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based on Bitcoin[edit]

So how many of these are based on Bitcoin? At least Litecoin is...

Rucoin probably is. NovaCoin is. Terracoin is. PPcoin is. BBQcoin probably is. Ixcoin is. ... I think it needs to be made clear that this "alt" coins may well be scams, and that people should be careful about putting any real money, or any significant amount of time, into them. At least until they have verified that they are not scams, and that they are widely used enough. **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 22:03, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

Sources for scam warning: Andresen, Gavin (accessed 6 Apr 2013) (accessed 6 Apr 2013) I understand that these are forum links. However, the first one leads directly to a reliable source (the main developer of Bitcoin) discussing this. Saying, beware that they aren't scams. Other people in the thread also seem to be long term forum users. I don't understand why that source isn't reliable, when a link to is considered reliable. They don't even have an about page! There is no indication of who runs the site. They are based in Bulgaria, that's all I can find. So, as an academic, I would suggest that a known person, who is expressing a warning about "alt-chains" (meaning digital currencies based on Bitcoin) is more reliable than an unknown person saying that "Novacoin" is "Active" (and a warning that Novacoin (and all the rest) maybe a scam, and to take care, seems to be to be a fair warning). **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 13:14, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Also, what's with the link to for how much bitcoins are worth? I can't see where they get their information from. Do they get it from the exchanges? (In which case, why not link directly to the exchanges?) Or do they guess? (In which case, it isn't a reliable source.)**** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 13:18, 7 April 2013 (UTC)


I think that not having a safety warning is a mis-service to all users of Wikipedia. I also think that it needs to be made clearer that many of the *coin systems are not seeing widespread usage, and that the references for them are basically unreliable. See above for a comment on that.

I won't tolerate removal of either the section, or the reference, without discussion on this page first. **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 15:34, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

  • I've generally thought (partially due to this page) that internet forums are not reliable (Web forums and the talkback section of weblogs are rarely regarded as reliable). When I attempted to use bitcointalk and other forums as a source (even if information was posted by a major person in the community) in the past (on other pages), the information was normally swiftly removed because others said it was unreliable, so I've learned to treat it as such. Concern that many of these currencies are not notable/are seen by many as scams is why I moved them off of this page, there used to be dozens of currencies in the list. I've only left the most notable ones, for which there are multiple articles by news sites. Nevertheless, I'm not too bothered about having Gavin Andresen's comment if you really feel it adds to the article.
With regards to your comment: I think that not having a safety warning is a mis-service, Wikipedia is not a guide or instruction manual, nor should it contain safety warnings. Due to this, I'd advocate changing the saftey section to a criticism section, as is more common in Wikipedia.
With regards to your comment: what fucking part of "use the fucking talk page" do you fuckers not understand?, I was trying to be bold to avoid getting bogged down unnecessarily, in the event of a disagreement, an edit can easily be reverted (as you did).
(This is also a reply to this post) Cliff12345 (talk) 15:32, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
Hi, sorry about that edit summary, it wasn't aimed at you specifically (I wrote it before I knew who made the edit). It's more that a) it's the second time that the section has been removed without any comment, and for ages I was the only one using the talk page.
As for the source, I think that it's safe to say that the source is not a random forum, but the main dev of Bitcoin. I think it's not hard at all to verify that the main dev is in fact the person who wrote that forum post. And, so, if you have tried to use information referencing a forum post, and it's been removed, and you can tell that the person who made the post is reliable, then you should just put the reference back and slog it out with the idiots who don't agree. While a random forum post isn't reliable (just like a random web page), a post by someone who is obviously reliable should be. Having any source is better than no source.
I don't care what the section is called as such. But I think it's important to provide "both sides of the argument" ;) neutrality (not all these things are wonderful). I think it's good not to list all the various potential scams. Good job removing them.
**** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 13:12, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Having thought about it, we should probably keep it for now, as it's definitely true that a lot of people are wary about these new, smaller currencies (but the section should be titled Criticism, not Safety).Cliff12345 (talk) 15:11, 26 May 2013 (UTC)
Cool bananas. **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 16:31, 26 May 2013 (UTC)


