anticipating their needs.
If something in the future interests you enough to make WordPress/Automattic part-time for you, so you can take on something else or contribute to another cause, what might it be? I'm really fascinated by micro-electronics, hardware, and the "internet of things" for lack of a better term. It's surreal to be approaching an age that resembles the sci-fi I loved as a child.
That said, I can't imagine not working full-time on WordPress/Automattic, I feel too strongly about our mission, impact, and potential.
What's your favorite beer? Link to imgur.com. Link to cloudup.com
I see a lot of desperate web development companies locally that try to stress that Wordpress is insecure and shouldn't be used. What would be the best thing to say to people like that to shut them up? Some of the largest and most important publishers in the world rely on WordPress. (Show them the showcase.) If WordPress was insecure we'd see it on the front page of nytimes.com, wired.com, and cnn.com. :)
Hi Matt, have you read Chris Lema's blog post. What is your response? I have. It's also funny because I think Gartner is about to come out with a "magic quadrant" that puts us in the crappy quadrant (low vision and ability to execute). Their leaders? Adobe, Sitecore, SDL, Oracle, HP, Opentext...
I completely agree with Chris on all the ways that enterprise currently works, and their concerns. (People assume because we choose to do things differently that we don't understand the other side.) But I'm not willing to compromise getting better software into the hands of users as quickly as possible, if that means Gartner thinks we're a visionless niche player so be it.
We've done long-term support branches before, it was a big development burden and almost no one used it or cared. There will be businesses that embrace keeping their technology moving at the speed the web does, and there will be those that go out of business and become irrelevant.
•Will you ever support multiple languages in the WordPress core? No plans for multiple languages in core, sorry.
•What do you think of new writing platforms like Quip and Editorially? Will the WordPress post editor ever have any of those 'team' features? I really dig the new writing platforms, I do think we'll get some of those team features if not in core than in Jetpack.
I heard a rumor Matt switched back to QWERTY. True? Not true, still typing Dvorak, though last year I was beat on speed for the first time by Helen Hou-Sandi, who types QWERTY. She's speedy, and if she switched to Dvorak she could probably win world champs. :)
Hey Matt, where do you think the future of the independent WordPress news community lies, with your recent purchase of WPTavern and the recent sale of WP Daily to WP Engine? Do you think there is a space for an impartial WordPress news website? *edited for correct spelling! I'm glad that new ones are being started as fast as old ones are shutting down. There is some really interesting stuff going on in the community and I think there's space for real journalism and strong commentary.
What one major thing would you like to see changed/fixed/updated in WordPress core? The fact it doesn't work well on mobile devices.
How do I convince my boyfriend, who wants me to keep his site in ASP.NET (he's a programmer, I'm a designecoder), to install WordPress? I'm not even allowed to use PHP! :( The best way I've found to convince people, even as the founder, is just showing examples. That's why we created the showcase: Link to wordpress.org
Find out which musicians, celebs, authors, etc he writes and see which of them are on WordPress and bring it up casually in conversation. (We have huge adoption from creative folks.)
Best BBQ of all time? I hope I haven't had it yet. :)
Are open source contributions a prerequisite to work at Automattic? No, but they get you to the top of the list when we're reviewing applications. (I know, I look at every incoming resume.)
Would you consider Automattic the "Redhat of WordPress"? Without a doubt. ;)
Do you think an app store for plugin and themes built with high quality standards and framework, could be a good solution for WordPress end users? The plugin directory is an app store where everything is free.
Would having paid stuff there make it better? I don't think so.
Why do you feel thats different for themes - premium themes are available via the themes directory. (I've never bought one of those so I don't know if the comparison is valid) Design is inherently valuable in its scarcity, functionality is valuable in ubiquity.
It's unlikely that we'll ever want to put a popular theme into core, but fairly likely it'll happen for a popular plugin.
Collaboration is more important for plugins than themes, and money from scarcity balkanizes development.
Did you ever feel like you couldn't continue with your project? Is there any advice you have for small business startups? Covered advice here -- Link to www.reddit.com
There have absolutely been times I felt like I couldn't continue, both with Automattic and WordPress. You have to take the lows with the highs and stick with what you believe in.
Hi Matt, I have been using WordPress for 10 years, make most of my living from it, and will always love it. Thank you for that! It is by far the easiest way I have found to build websites that my clients find easy to use. I see the reasons why WordPress does not use more modern coding practices and tools and appreciate the need for backward compatibility, but wonder if you ever see the code base moving forward to a time when developers can use the newest features of PHP, best coding practices (i.e. testing), and the great tools that are available these days, like Composer. Do you think there will ever be some kind of fork or offshoot of WordPress that functions as an application development framework, since so many developers are using it for that these days? Thanks :) I disagree with the premise -- WordPress does use modern coding practices. People assume that supporting say an older version of PHP or MySQL holds us back far, far more than it actually causes any trouble. Supporting older browsers is a way bigger deal.
Our biggest challenge is figuring out the user side of things, the front-end code. How things should work for a user rather than how they should work for a computer.
What does your average day look like and how do you manage so many different projects? I spend more time on Skype (text chat with colleagues) than I would care to admit. Between that and P2s ( Link to p2theme.com ) I can easily fill eight hours in a day. As the company has grown to over 180 people there is a huge amount of content and activity to keep up with.
Hey Matt, how many hours you work on an average day? It's hard to say because I don't really consider what I do work, the hours just melt away.
