Official Statement On Rebranding To Dash

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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!
 

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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!
Seriously, Tao, can I have some of what you're taking? I need it desperately! Thanks :)
 

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We're in the process of trademarking Darkcoin, Darksend, InstantX and Masternode
Glad this very important point has not been overlooked. While I party from the Darkcoin name with a heavy heart, I congratulate eduffield for taking a lead and making this decision as a real leader should. I am also grateful for Evan's articulate explanation and for all the members contributing to this heated debate.

I'd also like all of us to ponder Evan's words -- "I know mistakes have been done, this has been a very difficult time for me." -- and appreciate how great and humble man he is. He has created a breakthrough technology, adding one mind-blowing feature after another to it and still has time and humility to deal with all of us, our emotions, reactions, misunderstandings, hurts and what not, while never complaining about his own feelings.

He stands behind this project with his full name, he puts his money where his mouth is and pours his heart and endless hours into the project that benefits all of us. We should all be deeply grateful to have been given the chance to find our place in the dark ;) and be a part of something big. I know I am. Grateful to Evan, that is.
 

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Darkcoin’s vision has always been to create a trust-less, decentralized , private and fast payment platform for the benefit of the majority. This is our ethos and our most important goal, recently it became apparent that our branding was getting in the way of reaching the people we were trying to help, that is when I knew that in order to accomplish our vision we would need to change our name. Our ideals remain intact and we will continue to pursue them under any branding we have, now and in the future.

Months ago the community organically came up with the name “Dash” as a possible rebranding idea of Darkcoin, I took notice of this and the good deal of support it had in the forums. This lead to us researching the Dash brand for a few months. In the process of doing some investigation, we found that there was another company in the financial space that was filing a trademark. This resulted in me buying another coin “Dashcoin” and challenging their trademark application.

There is some misunderstanding in the community about why there was a quick move to announce this without a previous debate on the forums, as I originally intended. It was simply the result of a mistake on github, where I posted a comment to the Darkcoin github account with the Dashcoin github account login. I felt it was best to show the community where I was with the research, rather than let rampant speculation move through the community about why we were in control of the Dashcoin project. Acquiring Dashcoin is no different than getting a previously existing domain name, the acquired project itself will not continue only the DRK project will move forward under a new name. I had to make some really quick decisions and I apologize for the confusion that resulted from my mistakes.

That’s all in the past now and after careful consideration, reading all the posts from everyone for the last few days and weighing every argument, I believe it is best if we make it official that we’re going with DASH. At this point our priority is to have closure so we can move on, the uncertainty hurts the community and markets, more than any renaming options and prevents us from moving forward with development.

Communication has been an issue for us, as Darkcoin has quickly grown over the last 14 months. We have grown so fast that I couldn’t keep everyone in the loop at all times. We’re addressing this by moving all development coordination to Slack, which has already had a great positive impact on the project. Part of managing something that grows this quickly is addressing weak areas that can be improved, we believe moving to a platform that the whole development team can openly communicate on is key to that goal.

I do appreciate the support of the community on this and I apologize if there was poor communication on my part, this has been an extremely difficult subject to navigate and I have tried to do my best. I know mistakes have been done, this has been a very difficult time for me. But we have new tools in place, to prevent any future communication mistakes like this.

DASH is just a name we still need to build our vision onto it and we need everyone’s support to push the project forward.

Over the next weeks we will be planning the name change and Logo Design work with the participation of the whole community, details regarding this will be revealed soon.
Seeing that we finally plan to address the communication make's me really excited. I have resisted getting involved in the pages of useless discussion. I was too busy shifting through looking for more tidbits on the solving the transaction scalability problems. Not to mention getting back to testing 0.11.2.x and masternode blinding. Instead pages and pages of names. Silly names.

