Suggestions for improvements to the new Bitcointalk Thread

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A new Bitcointalk thread was created here as the old one was severely outdated. This was done with Factom Inc's blessing and after discussing the situation with @Ben Jeater who is chair of the Marketing Committee. This thread will be under decentralized control of myself and the Marketing Committee who will all have login ability as soon as I figure out the password I set :D

There is no doubt room for improvement! I know the table looks bad as that's a workaround to a situation I haven't figured out yet. But improvements are welcome all around. Thank you.
 
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Factomizing the current code in case we have a mishap :)

Code:
[center][size=28pt][b]Factom Protocol[/b][/size][/center]

[center][size=18pt][b]The Internet's Data Integrity Protocol[/b][/size][/center]

[center][size=18pt][b][url=https://www.factomprotocol.org/]Website[/url] | [url=https://discordapp.com/invite/VgNqE8W]Discord[/url] | [url=https://factomize.com/forums/]Forum[/url] | [url=https://github.com/FactomProject/FactomDocs/blob/master/Factom_Whitepaper_v1.2.pdf]White Paper[/url] | [url=https://github.com/FactomProject]Github[/url][/b][/size][/center]

[size=18pt][b]About[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]The Factom protocol is an open source data integrity protocol built by a coalition of technology companies that extends the security of blockchain to any type of data.  Development began in 2014 and the previous Bitcointalk thread [url=https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=850070.9360]can be found here[/url]. With the release of Milestone 3, the Factom Protocol became one of the most decentralized blockchain projects in existence.  As there was no longer any central authority to update the previous Bitcointalk thread, it became outdated.  Therefore, the [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/marketing-committee/]Factom Protocol Marketing Committee[/url] will be regularly updating this thread and shares this login.

As a pure data blockchain protocol, the use cases are limitless.  Recently, Equator, a leading provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country's top mortgage servicers, real estate agents and vendors [url=https://www.nasdaq.com/press-release/equator-launches-mortgage-servicing-blockchain-solution-20181113-00843]signed with Factom Inc[/url].  [url=https://vimeo.com/154918515]This video[/url] below showcases how the Factom Protocol can be utilized to revolutionize the mortgage industry.
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[size=18pt][b]Token and Tokenomics[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]While the Factom Protocol is a two token system, only the Factoid (FCT) is transferable and able to be traded on exchanges.  Entry Credits (EC) are obtained by burning FCT and are used to enter data into the Factom Protocol. Entry Credits are $.001 each and that price is fixed.  Therefore, if FCT is worth $1.00 and you burn it, you receive 1,000 EC.  If FCT is worth $10.00 each and you burn one, you receive 10,000 EC.  This brilliant two token system allows for:

1.  The value of FCT to increase the more the Factom Protocol is utilized.
2.  Companies and governments can effectively budget for entering data onto the Protocol based upon their estimated usage.
3.  Subscription systems can be setup with 3rd parties where companies and governments don't have to hold cryptocurrency if they don't want to or can't for compliance reasons.  FCT are still burned for EC by the 3rd party company but the subscriber is charged a small markup for the service.[/size]

[size=18pt][b]Major Exchanges[/b][/size]

[size=12pt][url=https://poloniex.com/exchange/#btc_fct]Poloniex[/url] | [url=https://bittrex.com/Market/Index?MarketName=BTC-FCT]Bittrex[/url][/size]

[size=18pt][b]Empowering Business and Government[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]By providing high throughput, low fixed cost, and secure data entry that easily integrates with your existing systems, the Factom protocol solves the data integrity needs of today. Using Blockchain technology, the Factom protocol enables efficient, immutable publication of data, benefiting people and companies by providing a source of indisputable truth and verification to all parties.  [url=https://www.factomprotocol.org/enterprise-solutions]Learn more[/url].[/size]

[size=18pt][b]Technologies[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]The Factom protocol enables developers to build powerful open source technologies and infrastructures using its efficient pure data structures. The Factom protocol’s unique two-token system lowers the barrier for enterprise companies to build applications that require cost stability and ease of integration with existing system

[b]Tokenization[/b]
The Factom Asset Token protocol (FAT protocol) is an open source tokenization protocol built on the Factom blockchain that is efficient, modular, composable, and extensible allowing developers to layer token functionality to meet their specific use case. The FAT protocol is built around a set of open source standards that establish a pure-data tokenization implementation directly within the efficient data structure of the Factom blockchain.  [url=https://factom-protocol.gitbook.io/documentation/technologies/tokenization]Learn more[/url].

[b]Voting Protocols[/b]
Flexible on-chain voting protocols integrate seamlessly into your applications with a variety of voting systems. Quickly and easily enable your applications with with the most cost effective fully audit-able, immutable, and censorship resistant blockchain voting protocol.  [url=https://factom-protocol.gitbook.io/documentation/technologies/voting-protocols]Learn more[/url].

