57-year-old Ladislav Mecir is one of those anonymous heroes in the crypto verse. He is a man worthy of admiration for his work and dedication to the entire community of crypto enthusiasts around the world.
Ladislav Mecir is a Czech grandfather of 3. He lives in Jičín, a small town in Prague, and is a personality in the ‘Wiki-world,’ for being the most active Wikipedia editor for its Bitcoin article.
The tech-savvy grandpa says that when it comes to Bitcoin, his vision of the subject is so broad that it unites a pedagogic approach with the most up-to-date information:
“I am writing for a version of me that does not know these things,” Mecir said during a video call. “I am writing the things that if I came not knowing anything, I would appreciate to see.”
Many people think that cryptos and technology in general have a certain generational barrier. The truth is that this difficulty is more subjective than real; and Ladislav is living proof that having a glimpse into the future can be a passion for anyone regardless of age.
Ladislav Mercir recalls that back in 2000, he was looking for an opportunity to change his career. While researching on the internet, he found out about Wikipedia and more out of curiosity than out of passion he began his work of contribution.
Later in 2012, he first heard about Bitcoin and quickly realized its potential:
” [I thought:] This is going to change everything … I was surprised that something like this can even exist.”
Thanks to this enthusiasm, he began to research on Bitcoin and to share his knowledge. He then unknowingly started his new career; editing, expanding and monitoring the Bitcoin’s Wikipedia page, both in English and Czech.
Ladislav Mecir has had ups and downs during his career on Wikipedia. Generally, many attacks arise from groups that he catalogs as “Anti-Bitcoiners”: People who believe that Bitcoin is a scam, so they edit the article by putting its veracity into question.
Also, he clearly affirms that another group of people who behave similarly to the groups mentioned above are the pro-bch editors.
While a fervent advocate of free speech and openly opposed to censorship, allegations of some editors that Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme or that crypto lacks legitimacy are to him merely guesswork with no real foundation and are the ones that he edits all the time.
Another story he recalls about his wiki rollercoaster is a discussion with a rival editor about whether “BCash” is an insulting term or not. The Bcash advocate then asked Wikipedia to ban Mecir from editing any article related to cryptocurrencies.
Knowledge Matters More Than Money
Despite his significant involvement in the BTC community, Ladislav doesn’t own any Bitcoin. He is happy being part of the change BTC could imply rather than the money he could earn or lose:
“I invest my time,” I said. “I learned a lot, and I cannot lose what I have learned.”