It has been clear to me from the start that the people who resisted the change weren't thinking long term enough. They weren't thinking into the future where the proof of concept masternode network with two amazing services like ds+ and ix has grown into a full scale network utility offering 10's or 100's of services all providing long term stability and benefits to the entire eco system. An eco system that even in it's proof of concept state of 0.11.1.25 at today's prices can provide nearly instant transactions of almost $3000 in fiat. I'm not sure how many cases of wine that is that we could buy instantly I don't maths' well. Our amazing dev's have brought us here and they are truly our greatest asset. We need to always remember that the sweat equity that they bring to the project holds just as much value as the VC's signing cheques. I'm not going all crazy and saying don't make sweet video's and pay the dev team. I'm just saying remember they are invested too.

For me to solve the name issue I only have to only think about a two recent experiences I had with some Suits. In on experience I opened with, "Hey have you heard about Digital Cash?". In the other I opened with, "Hey have you heard about Darkcoin?". Neither of these people had ever heard of any crpyto let alone bitcoin. First conversation lasted about 15 minutes. Second never got started. If we are ever going to scale we have to be able to be talked about. Period.

I'm really excited that people can finally hear from Evan that he is truly sorry for any mistakes made and he is willing to grow and learn along with us all. This community has pushed the envelope of open source dev and it has been truly fun to be a part of. I just wish we could get back to the technology part of things. We are a technology and solution driven community with members that should be able to grow through learning and part of learning is making mistakes. Without mistakes we wouldn't have DGW, we wouldn't have the spork, and we surely wouldn't have ds+, ix, or masternode blinding.

What dash n't kill you only makes you stronger.

Keep Calm. Dash On.
 

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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!
Besides Dasboard (see https://darkcointalk.org/posts/45405/) I don't like the others, they sound like Dogecoin-speak :)

I think more appropriate (and easier to understand for the end-user) would be:

Darksend Mixing -> Anonymize Funds
Darksend Balance -> Anonymized Funds
 

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Besides Dasboard (see https://darkcointalk.org/posts/45405/) I don't like the others, they sound like Dogecoin-speak :)

I think more appropriate (and easier to understand for the end-user) would be:

Darksend Mixing -> Anonymize Funds
Darksend Balance -> Anonymized Funds
I would agree. We don't want this to be gimmicky. DA for -Dash Anonymized?

We need to keep things clean and non kitschy.
 

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I would agree. We don't want this to be gimmicky. DA for -Dash Anonymized?

We need to keep things clean and non kitschy.
I was thinking even easier.

You can take your Digital Cash (Dash) and Mix (Darksend) it with others just like normal cash. You can also send it to others in an Instant (Instantx).

Maybe Mix and Instant are too simple, almost self explanatory though.

Edit: God damn it now you have me talking about names. Enough about names. You will all get your chance to name something.
 

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Hey there MB (...) But I love your new icon. :cool:
I really like the logo as well! It fits right in with the logo of Visa and other similar brands; Simple, catches the eye, angled to make it appear moving and not too much going on so it looks good scaled down. I honestly think this logo is perfect! :)

Credits to Salkenex over at https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=421615.msg10749584#msg10749584 for the logo though!

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This is a bit off-topic from the discussions here, but I feel this is where people are reading at the moment:

The current privacy implementation is good for making it impossible to see who sent money, BUT you can still see how much is being sent to a specific address! This might be problematic and I had an idea which might solve it. My idea is very simple and involves stealth addresses which we would need to implement, but that is not so hard. Now imagine you send anonymized funds to a stealth address and that the denominations of your transaction are actually broken up to be sent to different addresses derived from the stealth address. The receiver could then simply mix the denominations in the different addresses a few times if they want as well. This would mean in addition to not seeing who sent coins to an address, you wouldn't actually be able to see what amount any receiver receives at all! This together with blinding and ip obfuscation makes me feel like an excited kid! :D
 
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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!
I don't even know what to say, lol, you're awesome :D
 

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What about the legal stuff? Could we obtain the trademark for dash? I hope so - without that this statement would be a bit premature.
 

