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WIKIPEDIA will shut down on wednesday

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by shiningeyes, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. shiningeyes

    shiningeyes BANNED BANNED

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    Today, founder of the non-profit behind information archive http://thenextweb.com/la/2012/01/02/wikipedia-explains-how-it-is-aiming-to-reach-1-million-articles-in-portuguese/, https://twitter.com/#%21/jimmy_wales, announced that the site will go dark for 24 hours on Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
    https://twitter.com/search/%23sopa
    While only the English version of the site will be down, it accounts for 25 million daily visitors according to Wales:
    When we http://thenextweb.com/video/2011/11/08/jimmy-wales-talks-wikipedia-censorship-and-why-he-hates-crowdsourcing-interview/, he told us that Wikipedia had over 420m unique monthly visitors, and there are now over 20 million articles on Wikipedia across almost 300 languages.
    As we reported last week, the site was http://thenextweb.com/insider/2012/01/13/internet-users-are-urging-wikipedia-to-go-black-in-protest-of-sopa-pipa/ along with Reddit who announced that it would black out its site in protest against SOPA.
    The 24 hour shutdown of Wikipedia will be replaced with instructions on how to reach out to your local US members of congress, and Wales says he hopes the measure will ?melt phones? with volume:



    Along with Reddit, Wikipedia joins huge Internet names like WordPress, Mozilla, and all of the Cheezburger properties in Wednesday?s ?black out? protest.
    The proposed act endangers the future of sites like these by holding them directly accountable for content placed on them. It has been widely reported that if an act like this passed through and became actionable, many Internet businesses would suffer greatly due to new scrutiny placed on them by the government.
     
  2. download

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    I think consensus so far is to display a splash page for all visitors but still let them access the content after clicking through.

    Though I am quite active on Wikipedia I might be wrong, however.
     
  3. cooltoad

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    Oh my GOd. The thread title scared the shit out of me. I though they will be gone forever :D
     
  4. extremeboy

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    lol i thought same :D
     
  5. xboxps3wow

    xboxps3wow Power Member

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    how would i ever know anything without Wiki!?
    Don't make mean titles like that anymore :saevil:
     
  6. eskimo

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    i could shut my sites down for the day in protest as well, but i dont think anyone would give a f#ck
     
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  7. xPWN1t

    xPWN1t Regular Member

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    That would be because people don't visit your sites though...
     
  8. darknight44

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    wtf adsense is shutting down too!!!
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    Just kidding:)
     
  9. truepals_forever

    truepals_forever Senior Member

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    Google will :] and may fuck your rankings in return
     
  10. Nookie Monster

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    Just as long as BHW doesn't shut down we should all be happy.
     
  11. albaniax

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    nah, 1 day isn't long enough.
    <1 week would be, where I seriously would have my thoughts.
     
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  12. Roparadise

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    Great news for colleges,now their students will have to do real research.
     
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  13. Vyndariel

    Vyndariel Registered Member

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    the list of websites/companies who announced a blackout


    • Google
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Wikipedia
    • PayPal
    • Zynga (creators of Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc.)
    • eBay
    • LinkedIn
    • IAC, which owns these websites:
      • Dictionary.com
      • Ask.com
      • Dictionary.com
      • Match.com
      • CollegeHumor
      • Dorkly
      • Dictionary.com
      • Vimeo
    source: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/as-major-companies-plan-blackout-protest-where-has-the-mainstream-media-been-on-coverage-of-sopa/


    Cheers
     
  14. Vyndariel

    Vyndariel Registered Member

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    double post -,- sry - pls delete
     
  15. Kaistar

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    Nice!

    FUCK OFF SOPA!
     
  17. VyMarx

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    Sopa is going to die!
     
  18. JohnyJ

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    there is no way google, facebook , twitter, paypal and ebay will shut down for a day. They would all lose millions in a day without being active and quite frankly since no ones stealing from them, i don't think they'd give a fuck. It would be funny to see how much people panic if those sites did close for the day, "oh my god my farmville!"
     
  19. AGSniper

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    I'm sure they're not going to complete show down. Instead, they'll probably put something on the site that raises SOPA awareness.
     
  20. verilix

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    Google better not.. my sites all get 90ish% of their traffic from it.