I find I'm most productive first thing in the morning when I wake up, usually around 7am but a bit later if it's a cloudy morning, and I generally run out of steam around 11:30pm that night.
Some days I'm traveling though I might only have 4-5 hours at a computer and can get a similar amount done.
I find I'm generally more creatively charged the following day if I'm able to unplug at night, which is one reason I like jazz festivals (I try to go to Montreal every year) because I can work during the day and check out shows at night.
Any chance of a comment-spam filter being built into core? Akismet is great but has a lot of hurdles for a new user (Activation of the plugin, Registration on Wordpress.com, Registration for API key) and most just don't do it, contributing to the problem. I agree with Viper007Bond -- anything we did in core like Cookies for Comments would become completely ineffective within a day. Those only stop dumb bots who have easier places to spam.
Link to markjaquith.wordpress.com
off, love you, your ethos, your company. If you figure it out, let me know. :)
My question: how do you plan to get "normal" people to update their blogs as often as they do their Twitter and Tumblrs? But seriously, I think it's all about removing friction (every second loading and extraneous click) and becoming part of people's habits, which is one of the reason I spent a fair amount of time on triggers and habits at the State of the Word this year.
any plans to launch a Premium paid version of Photon service with more features? Not on features, we'll make anything new there free to everybody, but might have a paid tier for top 1% of users by bandwidth/usage. But probably a few years from that, plenty of bandwidth and CPU here in the meantime, and it's just getting cheaper and faster.
Find a new boyfriend maybe? His judgement is clearly lacking. Ha!
Which features are available on other CMS that you would like to see in WordPress? I really like some of the drag and drop layout things folks like Squarespace and Weebly do. I think we have so much we can do to improve customization.
Hi Matt ! I know you've advocated for water causes in the past. Do you have plans for future charitable/philanthropic projects? Thanks for doing this. My big contribution this year has been to the Bay Lights project: Link to thebaylights.org
Haven't decided about next year yet...
What do you think about App websites/themes that seem to be using WordPress as the choice of CMS, do you think WordPress is a good platform for these types of sites? Scaling, Performance issues considering? Examples, Dating sites, Crowdfunding sites, Job board, etc. I think it's a great framework for anything content-driven. For things like messaging that don't map well to WP's data model, you can still do it just make some new tables, don't try to shoehorn it in the standard ones.
Which verticals will you be tackling next with WordPress.com? Please share your sensitive corporate information ;) Putting a hold on new verticals at the moment, going to try and go deeper on some of the existing ones first.
Hi Matt, now as most people know, you are very much a fan of open source and the GPL license. However, is there anything you do NOT like about open source? Also besides Wordpress (or its themes/plugins), are there any open source projects you like that aren't related to Wordpress or Automattic? I think the things that make open source incredibly collaborative and ultimately eat the world can also make design and big shifts difficult. WordPress has made some major shifts over its decade of life and grew as a result, but those pivots are harder to do the more successful we are because sometimes it means doing the opposite of what we did to become successful in the first place.
Automattic's been tweeting a bunch of new hires lately, and quite frankly doing a great job of making me jealous. Has the 90% of employees being remote ever caused real problems or friction? And how do Happiness Engineers work: do they help people out over the phone, or is it strictly a text over the Internet thing? Remote distributed working has been working great and we plan to continue it for the foreseeable future. HEs mostly work with email, but we're introducing a ton more live chat and phone work.
Say you retired your involvement from WordPress, what other projects stimulate your interest and challenge you? I think for many of us, all good things come to an end and considering your success of WordPress, what other projects (offline or online) would benefit from your involvement? I think I got this one here -- Link to www.reddit.com
Have any companies ever tried sueing you over silly software patents? Yes.
Hey Matt, you talked about profitability on TWiST. How do you plan on increasing revenue at Automattic? (I'm especially interested in how open source projects like Wordpress could lead to profitable companies) Edit: (changed "profit" to "revenue") I think it largely looks like the things we're doing today, just executed better and with a wider audience aware of them.
Hi Matt, besides traveling and photography, what are some of your other non-WordPress interests? Pretty tame: Music, especially jazz and hip-hop (J Cole, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Weeknd). Wearable tech. Vinyl records. Food (trying to cut down on this). Reading.
With growing popularity Wordpress has, in the past few years, become increasingly prone to hack attempts, brute force attacks, etc. Is there anything being done to address security concerns? I think we're a lot more secure than we were a few years ago, to be honest.
Hey Matt, I watched the live stream of your State of the Word on the weekend and you talked about leading development of WordPress 3.8 and that it would be "experimental". What kind of features do you have in mind? New interface with MP6, new theme with 2014, and hopefully some work on the editor and widgets.
As someone who's making a living thanks to the WordPress, this might be the only occasion for me to say Thank you Matt. You've truly changed my life. Thank you. :) Hug a WP contributor next time you meet one, there are hundreds of people active every day that are even more crucial to WordPress than me.
This is my personal favorite. ;) Edit: Whoops, imgur mirror so we don't kill ipstenu's site. That is indeed amazing. :)
Contribute. Agreed!
Sup Matt, Hit me with some Akismet stats. We're blocking 40-50 million more spam every day than we were last year. The volume of spam has been growing unusually fast.
Hi Matt, what do you think about this 400,000 Euro Site - :D. Link to www.carlabrunisarkozy.org. Link to www.connexionfrance.com. WordPress is priceless, so 400k euros isn't a bad deal, but they could shop around for a better consultant. :)
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