| submitted by /u/cryptonewsguy
My name is Simon AKA Komodorpudel (I know, my name on Reddit is Komodor123, but that is a different story 😊) and I help manage the translation efforts for Bitcoin.org (https://bitcoin.org/en/). Bitcoin.org is by no means Bitcoin’s official website, but it has been one of the most visited Bitcoin websites for quite some time. And a few months ago, in August, Bitcoin.org turned ten years old.
When I started to assist with the German translation in 2013, the site was just redesigned, numerous pages were added, additional Bitcoin-software was listed, and the translation system was created. The objective was providing an independent and transparent source of information; I was happy to help. Back then, Bitcoin was hovering around a one billion USD market cap and MtGox was still a thing (at least for a few more months 😊).
A lot of things have changed since then. Bitcoin has matured; exchanges have grown out of nowhere and millions of people have entered the space. Bitcoin now offers relief for people in countries such as Venezuela, Big 4 firms provide blockchain services, US presidential candidates accept bitcoin donations, and in general blockchain is the new “solution” for everything 😊.
But a few things stayed the same. Bitcoin.org remains a leading source of information about Bitcoin, currently available in 27 different languages. While the site has had its share of controversies, this does not change the fact that just about everything is still handled publicly through GitHub (https://github.com/bitcoin-dot-org/bitcoin.org/) and everyone can participate (unlike some of the other Bitcoin-related websites people may end up on). I personally do not agree with certain opinions of Cobra-Bitcoin, the co-owner of Bitcoin.org, but Bitcoin.org itself remains very transparent and I can personally vouch for the content on the website.
Over the years, many dedicated volunteers have helped Bitcoin.org by adding content and translating it into their language; thank you very much! But like for all of us, life goes on. Many volunteers got a new job and no more time to spare, founded a family, or simply lost interest in Bitcoin and dedicated their time to new projects. Nobody can blame them for that, but this ensures that Bitcoin.org is in constant need for volunteers that help translating the site.
Thus, I want to address a new generation of Bitcoin-interested people here on Reddit – please help support Bitcoin and Bitcoin.org! Help us spread Bitcoin around the world! There is a lot of stuff to translate and we are more than happy to welcome you!
You can find information on how to get started with translating here: https://github.com/bitcoin-dot-org/bitcoin.org/blob/master/docs/assisting-with-translations.md#getting-started-with-the-translation-team
Feel free to join or Telegram Group (Infos can be found in the previous link) and introduce yourself!
All work is on a voluntary basis, but thanks to a previous sponsorship from Paxful, people who translated during the summer were contacted so they could be paid some bitcoin for their efforts, and we plan to offer more of these opportunities in the future!
Thank you very much for your time! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them here or by writing me on Telegram (Username: “@Komodorpudel”).
Hello BTC Redditors,
Just wanted to share a little announcement rather dear to me.
August of last year I left Portland, Oregon with a mission: see what BTC communities are like around the world…and make it happen with just 1 Bitcoin.
Finally made it 🙂
Bought it for $ 4,724 hard earned dollars. A month later in September I felt like a chump who bought a new car off the dealer's lot — because BTC kept loosing value and sunk to $ 3,350. But I kept riding that rollercoaster.
In December the price hit $ 19k. Just a few days before Christmas too. I felt tempted to cash it all out right then and there, let me tell ya. But a few OG's I met in Hong Kong told me to keep saddled on that bucking Bronco — feel the adrenaline of the ups and the heartbreak of the downs. So I stuck it through. Man, what a ride.
I put a little video together. Not super good at the editing, sorry. But here it is anyway:
A few highlights:
+ Met Vitalik Buterin in Shenzhen, China. Wow. Closest I've ever come to meeting an extraterrestrial. I don't mean that in a bad way, either. The guy towered above me (I'm not that tall); he was lanky and gaunt; I could see him thinking about 12 different things while talking to me — each of them far more important than the small-talk-chitchat he was having with me.
+ Met John McAfee in Singapore. What a character! Listen to this: I ask him what he thinks about the environmental impact of BTC mining (the hot topic at the time). He tells me "I'll keep MGT mining BTC until the last polar bear drowns."
+ Volunteered at a diving school in Palawan, Philippians. It was a workaway type of place. The guy running it, Thad, was doing great things — teaching local kids how to become dive masters so they could earn a good living diving with tourists. Great dude. A little paranoid when talking about him and crypto, but wow, in it from the early days.
+ Myanmar (Burma). Holy damn. What a country. Incredible ancient ruins. Delicious food. And the friendliest people going through some of the toughest governmental financial bullshit. Corruption, wild inflation, demonetization. And people there would love to use BTC more often to free themselves financially (being part of the unbanked, after all) but they have some of the most fundamental difficulties: (1) shitty cellphone coverage and (2) rampant power outages.
+ Colmar, France. I met one of my hero's …. Anthony Bourdain. Talked to him about food, travel, Bitcoin. A week later. One week after shaking my hand….he took his life. I keep wishing I would have said something. The right thing. Maybe I could have made a difference.
+ Amsterdam. Used a bit of my almost-running-out-BTC to taste true wormwood Absinthe. I saw visions of Bitcoin absolutely crushing governmental fiat and putting Jamie Dimon and Charlie Munger on the streets! Haha no, I wish.
+ Finally made it! 1 BTC! Tonder, Denmark. Just across the border from Germany. I thought I'd make it to Copenhagen. I didn't — but that's okay. It was a wild ride that opened my eyes in all sorts of ways. Sure I spent months and months sleeping on Couchsurfer's cots, eating the cheapest grocery store mark-down foods, and generally wishing I had cashed out in December — but I would do it all over again, without cashing out either. Because being on such a strict budget forced me to meet people.
Often times we feel tempted to use money to avoid pains. If I traveled on a big budget I could have stayed in hotels. Instead I couchsurfed, met amazing hosts, and told them all about BTC — which sharpened my own knowledge. If I was on a bigger budget I could have stuck around certain cities and gone to BTC meetup's only on their set dates. But being on a budget I had to reach out to meetup hosts and hope they'd make time to meet me, trade BTC for fiat, and perhaps even introduce me to their crypto friends — and they did, every time, because the crypto community is awesome. Around the world I met absolute badass crypto OG's, movers-and-shakers, and newbies too. Learned something from everyone 🙂
I suppose my mission resulted in a resounding answer: crypto will set us free.
So cheers to a few specific cool cats out there as well as the community at large: Thank you.
I just watched The Big Short, its about multiple group of people who saw the 2008 economy collapse and shorted their positions. After watching I am more than convinced that big financial instituions do not care about us. They neither cared about the people who shorted, and only 1 went to jail. Immigrants were blamed for the financial crisis. I can understand what led Satoshi to create Bitcoin.
We need bitcoins. period. We need a way to store our money in a decentralized value, without worrying whether it will fall or no. I think Bitcoin ETFs will be a bad idea. Traditional bankers will get into the ecosystem, and f*** it up. They always have, and always will do.
What do you think?