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Last week we asked for your help. We wanted to know what type of articles you’d like to see more of Help Wanted! Which Topics Would You Like to Read More About? [MakeUseOf Poll] Help Wanted! Which Topics Would You Like to Read More About? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week, we need your help. Tell us what you want to read more about, and chances are you will! Read More here on MakeUseOf. We gave you 16 options to choose from, and over 4,000 of you gave your voice to help us find out more about what our readers want. So first of all, thank you!

Since there were many topics to choose from, we’ll only go over the ones that came on top. Keep scrolling to see the full results!

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Wow, so many great comments! You guys did a brilliant job coming up with article ideas for us and telling us which topics you’d like to read about. In case you’re wondering, I’m going to recommend that every MakeUseOf author read your comments, and hopefully we can turn most of your ideas into reality!

If I could give away 59 t-shirts to all those who commented, I would. Alas, I have only one to give away, and this week it goes to Millthumpian! It was a tough choice, but Millthumpian’s interesting idea of having techy articles in two versions, one for those who know the jargon and one for those who don’t, is just brilliant. Thank you Millthumpian!

I would like you to have two versions of your techie articles. One for those who know what they are reading and then one for people who have noooooo idea what on earth all those jargon words mean. That way when I start reading an article I can look at the idiot guide if I need to!
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Have You Ever Used BitCoin?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

BitCoin. Is it the future of currency and economy, or just a passing fad? Either way, the virtual coin is gaining popularity, and more and more vendors now accept it just like any other currency. Did you jump on the BitCoin wagon? Are you a regular user? Or maybe you’ve tried it once? Are you simply not interested? Vote!

 

Why did you choose to use or not use BitCoin? Is it easy or complicated to use? What are your thoughts about the virtual currency? Tell us everything below!

  1. AnnaK
    April 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

    What I see in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is a way for people to connect to internet economy that didn't have the possibility before, e.g. in countries where bank accounts are not easily available for everyone. It offers the opportunity to send 'money' (meant here: something that can be traded for goods or services) across borders instantly, with minimal fees and free from possibly volatile currency exchange rates. It's value is determined only by what another person is willing to give me for it, and in my opinion therefore a more just payment method than any government issued (and valued) currency ever could be. Cryptocurrencies can be an accelerator for economic development, where it is needed the most.

  2. Robert O
    April 8, 2014 at 1:07 am

    It's extremely risky to post a prediction on such things, but... I have a few thoughts.

    Pretty much everything in the digital/electronic world evolves from a pioneering concept. Some things are passing fads, but most "cool" things evolve and/or are incorporated into newer technologies. From a technological perspective, perhaps Bitcoin's main problem is that it was the first mainstream digital currency. Now there are several others (as listed in another MUO article).

    I suppose I could write a whole article myself on this subject, but my main concern is that Bitcoin might be the "Atari 2600" of digital currencies, and will no doubt expose many of the weaknesses that later (future) currencies will correct. Look at many technologies, and it becomes apparent that successors always come along, be it cassette tape, VHS, DVD's, MMO's, game cartridges, phonographs, or whatever.

    Another concern of mine is that Bitcoin is a "cryptocurrency." While today's computers need super-processors to "mine" a bitcoin, what happens when "Quantum Computing" becomes a thing? Supposedly, quantum computing makes code-breaking trivial, and there are only (I think) 21 million bitcoins available. 21 million bitcoins is not a lot of currency to base an economy on, even if you break it down into "satoshis" or whatever.

    This doesn't even touch on the "51 percent" exploit, nor the fact that Bitcoin isn't backed by anything, nor the unregulated trading (Mt. Gox) currently causing controversy in the Bitcoin community. If I were a Bitcoin holder, I'd probably cash out around now. If tech history is my guide, it's a pretty safe bet that something better will come along.

  3. James
    April 7, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I use bitcoin. I got in with minimal risk and made some cash. Things have been good. Provides me with disposable income. I see a lot of fear in these comments, but bitcoin/cryptocurrencies are not bad. If it fails it fails and I won't have lost anything personally. People who are scared don't have to use it either. People were afraid of the internet once also.

    • AnnaK
      April 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

      @James: thank you for pointing out "If it fails it fails and I won’t have lost anything personally." Nobody should invest more than they could bear the loss.

  4. Joel L
    April 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I've used Bitcoin but not anymore. Instead, I'm a big Dogecoin fan mostly because the community is so uplifting, so nice, and so open to outsiders and newcomers. They're all going to the moon. :)

  5. Leah
    April 7, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    I'm cautious as this sounds like going to a one world currency. I'm Christian and according to the Bible that's a bad thing. Allow me to practice my religion by being weary of Bitcoin for the time being.

  6. Todd E
    April 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I got into mining Litecoins and Bitcoins after reading a MakeUseOf article a few months ago. I teach computer security and wanted to be sure I understand this new economy and technologies. Given my late entry into mining, it will take a very long time to make back the money I spent to invest in the technology. I have found local meetup groups of miners who are promoting this alternative currency and trying to grow support for it.