I'm concerned that many of the "currencies" on this page are not notable. I think there should be a discussion about whether or not the they should be included on this page at all. Bitcoin has had wide-spread coverage in the mainstream media. NovaCoin for example though, does not seem to have had any coverage. I suspect that is also the case for each of the other Bitcoin based systems, and also for some of the other non-bitcoin systems. — Preceding unsigned comment added by I'm not human (talkcontribs) 15:41, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

I agree. If a currency is simply a proof-of-concept that does not actually have a method of exchange then it should not be included in the Digital currency page. One major problem with the notability of the page is that the early currencies are not even listed. For example, Second Life Linden Dollars and the other one originating from China should probably be first on the list. These well established currencies should be the focus of information over the relatively new currencies like bitcoin and the resulting spin-offs. Another prominent problem is relevancy. I don't believe listing off cigarettes, unnamed drugs (obviously marijuana), and nukes as possible items to buy with virtual currencies is relevant. Noisavni (talk) 05:11, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
Linden Dollars are game currency. They aren't intended to be a alternative digital currency you can use however you like. --KyleLandas (talk) 06:28, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
So we should remove the "currencies" that we can't find any evidence of actually being used to purchase stuff? If they just being used to exchange for other currencies, then I don't think they should be listed. I also agree it is not relevant what can be purchased. **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 14:26, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
I disagree on the grounds that the list would be very small at that point. --KyleLandas (talk) 06:09, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
And so what? I really don't see a problem with that. If Wikipedia's job is to list every tiny thing in existence, then there should be a list of toilet paper manufacturers somewhere. We should only be listing currencies that are actually used and useful (or that have been used and useful, but are no longer because the company behind them collapsed or whatever). **** you, you ******* ****. (talk) 10:53, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
There's a historical reason to document these things. The information may not be useful to you personally but there are those who would like to see how digital currency has evolved over the years. Some of these are just concepts but bitcoin was once, too, a currency that wasn't "used or useful." Additionally, we can verify that some of these currencies have a market value and that's a good barometer for their use. So, it seems a good majority have some use to them. I removed the ones that clearly did not. -KyleLandas (talk) 13:44, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
I believe Q coin was one of the first popular virtual currencies that originated in China. It started as a game currency but became a way for people to buy real world goods. What constitutes a currency digital or otherwise is something that can be traded and used. I'm not saying the now defunct Mochi Coin should be on the same list as bitcoins because it was more of a virtual currency that could be used only to purchase in game items. With that said, Linden Dollers and Q coin have been traded for government backed currencies and to purchase both virtual and real world goods. Just to restate, I don't believe we should remove any proof-of-concept currencies or not included virtual currencies. But it seems like a good idea to organize the information so someone new to virtual money can easily see the history and differences between the currencies. It seems bitcoins have stirred a lot of interest on the subject, so we should do our part to explain that it was not the first and only digital money. Noisavni (talk) 21:09, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Requested move to virtual currency[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: No consensus to move. (non-admin closure) Hot Stop talk-contribs 00:47, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Digital currencyVirtual currency – virtual currency is broader in scope than digital Oicumayberight (talk) 01:07, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

  • Oppose this article clearly states that digital currency is different from virtual currency. So, a different article should be created for that. It used to be an article in February], before someone redirected it here. -- (talk) 03:51, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment what about non-virtual digital currencies? Or are you saying that all currencies are virtual because they depend on ephemeral human notions of value? Either though fiat-valuations, or other such human sociological valuations? (ie. paper losses in the digital age) -- (talk) 03:57, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
I was under the impression that any currency that is not commodity money is a virtual currency. But that wasn't why I requested the move. Oicumayberight (talk) 07:36, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
By that definition, the US dollar is virtual currency (it is not gold, nor is it backed by gold, it is a fiat currency). -- (talk) 10:44, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
A fiat currency could be considered a virtual currency in effect. The only thing that makes it physical is the media it's printed or minted on. But I'm not against the consensus of the distinction as defined by the article. Changing the redirect of "virtual currency" has made the move unnecessary. Oicumayberight (talk) 23:59, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. A virtual currency is a currency used in a virtual economy. A digital currency is a real-life currency that only exists digitally. These are completely different concepts. I actually just changed the virtual currency redirect to virtual economy since that's more relevant. Axem Titanium (talk) 05:37, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Moving the virtual currency redirect to virtual economy may have solved the problem temporarily. However, future alternate usage of the term may require it to be a disambiguation page. The word "digital" may cause problems as not all electronics are digital and not all digital data is processed electronically. Oicumayberight (talk) 07:36, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia doesn't predict the future. We'll discuss that when it happens. Axem Titanium (talk) 17:11, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  • (from WPVG) Oppose as being two different concepts - basically what Axem Titanium said. We could make virtual currency a dab page (with links to digital currency and virtual economy), if the terms are often mixed up. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 10:18, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose, they are completely different terms. A virtual currency is a currency in a virtual world (normally a game). A digital currency is a a currency (intended to be) used in the real world (that is also entirely digital). Cliff12345 (talk) 11:13, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose - Per Axem. Sergecross73 msg me 12:27, 28 June 2013 (UTC)
  • comment I don't care. I just thought I'd mention it. Actually, I do care about the distinction between virtual, digital, and electronic. But I think that Wikipedia is not the place to coin new distinctions. For what it's worth, making a distinction between virtual and digital in this context seems pointless to me at this time. But I don't care really. — Preceding unsigned comment added by I'm not human (talkcontribs)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Inclusion of death section[edit]

I noticed that a recent edit added a "death" section to the list of major digital currencies, but I wouldn't have thought that this made much sense, as cryptocurrencies (due to their decentralized nature) don't die suddenly, they are more likely to slowly decline and gradually become inactive, hence the original "inactive" section. The same goes for this section here. Cliff12345 (talk) 21:08, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

Ignore this now, an admin has deleted the page which held this content. Cliff12345 (talk) 23:33, 11 July 2013 (UTC)


The formulation " the fungibility of mainstream digital money is rising" does not make sense to me, it looks like being written by somebody not knowing what fungibility is. Ladislav Mecir (talk) 22:15, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

maybe the author of the sentence meant "the convertibility of mainstream digital money is rising"? Ladislav Mecir (talk) 12:13, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
@Ladislav Mecir:The fungibility could only be rising is bitcoin were getting more and more a like, presumably becoming identical after a certain amount of time. Neither of the references mentioned fungibility, so I've removed that sentence. The IRS has decided, for tax purposes, bitcoin and other virtual currencies (not sure which, or if all, or just crypto) are property not currency.Jonpatterns (talk) 21:51, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Digital / virtual currency[edit]

I'm erring towards thinking these articles need merging. More information about the origin and usage (common and academic) of the terms would helpful>Jonpatterns (talk) 21:51, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

Bitcoin section[edit]

Edit [1] is justified as follows: " and my other sources agree: "Bitcoin is the first implementation of a concept called "crypto-currency". The problem is that the edit contradicts the source in the article. The "other sources" are not in the article and thus they cannot be judged. Reverting to the wording not contradicting the source in the article. Ladislav Mecir (talk) 01:16, 28 December 2014 (UTC)

Well, it's a copyright violation anyway... someone just copied and pasted from the source. Fleetham (talk) 01:33, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
Well, that is possible. But even if true, such a circumstance does not give any right to delete verified informations. Ladislav Mecir (talk) 08:44, 28 December 2014 (UTC)