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And to the people that want to keep the old logo.. Please look at it for a while and you will realize it isn't really that great..
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What about the legal stuff? Could we obtain the trademark for dash? I hope so - without that this statement would be a bit premature.
Yeah, I'm hoping that's the case. I get the excitement about the rebrand but ducks in order are crucial to prevent further headache down the road. Would have been nice to see the actual filing number confirmed or clarification that this isn't a lingering overhang. I would hope that because of the announcement, this is the case.
 

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Yeah, I'm hoping that's the case. I get the excitement about the rebrand but ducks in order are crucial to prevent further headache down the road. Would have been nice to see the actual filing number confirmed or clarification that this isn't a lingering overhang. I would hope that because of the announcement, this is the case.
I couldn't agree more. I read the first post in this thread, linked from bitcointalk and the very next post on BCT was "cool we are dash now" and the following "DASH it is!". I had to read eduffield's post again, but the statement "This resulted in me buying another coin “Dashcoin” and challenging their trademark application" does not tell me anything about the success of the trademark application challenge.
 

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I couldn't agree more. I read the first post in this thread, linked from bitcointalk and the very next post on BCT was "cool we are dash now" and the following "DASH it is!". I had to read eduffield's post again, but the statement "This resulted in me buying another coin “Dashcoin” and challenging their trademark application" does not tell me anything about the success of the trademark application challenge.
Yeah, I'm hoping that's the case. I get the excitement about the rebrand but ducks in order are crucial to prevent further headache down the road. Would have been nice to see the actual filing number confirmed or clarification that this isn't a lingering overhang. I would hope that because of the announcement, this is the case.
I guess because it is impossible to make it quick.
Lets look for example on a very strange unclaimed name http://www.trademarkia.com/monero-86339137.html
No business is using it, On July 16, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed - But still having problems - "OPPOSITION PENDING".
 
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I guess because it is impossible to make it quick.
Lets look for example on a very strange unclaimed name http://www.trademarkia.com/monero-86339137.html
No business is using it, On July 16, 2014, a U.S. federal trademark registration was filed - But still having problems - "OPPOSITION PENDING".
Its a known way big companies grab control of ideas, even Apple did it, wasn't the GUI invented by Xerox and then they got sued for their own idea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_troll

I hope Evan Duffield takes as long as he needs to get this important legal juncture in Darkcoin's evolution correct, there is no rush. its better to do correctly and clearly.
 

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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!

I think we run the risk of cheapening the name if we incorporate dash/dark into everything...less is sometimes more. Same goes with trying to fit an acronym around Dash.
 
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I'm still calling it InstAnon....lol.

But I hope this has the desired result. It's the functional aspects of the coin that attracted me, not the name. It will continue to be the functional aspects that attract me, not the name. Good fortune to us all.
 
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I couldn't agree more. I read the first post in this thread, linked from bitcointalk and the very next post on BCT was "cool we are dash now" and the following "DASH it is!". I had to read eduffield's post again, but the statement "This resulted in me buying another coin “Dashcoin” and challenging their trademark application" does not tell me anything about the success of the trademark application challenge.
I asked a lawyer and he said to me that a trademark challenge can take just hours or years to resolve, and "the shorter ones happen when the parties reach some settlement agreement and the complaint is withdrawn, usually accompanied by a payment or something". But if this isn't resolved, Evan is taking a big risk, and so are we.
 

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I presented some ideas to Evan about the DASH wallet, let me know what you guys think:

Overview Screen ===> DASHboard

Darksend Mixing ===> DASH! (The simple term DASH! would be to create Digital Cash)

Darksend Balance ===> DASH STASH

Darksend ===> Eliminated. Give users two options: Send from Normal Funds or DASH STASH...

Cheers,

Tao

P.S. Looking forward to the next chapter in our journey together. We really have a great community!
Tao, don't try to make it look grotesque. You have a strange habit. (it's not an offence)
Overview, mix, instant.
If someone want to know what's behind 'mix', then he can read wiki.
 
