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Silk Road Answered

What are your thoughts on it? And its closing?
Ever take a visit when it was up, use it; do you think the courts of New York had any jurisdiction or right to take action?
Love to hear opinions.
I personally thought it was a good thing, and I visited now and then. Never bought anything though.

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I never heard of it until its closure hit the news.

A quick google, and I'm quite happy it's gone.

Don't believe everything you read about it though...they did not offer weapons or killings for hire. It was in their terms of use.

According to what I have read in the newsfeeds, they did not offer anything themselves, but did allow others to offer items, substances and services without the restrictions that normally apply in civilised societies.

"As of March 2013, the site had 10,000 products for sale by vendors. 70% were drugs that are considered contraband in most jurisdictions. 340 varieties of drugs were being sold, including heroin, LSD, and cannabis.

The site's terms of service had said that they prohibited the sale of "anything who's purpose is to harm or defraud." This included child pornography, stolen credit cards, assassinations and weapons of mass destruction.

There were also legal goods and services for sale, such as art, apparel, books, cigarettes, jewelry, erotica, and writing services. A sister site called 'The Armory' sold weapons (primarily guns) during 2012, but was shut down due to a lack of demand."
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silk_Road_%28marketplace%29, Under the 'Products' article.
What my point was.

Uhh...what? I'm genuinely confused now.
Yes, they did offer many illegal things without many rules; but the one rule they did have (for everyone) was no selling "anything who's purpose is to harm or defraud."
I'm not trying to be rude or anything here; I just think it's just a little miscommunication. But that was the only point I was trying to make.

hey were featured on drugs inc a while back. a woman had a drug collection that would have made the Great Raoul Duke proud, and would have landed her behind bars for 1,000 years, all of what she had purchased off that site.
The whole drug industry is a sick sick business. You got people getting kidnapped, hollowed out, turned into "suitcases to smuggle drugs, people getting chopped up and flushed down toilets. Entire families murdered over bad debt. And all that happens before the drugs even make it in the U.S.

The 'whole drug industry' had a safe haven of peace and safety until SR was taken down. The anonymous decentralized nature of the Web/TOR/Bitcoin combo, afforded the Internet a community where intelligent drug usage information could be disseminated and quality/purity monitored. No longer did you have to drive to the seedy side of town and deal with the dog eat dog mobster minions. Taking down SR, was about as smart as only teaching abstinence for Sex Ed. LOL

Those criminal activities you mention are a product of prohibition and the war on drugs which creates a black market and incentivizes crime and violence, not to mention the billions of dollars it costs. TWOD is a hopeless failure.

I'm not sure what your argument even is, Caitlinsdad. It was illegal. But they had a few rules. Did you ever visit the site?

Never heard of the site before. But my opinion "Let them bite the big one." Reading the other comments I think what you were trying to get across is "Of the site's 10,000 products for sale by vendors. 70% were drugs that are considered contraband in most jurisdictions. 340 varieties of drugs were being sold, including heroin, LSD, and cannabis. They do no harm or defraud." I'll grant you whatever people do to themselves is their own right but if you happen to cross paths and enter my domain, woe be the fool who is toked up on drugs.

I thought you were arguing that they were somehow innocent, as opposed to complicit.

That must be the one quarter full or three quarters empty point of view.

I'm a little annoyed that they compromised the illusory security of Tor, but I do not mourn the loss of a black market website.

Oh, and TOR security was not compromised. Stupid human error, always the key factor/weak link in any security system.

Semantics. You're right that stupid human error was the cause of the breach, but stupid humans are pretty much the only sentient beings using Tor. That's what I meant by "illusory security" of the service.

Not trying to get into an onion-flavored flame war. Just obliquely stating what you've directly declared.

Ah. Just wanted to clarify because unless it was explained, it looked like you was that TOR was not secure. Now we all know what you meant :)

"onion-flavored flame war" LOL...nice one.

"illusory security of Tor" huh? Care to explain that seemingly ignorant statement.

None. They must have taken it down with just cause.