Wikipedia Going Offline! Huge Protest!

by youngsiteowner Banned
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Ummmm... Serious problem for us internet marketers!

I found this: Wikipedia Blackout: Survive with These 12 Alternatives


The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) must be stopped!
#huge #offline #petition #protest #wikipedia
  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    You are seriously going to freak, because the Warrior Forum is planning to also go black for a day, if I understood correctly.

    A couple of my sites are also going black on the 18th, but with the click-through option.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    WHAT!?!?!?!

    Why did I just find out about this now???


    ...This is what Wikipedia has to say: Wikipedia
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Do you have a list of sites that are going down?
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

      Do you have a list of sites that are going down?

      I don't know if there is such a list.

      But I do know a lot of sites will be participating.

      I think it will be fun to do a contest to see who can find the largest number of blacked out sites on the 18th!!

      But I will probably be working instead. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
    Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

    Ummmm... Serious problem for us internet marketers!

    I found this: Wikipedia Blackout: Survive with These 12 Alternatives


    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) must be stopped!
    Craigslist also, but they only aren't completely black. You just need to wait before entering. The others may as well, I'd imagine. If it is gone completely for the day?

    It's just a day. You'll live.
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  • Profile picture of the author hardnova
    WikiP will be back on Thursday folks, no worries.

    Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

    Ummmm... Serious problem for us internet marketers!

    I found this: Wikipedia Blackout: Survive with These 12 Alternatives


    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) must be stopped!
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    You guys don;t know the half of it. Here are the sites I just found out will be going Offline on 1/18/2012:

    -Wikipedia
    -Warrior Forum
    -eBay
    -PayPal
    -Facebook
    -Twitter
    -AOL
    -Reddit
    -Etsy
    -GOOGLE
    -Mozilla
    -LinkedIn
    -Yahoo


    What do you think now? This is just a list of big sites. There are hundreds of other sites that are going offline.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexander K
      Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

      You guys don;t know the half of it. Here are the sites I just found out will be going Offline on 1/18/2012:

      -Wikipedia
      -Warrior Forum
      -eBay
      -PayPal
      -Facebook
      -Twitter
      -AOL
      -Reddit
      -Etsy
      -GOOGLE
      -Mozilla
      -LinkedIn
      -Yahoo


      What do you think now? This is just a list of big sites. There are hundreds of other sites that are going offline.
      Completely black or just with a black "enter" page?

      Read it could be either way. CL is doing the enter page method.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kay King
        Why did I just find out about this now???
        Because you haven't been reading threads here in the past week?

        Where did that list come from?

        Facebook previously said it wouldn't - same with twitter. They could have changed their mind but I find it hard to believe paypal would shut down or google, for that matter.

        Google does have a blackout banner (a black banner) covering it's logo tonight.

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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

      This is just a list of big sites. There are hundreds of other sites that are going offline.

      I'd say that tens of thousands of additional sites are going black on the 18th -- not hundreds.

      But most will go with the Black Entry Page.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    It could be black, redirection to eff.org, or just blacking out their logo. I'm not sure. Google has a blacked out logo now. So that list was more of websites taking part in the protest. But I know Wikipedia is going offline for sure.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    But I redirected my site to EFF.org. Anything to help. My site gets about 100 visitors per day so one day with a meta redirect won't hurt.
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  • Profile picture of the author THK
    Is this Google's protest? - https://www.google.com/

    They covered the company logo with solid black. Well I am glad at least they joined the protest.

    Even though it is unlikely, I hope they revise the proposal for the better.

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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Thank you everyone for the replies. I have been reading the Warrior Forum in the past week but never saw this. Well, today is the day and I suggest that all of you go to EFF.org or https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/ to vote against these acts.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    You guys are gonna like this. This is what Google says on https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/sopa-pipa/


    Law-abiding U.S. internet companies would have to monitor everything users link to or upload or face the risk of time-consuming litigation. That’s why AOL, EBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, Twitter, Yahoo and Zynga wrote a letter to Congress saying these bills “pose a serious risk to our industry’s continued track record of innovation and job-creation.” It’s also why 55 of America’s most successful venture capitalists expressed concern that PIPA “would stifle investment in Internet services, throttle innovation, and hurt American competitiveness”. More than 204 entrepreneurs told Congress that PIPA and SOPA would “hurt economic growth and chill innovation”.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Oh and here is a list of main sites in opposition: https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/community/



