Wikipedia will go dark to protest SOPA/PIPA


42 Responses to “Wikipedia will go dark to protest SOPA/PIPA”

  1. paul_leader says:

    I am going to get sooooooo much work done on Wednesday :)

  2. guanto says:

    Question: will Boing Boing and Wikipedia only block requests originating from US IP addresses? People outside the US have no leverage when it comes to US legislation and cannot “call their congressman” to do anything about SOPA. The point of this stunt may, in fact, be entirely lost on them.

    • Ipo says:

      They can talk about it. 
      It’s not like Americans have a vote on this and you don’t. 

    • Brad Gall says:

      I would think it would be highly helpful for people outside the US to call as many members of congress as possible and voice their concerns. It might help with their myopic world view if they realize people all over the world think they are being a bunch of dumb-asses. Also call your own elected representatives a complain to them as well.

      • Graham Bradley says:

        Its very important that the blackout is indescriminate. When visitors from other countries can’t access Wikipedia and read why, maybe they’ll think about the repercussions of similar legistlation when it gets (inevitably) peddled by their own government.

        Gah, replied to wrong comment, sorry.

    • guanto says:

      This was a serious question. The Reuters story alternates between “English Wikipedia” (not that this means US-only) and “Wikipedia.” The text of the last JavaScript pop-up on Boing Boing addressed US visitors only (something like “because of the actions of _your_ government,” which was of course incorrect for a huge share of visitors).

      It’s just not clear to me and I would welcome any clarification.

      • guanto says:

        Okay, regarding Wikipedia, there seems to be a consensus for blocking only the English-language part, with users still debating whether it should be US-only or international (pretty much a tie right now).

  3. Ipo says:

    Hurra Jimmy and the wikipedians! 
    Now this is a blackout that will be noticed by people that don’t already know. 

  4. Mujokan says:

    That’s a big get.

    Edit: I think another good target would be Game Informer. This is a high traffic gaming news aggregator.

  5. $6143719 says:

    Good. Not to knock Reddit or anything but a Wikipedia blackout is way more effective. Almost all Congress men know Wikipedia through family members since its the new defecto research site.

  6. Matthew says:

    The only way most people in congress would know about the blackout is if AOL did it.  Even then, they’d just think it was an outage.

  7. franko says:

    so, even though SOPA is starting down the road to defeat, the blackout is still happening, right?  i believe it’s important that it still goes on, i just want to be sure.

  8. Lobster says:

    Wait, what’s SOPA again?

    *Enter.  Enter.  EnterEnterEnterEnterEnter!*

  9. Waltb555 says:

    Isn’t this kind of preaching to the choir.  I doubt many regular visitors to Boing Boing are unaware of the dangers of SOPA and PIPA.

  10. jerryeast says:

    Don’t these blackouts violate some sort of inferred or apparent user trust? For instance, what about pro-SOPA beliefs held by thousands or tens of thousands of Wikipedia users? Aren’t they just callously brushed aside by this blackout? I think blackouts or boycotts are only effective if ALL members of the boycotting entity are behind the plan. After all, the Internet is a group effort, as BoingBoing and Wikipedia (and other sites) are group efforts

    • AnthonyC says:

      The point that BoingBoing and Wikipedia are making is that if SOPA or a similar law passes, then those sites would necessarily cease to exist entirely. So whether some users are pro-sopa is not really relevant- if that segment of users gets its way, then they won’t have site access anyway. That’s part of what this blackout is trying to teach them.

      • jerryeast says:

        “So whether some users are pro-sopa is not really relevant”

        What if this were a boycott against Brad Pitt or skimmed milk? And what if I liked Brad Pitt or skimmed milk? I’m just saying that the whole “the Internet is just one big happy family” construct goes out the window when websites start speaking (or boycotting) on behalf of their daily visitors. The ways of protest these days are mighty strange in my opinion. I guess it’s all about “sending messages” and “making points” – several websites blacking out for 24 hours is going to send a message to our government? I’ll see it when I believe it.

        • jackbird says:

          Brad Pitt and skimmed milk aren’t existential threats.

        • AnthonyC says:

          You’re missing the point: you either lose Brad Pitt and skim milk for a day (law hopefully gets defeated) or you have it for that day but soon after, lose both forever (law gets passed). You’re strictly better off in the latter case whether you like Brad Pitt and skim milk or not.

        • William Hopper says:

          The websites are protesting.  Nowhere in this do they imply that everyone agrees with them, or that they are “representing” the views of all those who use their website.  It is their right to do as they choose with their own site… until this law is passed anyway.  As for user obligations, there are none.  You use a site or not, but they don’t OWE you anything any more than your local KFC “owes” you anything for buying their chicken. Their company, not yours.  They can do as they wish with it.

        • Bára says:

          Why would SOPA supporters mind the black-out? If the law is passed, as they wish it to be, Wikipedia would have to shut down for good. So losing it for one day is just a taste of what they are asking for.

        • Guest says:

          You seem to have the cart before the horse just there.  If you think about the people making the decision as the owners of this site, a lot should fall into place.

    • Finnagain says:

      Yes, we need 100% approval beforehand to take any protest action whatsoever.  Won’t someone please think of the bootlickers!?

  11. pagantaxidriver says:

    Does anyone know how to disable your facebook page for Wednesday?

  12. tw1515tw says:

    FYI BBC Radio 5 Live is mentioning the Wikipedia blackout in its morning headlines today. 

  13. danick says:

    It’s my understanding that only the English part of wiki will go black?, or is it the whole site?

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