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Thanks all for your input.
Besides Dasboard (see https://darkcointalk.org/posts/45405/) I don't like the others, they sound like Dogecoin-speak :)

I think more appropriate (and easier to understand for the end-user) would be:

Darksend Mixing -> Anonymize Funds
Darksend Balance -> Anonymized Funds
Yeah, I agree about the Dogecoin thing, but don't forget we are trying to get away from the "anonymous" angle and highlighting privacy.

I would agree. We don't want this to be gimmicky. DA for -Dash Anonymized?

We need to keep things clean and non kitschy.
Agreed.

I don't even know what to say, lol, you're awesome :D
Thank you for your kind words!

Tao, don't try to make it look grotesque. You have a strange habit. (it's not an offence)
Overview, mix, instant.
If someone want to know what's behind 'mix', then he can read wiki.
Cool.
 
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You guys (that includes you too tante ;-) are awesome. The breadth of creativity, the fierce defense of individual viewpoints combined with genuine respect for each other, set this community apart as much as Evan and the Dev's technical innovation. I particularly appreciate the interplay between Evan and the community. His willingness to bend and adapt (seems I remember his opposition to rebranding) and the community's respect for his wisdom, are together creating a movement that will change the world for the better.

FWIW--Movements don't need to concern themselves with things like trademarks. Corporations do. No one but the market can stop me from releasing a new open-source operating system and calling it Linux. If the name sticks in the market, no court can stop it. They can stop me from forming a Corp. with the name, or sticking it on a product I sell, or a URL. Registration seeks protection for monopolies, from the State--and creates obligations to the States granting those protections. Be careful...
 
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And to the people that want to keep the old logo.. Please look at it for a while and you will realize it isn't really that great..
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I don't think there is anything wrong with the D logo, but aside from that, it's well recognized. Keeping something that visual the same would be immensely helpful, IMO, for this transition. I really don't think we should go there at all. In fact, the reason we tried so hard to find a name that starts with D is so we could keep the logo. Anyway, it's another can of worms if nothing else. lets leave that for another time in the future if need be :)
 
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FWIW--Movements don't need to concern themselves with things like trademarks. Corporations do. No one but the market can stop me from releasing a new open-source operating system and calling it Linux. If the name sticks in the market, no court can stop it. They can stop me from forming a Corp. with the name, or sticking it on a product I sell, or a URL. Registration seeks protection for monopolies, from the State--and creates obligations to the States granting those protections. Be careful...
Yah, I agree we all try to be productive for the most part ;P

Anyway, is that true? I mean do you know about such things? Is it a movement when an individual is kind of in charge like Evan is? Just curious, it's so much red tape and confusing!
 
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There was no poll, but it is pretty obvious if you read this forum and the BCT thread that the community was rallying around DASH. Hell, without any prompt from Evan the BCT thread has basically been an informal DASH logo design competition for the past couple days now. ;)
 

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Tante, I was just trying to catch up on DCT, and saw your post on democracy/republic. I don't have time to give you a full answer now, but you are tapping into a wellspring that can take you many interesting places. Few seem to understand the difference between Common and Statutory Law. In the same way that democracy leads to oppression, SL leads to slavery for the masses. People have been kowtowed into believing they must ask permission from States for almost everything. They want laws which protect them from their own poor judgment. Under Common Law, if you obey all the rules, you can still be judged by a jury of your peers for running over your neighbor as he crossed the road. Under Statutory Law, you have a "license" to kill if you are obeying the law and he is jaywalking--even if you could have avoided it. It boils down to a question of where rights are derived from. The US Declaration of Ind. expressed one view, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, another. In either case "Law" must be violated to be punished.

A crude quick example: The US Constitution guarantees you right to posses and travel with your property, yet every State declares that "driving" is a privilege, not a right. How did this come about?

More later, when I have time...
 

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Yah, I agree we all try to be productive for the most part ;P

Anyway, is that true? I mean do you know about such things? Is it a movement when an individual is kind of in charge like Evan is? Just curious, it's so much red tape and confusing!
Tante, I'm sorry--my post above was in response to this question, which I forgot to reference.:oops:
Oh, and yes--I do know about such things, having gone through the fire, and survived because I had NOT sought registration and trademarks.