Most Prolific Editor of Bitcoin's Wikipedia Page Is a Czech Grandpa Who Does Not Own Any Bitcoin

Omar Faridi
  • Czech resident Ladislav Mecir is the most prolific contributor to Bitcoin’s Wikipedia page, and a lot of what people know about the flagship cryptocurrency is because of him.
  • Mecir spends a few hours every day editing cryptocurrency articles on Wikipedia and recalls the time at his university when he was not allowed to read economics textbooks due to heavy censorship.

Ladislav Mecir, a resident of the Czech Republic, is known for being the most active contributor to Bitcoin’s Wikipedia page. Interestingly, the 57-year-old grandfather does not own any Bitcoins or any other cryptocurrency.

He has also never mined cryptocurrencies, according to The Outline. Mecir was quoted as saying:

“I am writing for a version of me that does not know these things. I am writing the things that if I came not knowing anything, I would appreciate to see.”

Ladislav Mecir

The former high school math teacher discovered Wikipedia back in the early 2000s, when he was looking for a career change. He mentioned that his salary as a teacher was low at the time, not enough to meet living expenses for his growing family.

In an attempt to fix things, Mecir then decided to look for work as a computer programmer and this, he says, saw him learn about Bitcoin for the first time in 2012. After reading about the cryptocurrency, Mecir says he felt like it was “going to change everything.” He added that he  “was surprised that something like this can even exist.”

Editing Bitcoin's Wikipedia Page

Soon after learning about Bitcoin, the 57-year-old started reading about the cryptocurrency’s underlying blockchain technology. He noted that by actively contributing to Bitcoin’s Wikipedia page, he was able to truly understand how the digital currency works.

Notably, many of the citizens of the Czech Republic are quite passionate about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The European country is also where the first Bitcoin mining pool was established.

Mecir spends a few hours every day editing cryptocurrency articles written in English as well as in Czech. He recalled a time when he was studying at his university where reading about economics or the latest scientific discoveries wasn’t allowed.

These restrictions were mandated by an authoritarian regime at the time. Mecir revealed he is completely against censorship and even if regulators someday ban the use of Bitcoin, he’d still want Wikipedia pages dedicated to cryptocurrencies to remain accessible, due to their historic value.

To date, the Bitcoin Wikipedia page has been removed and then brought back online on a number of occasions. According to Mecir, this could because a lot of people still think cryptocurrencies are a scam or some type of Ponzi scheme.

Peter Schiff: ‘I Just Lost All the #Bitcoin I Have Ever Owned’

Siamak Masnavi

On Sunday (January 19), famous gold bug and Bitcoin critic Peter Schiff claimed that he had lost access to all of his Bitcoin holdings.

On 4 July 2019, Schiff, who is the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, a full-service, registered broker/dealer specializing in foreign markets and securities, and founder and Chairman of SchiffGold, a full-service, discount precious metals dealer, and a man who is extremely bullish on gold, bearish on the U.S. dollar, and highly skeptical about Bitcoin, admitted to owning Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and said that he was going to HODL his bitcoin no matter what happens to the Bitcoin price.

Earlier today, Schiff took to Twitter to express his anger with Bitcoin after allegedly losing access to the crypto wallet that holds his bitcoin:

Although Schiff thinks that the wallet he was using has "somehow" gotten "corrupted" and that is why his password -- which he is sure of remembering correctly -- is being rejected, not everyone in the crypto community is convinced that is right.

One of those who believes that Schiff has simply forgotten his password is Anthony Pompliano (aka "Pomp"), Co-founder and Partner at Morgan Creek Digital:

After Schiff denied forgetting his password, Pomp, offered to help Schiff recover his bitcoin:

Interestingly, Schiff then claimed that the unfortunate situation with his wallet has not occurred because he incorrectly set up the wallet, and that it was in fact Eric Voorhees, Founder and CEO of ShapeShift, who set it up:

Carlos Acevedo, Director of Sales at Brave, then told Schiff that Bitcoin was not to blame and that if Schiff had used a cold wallet (such as a hardware wallet made by Ledger) or made a note of the recovery phrase, then this situation could have been prevented:

Schiff says that he did not change to a more secure wallet because he wanted all those people who had sent him bitcoin last year to be able to "easily monitor their value".

Although quite a few people are now blaming Voorhees for not making saving the private keys for the wallet he allegedly set up for Schiff, overall, there is not much sympathy for the man who has constantly been attacking Bitcoin over the past few years.

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