[Bitcoin-development] Why are we bleeding nodes?

Andreas Schildbach andreas at schildbach.de
Mon Apr 7 13:43:52 UTC 2014


They're _not_ phasing out into SPV wallets from what I can say. At
around the 24th of February, there has been a sharp change of the
"current installs" graph of Bitcoin Wallet. That number used to grow at
about 20.000 per month. After that date until now, it just barely moves
horizontal.

My guess is that a large number of users have lost interest after they
lost their money in MtGox. The 24th of February coincides with the
"final" shutdown, according to

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mt._Gox#February_2014_shutdown_and_bankruptcy


On 04/07/2014 02:17 PM, Ricardo Filipe wrote:
> phasing out of bitcoinqt into spv wallets?
> 
> 2014-04-07 12:34 GMT+01:00 Mike Hearn <mike at plan99.net>:
>> At the start of February we had 10,000 bitcoin nodes. Now we have 8,500 and
>> still falling:
>>
>>    http://getaddr.bitnodes.io/dashboard/chart/?days=60
>>
>> I know all the reasons why people might stop running a node (uses too much
>> disk space, bandwidth, lost interest etc). But does anyone have any idea how
>> we might get more insight into what's really going on? It'd be convenient if
>> the subVer contained the operating system, as then we could tell if the
>> bleed was mostly from desktops/laptops (Windows/Mac), which would be
>> expected, or from virtual servers (Linux), which would be more concerning.
>>
>> When you set up a Tor node, you can add your email address to the config
>> file and the Tor project sends you emails from time to time about things you
>> should know about. If we did the same, we could have a little exit survey:
>> if your node disappears for long enough, we could email the operator and ask
>> why they stopped.
>>
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