We would like to ENCOURAGE all INFOdocket readers to CONTACT their representatives in Congress and let them know that SOPA/PIPA is bad legislation.
We wrestled with the topic but decided to remain online and posting today. This might change if future blackouts take place. We fully support those sites who decided to go dark today.
Taking a site, especially a large web site, offline is challenging.
However, of the largest and most well-known sites to “go dark” today, the English language version of Wikipedia could have done a better job in their effort.
Yes, Wikipedia’s involvement earned the black out a lot of press attention in the run-up to today’s events but to learn that some versions of Wikipedia (via the Wikipedia.org domain) are still available reduces the overall effectiveness of the protest and is disappointing.
1. The mobile version of Wikipedia (also accessible on the desktop) is available. This was reported last night by the Wall Street Journal and by Forbes this morning. The mobile version of Wikipedia gets millions of visitor requests each day.
3. We’ve learned that the Simple English version of Wikipedia is available today.
4. Interesting and surprising. Wikia, a commercial site, co-founded by Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales (he has also taken his personal site dark) IS ONLINE and available today. The site does have a banner with informative material about SOPA if clicked.
See Also: Interview with Jimmy Wales: Why Wikipedia went down at midnight? (via CNN)