    American Express Company
    AOL
    Boing Boing
    BuzzFeed
    CloudFlare
    Copyblogger
    ConsumerBell
    Creative Commons
    Curse
    Daily Kos
    deviantART
    Discover
    Disqus
    DreamHost
    Dyn
    eBay
    Embedly
    Engine Advocacy
    ESET
    Etsy
    Facebook
    Fantagraphics
    foursquare
    Gandi
    Google
    GreenHostIt
    HostGator
    Hover
    I Can Has Cheezburger?
    IndieGoGo
    Internet Archive
    Irregular Times
    Jive Software
    Kaspersky Lab
    Kickstarter
    LinkedIn
    MetaFilter
    Mozilla
    Name.com
    Namecheap
    OpenDNS
    O’Reilly Radar
    Pastebin.com
    PayPal
    Quora
    Rackspace
    Reddit
    ReferralCanday
    Riot Games
    ServInt
    Scribd
    Teachers Pay Teachers
    Techdirt
    Torrentfreak
    Tucows
    Tumblr
    Twitter
    Ubu Web
    Uservoice
    Vimeo
    Webs, Inc.
    Wikipedia
    WordPress
    Yahoo!
    Y Combinator
    Zopim
    Zynga Game Network
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Oh sorry, that list should have expanded to all of the sites on the internet. I don't know one website owner that does or ever would want those acts in place.
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    That sucks a lot!
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    • Profile picture of the author Nightengale
      Everyone's political leanings and personal values are different and no one ever agrees completely with everyone else. So it seems to me that the best argument that can be made, one that Congress would actually UNDERSTAND, would be that SOPA and PIPA would 1) hurt jobs/job creation and 2) impact tax revenues -- negatively.

      If the media and Main Street made SOPA and PIPA a jobs/employment issue, I'd think that Congress would back off in a hurry. It would become a hot potato no one wants.

      And of course, if the business community made Congress understand that revenues would go down and therefore, taxes would go down, then Congress might think twice.

      Even if they DO pass, how likely is it that the bills would have teeth? Would they have the manpower and funding to be enforced? Chances are, probably not on a consistent, widespread basis. But passage of the bills would allow them to target websites/people/organizations for their own reasons whenever they felt like it for whatever "reason" they felt like.

      It makes you wonder...

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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    All of my sites are black now, redirected to EFF.org

    Already getting dozens of confused emails, LOL Had to put up an autoresponder for them because they are blowing up my phone.



    I have a little more faith that we will temporarily win this battle, now that Google has put up a Doodle. Haven't seen anything from Spambook yet, though.


    I do hope Netflix does not blackout... With everything else down, I don't want to have to go buy a TV and get the DVD player out of the closet!
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    • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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      Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

      All of my sites are black now, redirected to EFF.org

      Already getting dozens of confused emails, LOL Had to put up an autoresponder for them because they are blowing up my phone.



      I have a little more faith that we will temporarily win this battle, now that Google has put up a Doodle. Haven't seen anything from Spambook yet, though.


      I do hope Netflix does not blackout... With everything else down, I don't want to have to go buy a TV and get the DVD player out of the closet!
      Good job blacking out your sites. It helps us all.

      And you got that right about Netflix!
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    Wikipedia taking action alone i guess can stop the bill

    Thanks wiki for all the free services and the support now....
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeTucker
    Very happy the Warrior Forum is joining to. Thank you Allen!!!
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by MikeTucker View Post

      Very happy the Warrior Forum is joining to. Thank you Allen!!!

      You say that now. But what the heck am I going to be doing without my WF caffeine kick??
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  • Profile picture of the author kemper
    Google just placed "Black Banner" Across the name is all don't panic and it's for our benifit.
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  • Profile picture of the author youngsiteowner
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    Well, I think that websites and main street have already addressed the issue of job loss. Google definitely said it in their explanation of SOPA and PIPA.
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    • Profile picture of the author ChanceNine
      Originally Posted by youngsiteowner View Post

      Well, I think that websites and main street have already addressed the issue of job loss. Google definitely said it in their explanation of SOPA and PIPA.
      google will save the day!
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      • Profile picture of the author Targeted Traffic
        An estimated 30Million people will lose their jobs in case this law is passed...oh well...so much for protecting the American people :rolleyes:
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