Tuesday, April 16, 2013

International message and email delivery updates

Hi! My name is Andrei and I have had the pleasure to join the LocalBitcoins.com team recently as a software developer.  Now I have happy news for all of you.

We have fixed some outstanding issues related to handling email and communications between exchange transaction participants in LocalBitcoins.com system. Now email delivery is more reliable, international characters are less likely to get skewed in the process. We also enhanced anonymization of email exchange, so that all email addresses in message bodies are automatically hidden when you reply to exchange messages, so that you cannot leak out your email address accidentally. The privacy of our users is utmost important for us.

If you have any idea how we can make the service better for you please don't hesitate to contact us at support@localbitcoins.com.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Feedback system overhaul

We have learned that creating a functioning marketplace is a very difficult problem. Now we have tried to improve the marketplace by creating an overhaul to the feedback system.

In the new system, feedback is always enabled when an request is finished in a way or another. However, localbitcoins.com system tries to determine "confirmed" status for feedbacks with an algorithm. A confirmed status means that we have strong confidence that the feedback is legit.

Also users can block other users with the feedback mechanism. This helps stopping escrow spammers or buyers, who try to hedge bitcoin price using the system.

Our next goal is trying to limit the advertisement spam in the system. Also fine-tuning the processes more fluid.