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Is it permissible to express our concerns about a scam that may have affected others on this site? Of course, it’s not Foss, but it may be a con aaginst some in the foss community that would really need to know about it. perpetrated by individuals very familur with linux and decentralized internet. I’ll send it to you first to check if it works. However, it’s likely that people are unaware that their machines have been infected.

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Please send me a message first.


I sent it to your email. And thank you for the chance to express it

I don’t see any emails from you. Please send a DM.


sendit here ok Ok i Was in Utopia for about two weeks. I went there to check out the mining crp they are doing and see how the decentralized web is working. When i asked questions i was insulted for asking about the groups and why a naked child was so clearly on the front of the channels and a few of them, as a parent it confused me when they said that they protect everyones rights, I did ask what about the child that us being shown raped infront of the world? What about his rights ?> So I was attacked, I shut up but then ask i sat up to mine using their bots i started roaming around and notice a list of ip address on the platform with the stars that looked more like trades then mining but ownell no worries other then they say it is 100% private Yet there is everyones and i means everyone real ip address right there, I use kaspersky and many other security things on my system. But my actual i[p address was there also, meaning it not private so i get suspicious and thought great the cia created a trick and im tossing them out im done leaving then i opened up the bot i was using to see the code and notice it had a really familiar name on it Freebsd. I went and found that they are mining the crp that freebsd created not them like they say, I also then notice the same decentralized webs and platform desktop s, So i decided well heck with this well i’m on stellar i invest in a lot of icos i love them and i notice that one of the companies i stay away from that scam new people had crp they just created yet the same exact ticker the logo and the information all the same so i used my lobstr wallet and send a memo to that person telling them i wanted to buy crp from stellar could he sell me 10 k worth, he said sire gave ne his magic stellar address then when i ask how to pay for them and where to get them he sent me a link directly to the utopia crp exchange. I ask why would i buy tokens you just made in stellar from them i want the ones made on stellar he told me to fo to them they will sell it to me. So I went and asked them why this was happening and they blocked me and insulted me , so I decided to leave and uninstall them from my system. That was a week ago and they installed something that won’t come up. They still have access to my system and I can’t remove the file. After all this I notice they have several of the same tokens made o n stellar and they just disappear. Something is wrong i think that they are cheating exchanges i wonder if there is a way to test the tokens to see if they come from that block chain attached is soine if the proof i have

Thank you Aman i often mispell not my strong suit at all

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i guess this is already here: FAQ - It's FOSS Community then why duplicates?

That’s a nice summary.
Not sure if a lot of people have actually read the Terms or Service referred to in this document. But it might be a good idea to reread it. There are still some boilerplate elements in there (e.g. replace all “company_short_name” with “It’s FOSS”.
Other than that, it seems like they make a lot of sense - all the normal stuff that needs to be in there.

It’s a boiler plat element that comes from the Discourse install (open source software used for building this forum).

Most of these guidelines are obvious but needs to be stated.

I should modify it a little to remove the placeholders but as you can see in the discussion here, I have been super lazy about it

LOL… Yeah, I guess that isn’t a priority. Glad you have such a nice community in here :slight_smile: