: Wikipedia plans to go dark on Jan 18th

2012-01-17, 08:31 AM
Wikipedia plans to take its English-language site offline on Wednesday as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-16590585)

The user-generated news site Reddit and the blog Boing Boing have also said they will take part in the "blackout".

The sites' webmasters are opposed to the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (Pipa) being debated by Congress.

2012-01-17, 10:58 AM
I understand why they are doing this, but why not just geoblock US ISPs instead of taking down the whole site?... There IS a world outside of the US...

2012-01-17, 02:12 PM
Because the US law will affect users outside of the US. There's one English Wikipedia for the whole english-speaking world, and one Spanish Wikipedia for the whole spanish-speaking world, both major languages in the US. Also, because Wikipedia is hosted in the US, this essentially affects ALL Wikipedia projects.

2012-01-17, 09:29 PM
And up to 7000 other sites (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/google-joins-online-sopa-protest_n_1210990.html)

2012-01-18, 12:24 AM
Wiki is dark:)

Mission accomplished, got my attention. Have to read up on this.

2012-01-18, 06:52 AM
I also get that dark screen, unless I search on "SOPA". I guess they want everyone to see what they're protesting.

2012-01-18, 07:17 AM
Heard that this might work.

If you still need to use Wikipedia, just disable JavaScript and you're golden.

01 Boxer
2012-01-18, 01:15 PM
There are thousands of students who are asking:"How am i supposed to do my homework now?"

2012-01-18, 01:54 PM
I tried the site and the page loads like normal then goes black about a second later. Just click the browser Stop button before it goes black.

2012-01-18, 04:48 PM
just disable JavaScript and you're golden
Works fine on my Android smartphone!

2012-01-18, 06:26 PM
This was the intended behaviour.

Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?
Yes. During the blackout, Wikipedia is accessible on mobile devices and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by disabling JavaScript in your browser, as explained on this Technical FAQ page. Our purpose here isn't to make it completely impossible for people to read Wikipedia, and it's okay for you to circumvent the blackout. We just want to make sure you see our message.

2012-01-18, 09:18 PM
He does a great job of breaking it down.