BitcoinTip Bot

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Early Implementation
Born On:
09:18, 27 March 2013 (CDT)
Last Updated:
00:14, 16 April 2013 (CDT)


The BitcoinTip bot is a Freenode IRC bot designed to facilitate micro-payments of Bitcoin between IRC users. The receiving user does not need to have a Bitcoin address or an account with the BitcoinTip Bot in order to receive payments. It was inspired by NerfighterSean's BitcoinTip Reddit Bot.


Command Description PrivMsg? AuthReq? Aliases
 !help Displays a list of available commands and provides more detailed info on specific commands. No No  !btchelp, !btc-help, !helpbtc, !help-btc
 !signup Creates an account with the BitcoinTip bot. You must be registered with NickServ for this to work. No No  !register, !signmeup
 !auth Tells the BitcoinTip bot to send you an authentication challenge via MemoServ. Yes No  !authenticate
 !deauth Forces the BitcoinTip bot to deauthenticate you immediately. Yes Yes  !deauthenticate, !unauth
 !accept Accept any incoming pending Bitcoin tips. Yes Yes  !btc-accept, !accept-btc, !acceptbtc, !btcaccept
 !tip Sends an amount of Bitcoin to the given nick. No Yes  !btc-tip, !tip-btc, !tipbtc, !btctip
 !balance Displays your current and pending balances. Yes Yes  !btc-balance, !btcbalance, !balance-btc, !balancebtc
 !btc-realtime Displays the last BTC trade price on Mt. Gox. No No  !btc-rt
 !btcflip (*) Flips a coin; if it's heads you win the amount you bet, if it's tails you lose the amount. No Yes  !btc-flip, !flipbtc, !flip-btc

(*) indicates that this command may be removed (or heavily modified) once the bot starts using real Bitcoins.


In order to overcome the authentication issues involved with IRC nicks, the bot will initially only send payments to nicks registered with the NickServ. Messages will be sent using the MemoServ system so that only the user that registered the nick is able to retrieve payments. More ideas on the security of the system need to be investigated in order to prevent abuse of the system by users trying to claim others' tips or sending tips from others' accounts.

Progress Log

00:08, 11 April 2013 (CDT): The basic framework of the bot has been created; it can auth/deauth users, send tips, track balances, and ensure sufficient funds. Some modifications to the automatic deauth need to be made in order to increase security before real coins can be used.