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The Crypto Winds Are Blowing

Hey everyone, the cryptocurrency market as a whole has been taking some topsy-turvy turns, and I just wanted to give a quick update on where our developmental heads are at and which way Quarry is moving.

So far, we’ve been largely unaffected by the downturn in blockchain. For the last few months, since the beginning of November, we’ve been running an experiment. Essentially, we wanted to test how much we could drive the Quarry community by incentivizing growth through in-app activity and redeeming ROX for ETH. While we can’t argue with the results, that this type of promotion definitely increases installs and drives the community forward, we’ve found that negatives far outweigh the positives and that the direction this drives towards is not one in which we would like to go.

For these reasons — and a few others — we will be discontinuing the withdraw and ROX for ETH functionality in the Quarry app, effective immediately. We will honor currently pending withdraws (those dated before January 15th).

In future updates, we will be pivoting in a new direction, one that is more centered around building an intrinsically motivated community focused on blockchain technology and cryptocurrency news.

As a little teaser and to clue you all in on what that direction will be, our biggest goal is the development and completion of ROX as a trad-able token. The symbol may change, since the ROX symbol is already taken, but the rest will remain mostly the same.

Stay tuned, and here’s to 2019 being the year of the Quarrior!

Status for Android

INTRODUCING

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Quotes & status texts are available in English.

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Scam or not: BTC GAIN

Thanks for tuning in for another segment of Scam or Not — and this time, user Jayesh Jaiswal has asked me to check out an “investment” opportunity from a company called BTC GAIN.

Let me just start off by saying this website is SCAM AF!

How do I know? Thank you so much for asking!

REAL OR FAKE: BTC GAIN

As always, first glance of the site appears to show everything in working order, but that vibrating ‘+REGISTRATION NOW’ button makes me uncomfortable. Could be nothing, but typically investment offerings steer clear of these kinds of conversion tactics to build good will.

Scrolling a little further and reading the text, it’s all very poorly written and none of the site content is definitively created by this company. Their main video is from a clearly different content creator and doesn’t talk about how any of this works, just about BTC in general. So, where’s the proof that this ‘investment’ company can generate returns? It gets better…/s

Their proof is a simple, static, embedded spreadsheet… ๐Ÿคฆ

Don’t even get me started on the image of Hong Kong certification and English / Russian translation at the top of the page (Russian doesn’t work btw).

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #1

FORCING REGISTRATION

Just like with my previous post — Scam or not: Free-Litecoin.com — I absolutely HATE having to create an account just to see what something is all about, and here we have this website doing exactly that. No actual proof, nothing on the main page, and links either go straight to home or to locations on the site that have no content (Investors / Partners). This is a bad sign.

โš ๏ธ Yellow flag #1

COOKIE CUTTER WEBSITE

This website feels like it was purchased as a template. A lot of the links go to seemingly legit pages, but the content feels like it was written for something else. There is very little customization, and the biggest clue is that the ‘Terms of Service’ has leftover text from possibly a previous version of the site.

I can’t give this a red flag, because I don’t believe anything is bad regarding templates. But it is certainly a warning sign for a company that claims 3 years of experience.

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #2

TERRIBLE ENGLISH

I’m not confident they’re even trying to have good English. The main site, before navigation, is okay — minor mistakes here and there — but once you actually try to understand what’s written, it gets pretty bad. Really drives home the feeling that the front-end section of the site was purchased, and not developed.

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #3

SEARCH INFORMATION SAYS SCAM

Can’t find a lot of information about this website, so not many people are talking about it… meaning not many people are making any money. There is NO legitimate payment proof out there, and this forum discusses their payout mechanism in small detail, but the best exit scams have significant payment proof.

This one appears to allow withdraw to a certain extent in order to entice you to deposit more.

TL;DR: 3๐Ÿ›‘ + 1โš ๏ธ — VERY LIKELY A SCAM

If you’ve already put some money into this, I highly recommend withdrawing whatever they will allow and get the hell out.

What do you guys think? Leave your comments below and tell me about any other ‘offers’ you would like for me to check out.

Scam or not: Free-Litecoin.com

Since the launch of Quarry, I’ve received a lot of questions from individual Quarriors about the validity of certain programs and giveaways, and I’ve done my best to determine the validity of each one. At times, it can be very difficult to determine whether an offer is real or not on the internet, and when pressured to ACT NOW or that TIME IS LIMITED our fear of missing out can sometimes get the better of us.

