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March 07, 2011, 02:27:07 AM
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It appears that no withdrawal of any currency from Bitcoin-Central is possible, and davout no longer replies to emails. I and at least one other person have a significant amount of money there. Should we be worried that davout has disappeared with it, or that someone hacked his site and stole the money? I have been trying to withdraw both BTC and LRUSD since March 2, and always get an error.

Does anyone know davout personally? Can anyone find him in person and ask him what's going on?

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March 07, 2011, 02:28:57 AM
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A little birdy told me that Davout isn't interested in the site anymore.
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March 07, 2011, 02:38:05 AM
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A little birdy told me that Davout isn't interested in the site anymore.

Can you substantiate the rumor?

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March 07, 2011, 02:46:20 AM
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A little birdy told me that Davout isn't interested in the site anymore.

That doesn't justify keeping our money though. So something else must have happened.

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March 07, 2011, 02:50:43 AM
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Here are the dates (UTC) of the emails I've sent that have been ignored so far:
3/4/2011 22:29  -  support@bitcoin-central.net
3/2/2011 20:11  -  david@webflows.fr
3/1/2011 06:46  -  support@bitcoin-central.net

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March 07, 2011, 02:55:38 AM
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He is last active March 1, 2011.

He must have been hit by a bus.

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March 07, 2011, 02:58:17 AM
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Or disappeared in a natural disaster.

The wig was a give-away.

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March 07, 2011, 03:10:00 AM
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I just sent him a forum message and emailed every address I know.

I'm hoping someone can find him and bring this problem to his attention. Unfortunately I'm in California USA, so my options are limited. But maybe someone in France has a better chance?

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March 07, 2011, 03:15:15 AM
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This whois for the domain lists a phone number. His website listed in his github account has a phone number as well. A person with the same name as that listed in the whois has 'liked' the bitcoin facebook page, so someone on facebook could contact him through that maybe.
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March 07, 2011, 03:39:57 AM
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I just sent him a message through Facebook, assuming that's the same person. I'll give him a little more time before I try calling those phone numbers.

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March 07, 2011, 06:15:03 AM
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I think the server just broke and Davout might be busy IRL (Winter holiday/Carnaval?). However, I've posted a message in the French park meeting topic, see if someone there has seen him.
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March 07, 2011, 09:06:08 AM
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chill down, i'm here
have been pretty busy lately though.

no money frozen at all, going to have a look at the withdrawal problems Smiley

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March 07, 2011, 09:10:43 AM
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I haven't used bitcoin-central but I guess this story just shows that TRUST is important with Bitcoin. Wether it is trusting that someone knows how to reliable runs an exchange, or trusting that he is not a scammer. (I don't know in which category davout falls.)

Perhaps in the near future more services like bitcoin-otc's rating systems will be launched.
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March 07, 2011, 09:11:49 AM
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appears the bitcoin client crashed for some reason so thats why no addresses could be generated, no funds withdrawn and sent funds weren't appearing.

can someone confirm LR and Pecunix auto deposit/withdrawal status ?

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March 07, 2011, 09:17:35 AM
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I remember sending an email to the Bitcoin Central guy about the web design (terse, to the point that it becomes confusing for new people) but no reply and no change. I guess he is too busy, or he only likes encrypted emails.

A lot of trouble for bitcoin recently.

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March 07, 2011, 10:09:05 AM
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I remember sending an email to the Bitcoin Central guy about the web design (terse, to the point that it becomes confusing for new people) but no reply and no change. I guess he is too busy, or he only likes encrypted emails.

A lot of trouble for bitcoin recently.

You know the code is open source right ?

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March 07, 2011, 10:16:49 AM
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I remember sending an email to the Bitcoin Central guy about the web design (terse, to the point that it becomes confusing for new people) but no reply and no change. I guess he is too busy, or he only likes encrypted emails.

A lot of trouble for bitcoin recently.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEnfy9qfdaU

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March 07, 2011, 10:49:08 AM
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appears the bitcoin client crashed for some reason so thats why no addresses could be generated, no funds withdrawn and sent funds weren't appearing.

can someone confirm LR and Pecunix auto deposit/withdrawal status ?

Thanks davout for fixing it for now. I managed to withdraw all my BTC, and $10 of my LRUSD. My attempt to withdraw the other $424 LRUSD seems to be in limbo at the moment, but that has happened to me before from another exchange so I assume LR's system isn't always instant. I'll post back here when it clears.

I'm sorry, but I can't feel comfortable leaving much money in BC anymore. I'm relieved that you did eventually come through this time, but what about next time? If the system isn't stable, maybe it's also vulnerable to hacking. I realize the code is open-source, but I'm personally not skilled enough to analyze it to satisfy my concerns.

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March 07, 2011, 11:08:56 AM
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All my LRUSD did clear into my LR account.

Your site says "the 24/7 bitcoin platform". Some advice to avoid similar situations in the future:
1. Add to your support page on the site, saying you will respond to emails within 48 hours.
2. Check email once a day. If someone reports a problem and you don't have time to fix it, you can just reply very simply "I will fix it later. Please wait." so people know you haven't abandoned the site.
3. If there's a problem you won't be able to fix for a while, either add a note to the site's support page, or post on the forum, or email someone who can pass the word to the community.

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March 07, 2011, 01:10:39 PM
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Thanks davout for fixing it for now. I managed to withdraw all my BTC, and $10 of my LRUSD. My attempt to withdraw the other $424 LRUSD seems to be in limbo at the moment, but that has happened to me before from another exchange so I assume LR's system isn't always instant. I'll post back here when it clears.
LR is usually instant, sometimes, for an unknown reason it can take up to half an hour to clear, from my experience

I'm sorry, but I can't feel comfortable leaving much money in BC anymore. I'm relieved that you did eventually come through this time, but what about next time? If the system isn't stable, maybe it's also vulnerable to hacking. I realize the code is open-source, but I'm personally not skilled enough to analyze it to satisfy my concerns.
It's usually the bitcoin client crashing XD

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