  7. Joe
    April 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I bought my first bitcoins at $4 each. Then they became hundreds of times more valuable. I sold several thousand dollars worth while I was in school to keep the roof over my family. I have diversified and used bitcoin to trade for what I think are alternative cryptocurrencies with potential. I have bought books and donated to several organizations using bitcoin.

    For the naysayers, it seems like a lack of understanding. Yes, how it works if kind of complex. Yes, it's volatile. Yes, you can use it for illegal activities.

    Last time I read up on it, US currency is used in quite a bit of illegal activity. It also only has value because people believe in it, the same reason bitcoin has value.

    Bitcoin is a disruptive technology that has already begun to influence changes in online transaction technology, and will continue to do so as the demand for improved digital financial structures increases.

  8. R. Martin
    April 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I don't understand the stock market, much less how bitcoin works! Not interested in the slightest. For all I know it's the worlds' largest scam.

    • James B
      April 8, 2014 at 8:29 am

      I'd argue that most real-world investment banks are the worlds biggest scam.

  9. Max and Brenda
    April 7, 2014 at 6:58 am

    Totally love Bitcoin! We have been living on Bitcoin since 2010 and never looked back.

  10. Von Adam Martinez
    April 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    There is a big risk for this and I would not sacrifice my money for this.

  11. chris j
    April 6, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    well I have read all the comments. What I want to say is, when paper money was introduced instead of the gold coins or copper coins (based on the value of metal), There was a lot of objections but eventually paper money or coins wilth legal value dominated the market. Bit coin(e-money) Is the future, many will criticise it but I feel that this will be the next factor which will control world economy.

  12. imaginarymoney
    April 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Nope. Useless as monopoly money.

    imaginarymoney

    • AnnaK
      April 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

      @imaginarymoney: Nope. Monopoly money cannot be send from one continent to another within minutes.

  13. William B
    April 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Color me stupid, but I don't understand it. What's it tied to and who decided the tie? I don't see how you can make up a currency that doesn't seem to be tangible. Then again, as I started off originally, color me stupid.

    • James B
      April 8, 2014 at 8:32 am

      What's the dollar tied to? It certainly isn't gold. The dollar is only worth anything because we believe them to be: we use them, we get paid in them, so we believe them to value. Same with BitCoins. People want them, people can buy things with them (yep, real world things, and not just drugs/hitmen!), so they believe it to have a value.

  14. likefunbutnot
    April 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I'm sure it's fantastic if you want to buy kiddie porn, machine guns or heroin, but as a currency it is not backed by the full faith and credit of any actual representation of wealth and it has about as much real purchasing power as the coupon for a free Sundae at McDonalds has at a Dairy Queen.

    • James B
      April 8, 2014 at 8:34 am

      List of place that accept Bitcoins -> https://spendbitcoins.com

    • AnnaK
      April 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

      @likefunbutnot: Your comparison to the McDonalds/Dairy Queen coupon is exactly what Bitcoin is NOT: While yes, the merchant has to accept my payment method (just like accepting credit cards, traveller cheques, paypal or coupons), but with cryptocurrencies I can buy goods or services anywhere around the world. Try paying for your beer in the US with polish zloty.

  15. William A
    April 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    As per my understanding, bitcoins are independent of any webserver. They're actually stored on your computer, although I don't entirely understand the nuances of how that works.

    • James B
      April 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

      This confused me at first too, but here's how it works: they're not actually "stored" anywhere. BitCoin is a public ledger - not an actual, electronic bit of code which you "own" and pass around. It's just a long list of who owes who how much, and the computers "mining" BitCoin are the ones keeping that ledger secure. When you run a BitCoin wallet, you download the entire public ledger of all transactions, ever - a few gigabytes of it, in fact.

  16. Tech S
    April 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love this cryptocurrency. I have known about Bitcoin from January, 2011 when it was around 5$.. I have seen it rise to 900$ and seen it fall from 300$ to 50$ too. Still its an interesting subject both for consumer and a programmer too. One can actually learn a lot from the coding and try out many things around it. I have spent it often. I started with taking "free coins", never invested and collected around 1000$ when I spent it in Bitcoinstore.com. I have used it to buy hosting and my favorite domains from Namecheap. Interesting it is, and the phase its going on at present, its future seems to be interesting enough to keep my belief in this currency. The rulings being done by various governments still doesn't matter unless its implemented on large scale.
    Nothing more but I love this concept and I am willing to invest in this currency but I dont earn at present. I am still 18 ! and from India.!

  17. Paul Harris
    April 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Much too volatile and risky to get involved with. Remember the dot.com crash.
    I will stick with the conventional currencies and investments.

    • Jeff
      April 6, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Try paying your property tax or any other tax using the bit coin. The dollar will remain the world currency till hell freezes over or till China finishes buying the Gold they need to value their waun over and then we all suffer from inflation big time... just sayin

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