Known issues: How to recover an Electrum wallet
We receive once in a while consults of users that cannot open their Electrum wallet anymore.
I am almost convinced the wallet gets somewhat corrupted, and until now we have proposed users to
- Delete or move the wallet folder
- Recreate the wallet from the seed (reconfigure Electrum with the old seed)
We never hear from users again, so it looks like the process is working.
We should add it to the Known issues page and link mention it on the Electrum page, or add it on the same Electrum documentation, linked from Known Issues.
I am not sure of the best place for this workaround.
#5 Updated by sajolida over 2 years ago
Cool, thanks for working on this!
- The original page is full of special <div>. I don't really like this
but I wasn't sure how to do things differently until now. In your branch
you're adding another one. Taking a step back, maybe we could merge your
new section with "Your wallet can be recovered..." and create a <h2>
section called "Recover your wallet from its seed" (or something like
this). Then we could try to move "Electrum uses mBTC..." and "Do not
blindly trust..." at the beginning of the page and have the section
about recovering right after them.
- If we end up moving this content outside of <div> then we should write
markdown instead of full HTML (and rescue the translation from "Your
wallet can be recovered..." which will become fuzzy.
- The intro to your section ("If Electrum") looks like an algorithm (to
avoid that feeling, dotted lists should be introduced with full
sentences). As you know, I'm myself a big fan of dotted lists but here
it sounds a bit too much. Could you try to rephrase this as one sentence
and see if it flows better?
- In English "may" could be permission or probability and "might" only
probability. In our website I consistently use "might" for probability
and "may" only for permission. It's correct grammatically speaking and
no big deal but you know I ++
- You're introducing the terminology "seed phrase" when we're talking
about "seed" (only) elsewhere. How is that? What does Electrum do?
- Earlier in the document we say "Your wallet can be recovered entirely
from its seed" but in your section you're asking for "seed phrase,
master key, a list of Bitcoin addresses or a list of private keys". What
are the "master key", "list of Bitcoin addresses", and "list of private
keys"? Is this terminology used in Electrum? Are you using "or" to mean
either a "seed phrase", a "master key", a "list of Bitcoin addresses",
OR a "list of private keys"?
- Always use present tense when possible, and avoid future tense (almost
always) and past tense (when you can instead describe the current state
of things) because it's unclear to which point in time you are referring
to. So get rid of "will" in your text and maybe replace "got corrupted"
by "is corrupted".
- Be neutral and avoid saying that things are simple.
#6 Updated by sajolida over 2 years ago
- Assignee changed from sajolida to emmapeel
- QA Check changed from Ready for QA to Dev Needed
- Feature Branch changed from emmapeel:feature/11687-electrum_recovery to feature/11687-electrum_recovery
Ah, and fetch the new branch I push to the main repo so that it's merged with master.