[b]Smart Contracts[/b]
The Factom protocol enables a myriad of smart contract technologies. Build cheap and fully auditable stand alone smart contracts that keep all of your data private, or integrate into the FAT protocol to create self executing smart contracts.  

[b]Identity Solutions [/b]
The factom protocol is the optimal platform to build identity solutions, and provides a robust set of infrastructure for digital identities. With the factom protocol’s pure data implementation it’s easy to build decentralized identifiers, auditable attestations, and self sovereign identities.

Many more to come!  
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[size=18pt][b]Authority Node Operators[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]A coalition of 26 (eventually 65+) companies called Authority Node Operators (ANOs) provide the infrastructure to decentralize the Factom Protocol.  These companies also "further the protocol" in whatever way they pledged.  If they do not provide stable infrastructure or do not further the Protocol, they can be removed.  In return for their services, these companies split 73,000 FCT per month which provides a minor inflation for the protocol.  This inflation is reduced by usage of the Protocol as, in order to enter data into Protocol, you have to burn FCT for Entry Credits.  The following are the companies that make up the current Authority Set  [/size]

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[tr][td][size=12pt]Bedrock[/size][/td][td][size=12pt]Solutions[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]BIF[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Blockrock[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] Mining[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]BuildingIM[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Canonical[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] Ledgers[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Crypto[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] Vikings[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Cube3[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]DBGrow[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]De Facto[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Factom Inc.[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Factomatic[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Factomize[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Factoshi[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Federate[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] This[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Go[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] Immutable[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]HashnStore[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]LayerTech[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]LUCIAP[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Matter [/size][/td][td][size=12pt]of Fact[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Multicoin [/size][/td][td][size=12pt]Capital[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Prestige[/size][/td][td][size=12pt] IT[/size][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]RewardChain[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Stamp-IT[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]Syncroblock[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]TFA[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[tr][td][size=12pt]VBIF[/size][/td][td][/td][td]|[/td]
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[size=18pt][b]Committees and Working Groups[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]Due to the Factom Protocol being one of the most decentralized blockchain projects in existence with no central authority to make decisions, a series of committees and working groups were established to handle various tasks.  These committees are made up of people from Authority Node Operators and members of the community.  The current committees are:

- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/core-committee/]Core and Technical Committee[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/documentation-committee/]Documentation Committee[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/exchange-committee/]Exchange Committee[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/legal-committee/]Legal Committee[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/major-contributors/committee/marketing-committee/]Marketing Committee[/url]
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[size=18pt][b]Grants[/b][/size]

[size=12pt]Authority Node Operators select an "efficiency" by which they operate at.  Whatever efficiency they choose, of the 1,123 FCT they are to receive per server per month, that percentage of FCT is instead placed in the Factom Protocol Grant Pool.  Every few months a new grant round starts where people and companies can submit their grant proposals for ways to further the Factom Protocol.  The last grant saw more than 140,000 FCT awarded worth well over 1 million dollars.  The recently awarded grants were:

- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/bif-factomatic-001-decentralized-identifiers-dids.968/]Decentralized Identifiers[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/bif-001-factom-core-development.953/]Factom Core Development[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/dbgrow-factom-protocol-website.1053/]Factom Protocol Website[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/core-committee-001-bug-bounty-program.959/]Bug Bounty Program[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/bif-003-open-source-alfresco-integration-for-factom.955/]Open Source Alfresco Integration[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/bedrock-cryptovikings-defacto-tfa-factom-courtesy-node-system.1042/]Factom Protocol Courtesy Node[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/tfa-bedrock-ledger-nano-s-factom-identity-amended-to-fit-inside-grant-pool.1143/]Ledger Nano S Factom Identity[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/factom-inc-006-protocol-development.1044/]Core Development[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/factom-asset-token-protocol.1054/]Factom Asset Token Protocol[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/marketing-committee-grant-proposal.1026/]Marketing Committee[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/exchange-committee-001-exchange-listing-fee.1039/]Exchange Listing Fees[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/factom-inc-005-anchor-master.1043/]Anchor Master[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/factom-inc-004-oracle-master.1040/]Oracle Master[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/exchange-committee-002-g-suite-service.999/]G Suite Service[/url]
- [url=https://factomize.com/forums/threads/guides-002-guide-compensation.961/]Guide Compensation[/url]

If you have an idea as to how you can further the Factom Protocol, be sure to keep an eye out for the next grant round.

These are exciting times for the Factom Protocol.  We hope you'll take a deep dive and learn more about what we have to offer.
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