(Closed) Wikipedia Blackout!

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Mrs.KMM: Certainly do think it’s effective…you’re posting about it, right? ๐Ÿ™‚
I learned a lot reading the SOPA thread on here. Scary stuff. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

its effective, and its only for 24 hrs in protest..theres also lots of info on google and craigslist! Ive already sent emails to my congressmen and signed an online petition!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs.KMM: It’s in protest of SOPA and PIPA which are pieces of legislation which could greatly influence how americans are able to experience the internet and could result in censorship of any content from outside of the USA which could potential relate to copyright infringement.

Many sites are blacked out today in protest of these bills.

I believe there is a link on the blackout page to learn more about each of the bills.

If you go to google.com their logo is blacked out as well and they also have a link explaining what the bills are.

Other sites that are blacked out include Craigslist and Reddit (among many others).

The blackout is meant to bring awareness to the general public about these bills. So if it educates those who hadn’t heard of the bills before, then it’s working.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, it’s very effective- so many people visit these sites and don’t follow politics, so they’ll have to learn what’s going on whether they like it or not ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are ways to get around the blackouts, FYI, if anyone really needs to look something up- the blackout is Javascript enabled so if you turn that off you can see Wikipedia normally. My computer is set to block Javascript automatically unless I okay it, I was so confused about why the blackout wasn’t working on my computer at first ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No, what I’m saying that it’s raising awareness. As in “For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.” SO in that regard, I say yes, it is effective. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Mrs.KMM: True, but by posting it you also brough awareness to other bees as well.

If people notice it and talk about it, it raises awarenss.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I do wish the public would get as fired up about other bills too. Like ones that affect their food, environment, finances…….

I find it a bit amusing that the thought of no more facebook, youtube, etc. is what gets people to act.

But I do think the whole thing is stupid and will likely go down in flames.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hisgoosiegirl: It prob will go down.  I just talked to a Congressional Campaign Manager and they are seeing the whole issue as a liability and running from it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I heard on the radio this morning that if you search for something on wikipedia, when you click search hold down the escape key and the blackout won’t appear.

I apologize if this was mentioned already!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@tksjewelry: yeah, if politicians want to see the young demographic vote, all they need to do is vote ‘yes’ for these two bills. Of course, they will then be out of a job……

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

yes, I’m really annoyed about craigslist–  today is a good day for me to do some job hunting and I can’t! 

I already voted against SOPA, now give me access!  frustrating.

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