In the case of a dispute between buyer and seller, an arbitration service is available. We encourage sellers to choose an arbiter, as it increases the trust level for buyers and also the probability that purchases will be made. If both parties dispute a transaction, the seller will pay the arbiter out of the escrowed funds. For buyers, arbitration is always free of charge.
To make The Block as inviting as possible to all users, BitBoost will maintain an optional filter that will be turned on by default. It will filter out items that are illegal everywhere, as well as sellers with extremely poor reputations. Ultimately, the choice of what you see should be made by you, so we have left plenty of room for customization.
BitBoost has included 2 themes already, light and dark, to help users see in different environments. We are also building support for customization, which means you will be able to use our source code to create themes of your own to use with The Block. Time to get creative!
Users will always have access to a remote copy of The Block, maintained by BitBoost, which provides a level of privacy that will meet the needs of almost all users. But, by the time The Block moves to the Ethereum live blockchain, you will have the option of using your own copy of the Ethereum blockchain for even greater privacy. Choose the arrangement that works best for you.
When you first log into The Block, you are asked to create an account and a wallet. This process generates an Ethereum address for you, which is also your identity on The Block. If you do not wish to be known to other users by your Ethereum address, you will have the ability to choose an alias. What will your alias be?
During our beta testing period, we already have 20 languages available for The Block. We plan to add as many as we can over the lifetime of our app, so that our marketplace is as globally friendly as possible. If you'd like to contribute translation services for a language we don't yet have, get in touch with us. We'd love to hear from you!
We're very excited to be building mobile versions of The Block for iOS and Android. This is a feature that is at the top of our planned features list, because mobile devices are so important to our users. You should have the freedom to choose when and where you use The Block. (We're looking forward to it too!)
Every seller and buyer will have a reputation rating derived from their conduct during every transaction. Users with a low or negative reputation score may be filtered out, in order to protect other users from fraud and wasted time. This reputation system will encourage legitimate merchants and customers to act honestly and to build up a solid reputation. Arbiters will also be rated.
The Tor Project has been a boon to millions of people, and for some of our users, Tor is the only way they can use the internet in safety and privacy. We will support the Tor protocol within The Block, so that everyone can peacefully trade in private.
Ether, like all cryptocurrencies, is volatile, changing in value on a daily basis, relative to national currencies like the dollar and the euro. To improve your experience with The Block, BitBoost is developing an integrated payment system that works like ether, but converts to currencies (like the dollar and euro) at a ratio of 1:1. Finally, items can be priced in a national currency, and you will know exactly how much you're spending or being paid.
You may wish to maintain different wallets and aliases for different family members, or for yourself. Multiple wallet support will let you do this, so you can keep some of your money and transactions segregated from others.
We understand that our users have different needs and desires, based on where they live, their personality, their religion, and many other factors. We invite the community to create a wide array of filters that will satisfy the needs of everyone. You will have the chance to get creative; build filters that will benefit the global community, or maybe just build one for yourself!