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  • RegisteredOctober 27, 2013
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  • RegisteredOctober 27, 2013

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Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

The usual tosh from the usual suspects, easy to refute but not worth the time.

If anyone wants to make a meaningful argument, I will reply. Otherwise I am exiting this thread.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

Ishmael wrote: "But new gokunming management/editorship might rein in their new broom."

Given the absence of any reasoning or evidence here, I guess I will just reply in kind:

No, they shouldn't.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

cloudtrapezer wrote: "your ban"

To be clear, I prefer to avoid bans when at all possible. Forum moderation can take various escalating forms, up to and including permanent bans in the most extreme cases.

Forums > Living in Kunming > GoKunming feedback...

Ishmael and cloudtrapezer, you appear to be in the grip of some kind of mindless free speech absolutism. What I think you fail to see is that trolls are like invasive species: they crowd out other users/species.

I ask:

1. What happened to tigertiger and Dazzer? I can't speak for them, but the post history gives grounds for inference that they got sick of the BS from dolphin and Peter99.

2. Why do there appear to be zero women on the forums? Again, I can't speak for them, but psychological research has shown that (a) women tend to exhibit higher levels of agreeableness, one of the "Big Five" personality traits, and also (b) agreeable people tend to avoid conflict, as one would expect. Plus the situation has not been improved by Peter99’s locker room talk ([...] ).

3. Why are there so few users on the forums overall? Depending on sources, the daily number of visitors to appears to be in the range of 500 to 5,000. Assuming it’s not all the same visitors every day, the total audience is somewhat larger. In that light, while it’s hard to say what a normal forum participation rate should be, the current numbers seem quite low.

The bottom line is that most people have better things to do than scraping troll BS off the bottom of their shoes. Switching metaphors, those who oppose action against Asian carp and kudzu are in effect choosing to live in a world virtually devoid of other species.

I would like to hear a wider range of voices here, so I welcome and support more active moderation of the forums.

Forums > Living in Kunming > Transferring cash out of China

@Ocean: I looked into this in some depth at one point. I concluded that, compared to the other options available, bitcoin is ill-suited for the purpose of moving funds from China into a foreign bank account.

First, there are a lot of risks. Depending on how you proceed, these may include: questionable legality in China, risk of counterparty rip-off if using, exchange rate risk vs. traditional currencies, bitcoin wallet hacking risk, private key mishandling risk, fund sequester risk if somebody decides your transaction looks suspicious (which is more likely when bitcoin is involved), bitcoin exchange (i.e., institutional) solvency risk, and bitcoin platform risk.

Second, the process is complex: self-education about the mechanics of bitcoin, bitcoin wallet selection/creation/management, and/or bitcoin exchange selection & account setup, plus tax declarations if your bitcoin value appreciates enough while you’re holding it, and also the three to five separate transactions (depending how you set things up) needed to complete the actual funds transfer process from beginning to end.

I never got around to fully working out the costs, since the considerations above were enough for me to rule out bitcoin as an option. My understanding is that moving funds via bitcoin is a fair sight cheaper than SWIFT transfers. However this advantage is diminished by the need to pay declared or de facto commissions on two currency transactions instead of one (RMB >> BTC >> foreign $ {versus} RMB >> foreign $), and by the tendency of bitcoin’s value to be far more volatile than traditional currencies.


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@sezupom wrote: "My only critique is the name "pain campagnard"... such a added-value fancy way of saying country bread to mark up the price of bread."

"Pain campagnard" (or more commonly "pain de campagne") is a specific name used by bakeries in France for a particular type of bread. Just calling something "country bread" in English could mean anything.