So, this segment / post / topic is dedicated to the discussion of these so-called offers and whether or not they’re doing what they claim to be doing, ie: Paying out.

Real or Fake: Free-Litecoin.com

Well, at first glance the site seems okay, but any time someone is offering something ‘free’ — the question becomes: How? Unless it’s some sort of non-profit or government funded agency, revenue and operational costs always apply. So, how is this website benefiting?

The obvious answer here is through transaction fees, but my fear is that something more sinister lurks beneath the surface. Am I the product? Or… am I the prey?

PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #1

FORCING REGISTRATION

I absolutely HATE having to create an account just to see what something is all about, and here we have this website doing exactly that. No proof, no nothing on the main page, and all links go straight to home. This is a bad sign.

โš ๏ธ Yellow flag #1

RECOMMENDS SPECIFIC HOT WALLET

Hot wallets are breach-able, and knowing where your wallet is located is half the battle. There are a number of fishing techniques that can work out your login and password for hot wallets. The only reason I don’t consider this a red flag is that the website is suggesting a relatively well-known wallet.

I must mention though, it is my opinion they’ve chosen LiteVault for the speed in which setting up a new wallet is possible, and certainly not for the security.

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #2

TERRIBLE ENGLISH

I’m not confident they’re even trying to have good English. The main site, before login, is okay — minor mistakes here and there — but once you create an account and login it gets pretty bad. At this point in the discovery process I’m feeling like the front-end section of the site was purchased and then customized the member’s section.

โš ๏ธ Yellow flag #2

NO SEARCH INFORMATION

Can’t find a lot of information about this website, so not many people are talking about it… meaning not many people are making any money. There is some payment proof out there, and this forum discusses it in some small detail, but the best exit scams have significant payment proof.

๐Ÿ›‘ Red flag #3

NO READILY AVAILABLE PROOF

The biggest worry I have is the fact that this system is not decentralized. You’re forced to have faith in the system, and can’t checkout their code or contract until you’ve gone through all the work trying it out.

The cynic in me says that this website is designed to gather Litecoin addresses, emails, and potential logins via LiteVault & registration while simultaneously promoting a snowball effect to get more Litecoin via gambling into the system with a main goal of exit scamming.

It does payout, at least for now — and fees do apply.

TL;DR: 3๐Ÿ›‘ + 2โš ๏ธ — PROCEED WITH CAUTION

What do you guys think?

Connecting Steemit to Quarry

๐ŸŽบ CALLING ALL STEEMITEERS! ๐ŸŽบ

Another super-cool feature is finally ready in Quarry from Token Block Friends.

Cross-post from steemit: Available now!

That’s right, we’ve gone and done it. Using SteemConnect, we’ve created a way for steemit users to get a leg-up in Quarry and cross-post from their accounts! This allows for a number of perks, namely bypassing the 1000 ROX post requirement and allowing for easy cross-posting of steemit account content.

Here’s how you do it:

First, simply navigate over to the ‘Account’ tab, and tap on the 3rd button that’s labeled:

‘Get ROX for STEEM POWER’

From there, you’ll see a new screen detailing all the information related to this feature. Tap on ‘Continue’ which will open web view of the SteemConnect page. Here, you need to submit your steemit username and your posting key OR your private key. Heavily recommend using your posting key! Checkout a guide for quickly finding it, here.

What you get — the Perks:

  1. Unlock posting and receive 1000 ROX;
  2. Post directly from steemit into Quarry;
  3. Get ROX for your STEEM POWER (SP);
    • 100 SP or less: +1000 ROX for every 10 SP
    • 101 – 1000 SP: +1000 ROX for every 20 SP
    • 1001 SP or more: +1000 ROX for every 50 SP

THE FINE PRINT

Bound steemit accounts cannot be unbound or linked to any other Quarry account. All ROX generated will be LOCKED and cannot be traded nor exchange.

LOCKED ROX? What are those…

Some big changes are coming down the pipe for how quarriors can use their influence inside the app. Having more ROX when up-voting will determine a number of new outcomes when deciding which posts should receive the most out of the reward pool.

More on that later.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Bind your steemit account today!

If you’ve never created a steemit account, you can do so here.