New address for OpenBazaar project funds

Update, January 17, 2017: Due to one of the 2-of-3 keyholders losing access to their keys, we’ve transferred the project funds to a new account to ensure all three keyholders have access again. The new fund is still a 2-of-3 multisig and the rest of this post accurately describes the management of the project funds. The QR code and donation address below have both been updated to the most recent address.

Back in November 2014 we created a 2-of-4 multisig account for our OpenBazaar project fund, where we could receive donations. We explained our reasoning for using multisig and being transparent with our project funds. That multisig account has four keyholders: Brian Hoffman, Sam Patterson, Washington Sanchez, and Dionysis Zindros.

Dionysis has been instrumental in OpenBazaar’s creation and a strong supporter of the project, but hasn’t played an active role on the project recently. Also, the original setup of the multisig requires us to manually craft new transactions for each expenditure. In order for the project funds to be kept with active participants in the project, and for us to be able to pay out of the account more easily (important as the project grows), we are shifting the project funds to a new 2-of-3 multisig.

The new multisig address (updated on January 17, 2017) is 3QxbMjed45NLXnkUg9yYHRgbKCeLyZa4La, and here is the QR code:

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We’re publicly tracking project fund expenditures. We haven’t used the fund often in recent times, but we expect now that OpenBazaar is launched it will happen more frequently, especially since merchandise sales began. We’re committed to transparency and will ensure that payments made out of the project fund will have the details noted.

All sales of merchandise on the @OpenBazaar store will go directly into this fund, and reimbursements for shipping costs and purchasing the merchandise from vendors will then be made. We’ll try as much as possible to use vendors that accept Bitcoin.

The same is true for bug bounties, maintaining server infrastructure, conference costs, and other expenses. They will all come out of this fund, with the preference of paying Bitcoin directly but using reimbursement if necessary.

If you have questions about the project fund please join our Slack and contact us there.

 

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New features in OpenBazaar 1.1.5 release

OpenBazaar version 1.1.5 has just been released (download here). You can read the full changelog at the bottom of this post.

This release includes several new features, including email notifications, multiple server management, CSV export for order management, and improved display of listing information.

Email notifications

Users can now enter the details of an SMTP server in Settings > Advanced, and the server will connect to it to send email notifications about their OpenBazaar store.

This feature is still early in development; users will need to have knowledge of their SMTP server to get this working, and the emails received are very simple. We will be making email notification easier to use in future releases, and the email notifications themselves will be more robust (we welcome help on improving this feature).

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Example email when an OB store receives an order
Example email when an OB store receives an order

 

Server management

Previous releases made it difficult to use a single client to switch between multiple servers. The new release greatly simplifies this process by saving server information and allowing switching within the same client. This video shows this new feature being used.

 

CSV export

Stores with a large number of products or orders need the ability to take data from their store and use it outside the client. We’ve added the ability to export this data into a CSV file. When viewing your transactions, click the Export CSV button to see the options.

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Listing information

Listings now have more information about them available when viewing them in the Discover section.

New listings created will now have a tag in the top right corner which shows the type of listing they are: Physical, Digital, or a Service.

Listings with the Physical item tag
Listings with the Physical item tag

Users will also know now if the vendor isn’t able to ship the item to their location with a new tag in the bottom right of the image.

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Changelog

 The following significant changes have been made in this release:
  • you can now save and edit server configurations, and quickly switch your client between different servers.
  • the navigation menu has shortcuts for switching between saved server configurations.
  • you can now set a SMTP server in settings/advanced to send email messages when various events occur.
  • if a listing can’t be shipped to you, it is marked with an icon in the Discover and Store views.
  • listings are marked whether they are a physical, digital, or service listing. This only applies to listings made since the server was updated with the code to show this data.
  • basic information about your transactions can be exported to CSV from the transactions page
  • follower data on your store page is now lazy loaded, which should dramatically improve performance for stores with many followers.
  • chats with unread messages are positioned at the top of your chat list
  • the local node is only started if the client is currently set to connect to it
  • the shortcuts were changed to avoid colliding with common system shortcut keys. The reload the app shortcut is now ‘f’, and refresh the current view is ‘r’.
  • you can add and remove a user as a moderator for your store from their user page.
  • Bitcoin prices are now formatted according to the language of the user.
  • a bug in the link for a listing in the transaction modal was fixed.
  • you can no longer attempt to purchase your own listings (the final step in the purchase flow is not clickable)


​Special thanks to our contributors for code submissions to this release:

– Dekker3D
– dsmurrell
– mariodian

And special thanks to everyone that contributed to translations on Transifex (https://www.transifex.com/ob1/openbazaar).

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