Wikimedia President Jimmy Wales is excited to discover the world of bitcoin, and while doing so, he’s accidentally started a bitcoin donation campaign by simply sharing his bitcoin address on social media.
At the time of this writing, Wales’ bitcoin address has received over 10 BTC from members of the community, translating to over $6,000 USD and counting.
That’s certainly a difference from the 0.1 BTC Wales started off with this weekend, and it’s all going to a good cause: Wikipedia.
The bitcoin community is cleverly using this as an opportunity to nudge Wikimedia into integrating bitcoin donations to the online encyclopedia. And while the current donations being made will go to Wikipedia, Wales said on Twitter today that “No decision has been made for Wikipedia to accept BTC!”
If you haven’t already noticed, the bitcoin community is pretty giving. And if history is anything to go by, they won’t stop until they get what they want.
For example, just this weekend the community has contributed over 44 BTC ($27k+ USD) to Dorian Nakamoto, the man Newsweek claims to be the creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto. The fundraiser was used as a collective apology and token of good faith on behalf of the whole bitcoinosphere for having his privacy invaded by the mainstream media.
Do you think Wikipedia is on the verge of accepting bitcoin donations?