162 million saw Wikipedia's SOPA/PIPA blackout page

The SOPA/PIPA blackout event on Wednesday is now over. The thousands of web sites that participated in some way in the online protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act bills are now fully working again, although many are still posting messages about their views against the bill.

The web site that shut down that had by far the biggest traffic was the English version of Wikipedia. Today the site posted up an update on their SOPA/PIPA protest, stating that over 162 million people viewed their blackout page on Wednesday. In addition, the tool that was provided on that page for people to look up their elected representatives was used by over eight million people.

Even though Wednesday's blackout is over, the fight to stop SOPA and PIPA will continue at Wikipedia. The site stated, "Keep calling your representatives! Tell them you believe in a free and open Internet!."

Debate over the SOPA bill in the US House of Representatives has been pushed back until sometime in February but the vote for PIPA is still scheduled to be held on Tuesday, January 24 in the US Senate, despite calls from many US Senators to call off the vote of the bill.

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chadlachlanross said,
Oh noes! People might have to go outside, interact with real people, go to a ... gasp... library!

Ahem, let me rephrase:

"Oh noes! People might have to go outside, interact with real people, go to a ... gasp... library!"
- John Stewart

Breach said,

Ahem, let me rephrase:

"Oh noes! People might have to go outside, interact with real people, go to a ... gasp... library!"
- John Stewart

John Stewart said that?

They didn't actually shutdown the servers, someone came up with a java script fix that enables you to get it back up by bookmarking the script and each time you get the blackout page you click on the bookmarked script and you can view the page just fine I tried it and it worked

RiverRaid said,
They didn't actually shutdown the servers, someone came up with a java script fix that enables you to get it back up by bookmarking the script and each time you get the blackout page you click on the bookmarked script and you can view the page just fine I tried it and it worked

Or you could just disable javascript on Wikipedia, preventing the black overlay from appearing.

I circumvented the system by pressing the stop button on my browser before the page completely loaded. TRUE STORY.

DClark said,
I circumvented the system by pressing the stop button on my browser before the page completely loaded. TRUE STORY.

considering wikipedia told you how to do it right on their site....

DClark said,
I circumvented the system by pressing the stop button on my browser before the page completely loaded. TRUE STORY.

Wikipedia had instructions on that "Learn More" page that told people how to bypass it. Unfortunately 80% of the internet is too stupid to read it.

DClark said,
I circumvented the system by pressing the stop button on my browser before the page completely loaded. TRUE STORY.

you must be really good at this, cause there is like milli seconds after it loads then goes off, I tried it but wasn't fast enough to stop it lol

DClark said,
I circumvented the system by pressing the stop button on my browser before the page completely loaded. TRUE STORY.

The proper way was disabling Javascript.

RiverRaid said,

you must be really good at this, cause there is like milli seconds after it loads then goes off, I tried it but wasn't fast enough to stop it lol

You can also hit the ESC key between the time the page loads and the Javascript pops up.

I just remember seeing this on my facebook feed "The ONE ****ing time I need wikipedia and wikipedia is protesting. Really?! what teacher assigns a wikipedia article?"

I had read all about it, but forgot it was happening. Only after I was searching on Wikipedia, and it blacked-out, then I remembered.

FMH said,
I had read all about it, but forgot it was happening. Only after I was searching on Wikipedia, and it blacked-out, then I remembered.

Yup that was the point! Wikipedia day long tantrum is over.. yes I said TANTRUM, along with google and those other sites that did the same thing.. That WAS the point, but what GOOD will it do.

NOTHING!

FMH said,
I had read all about it, but forgot it was happening. Only after I was searching on Wikipedia, and it blacked-out, then I remembered.

Same thing happened to me.

FMH said,
I had read all about it, but forgot it was happening. Only after I was searching on Wikipedia, and it blacked-out, then I remembered.

Yeah me too! I just viewed the page source and searched for the bit of the article I was looking for so was only a slight inconvinence

boumboqc said,
162 millions were mad.

I've been looking for anyone running a poll on whether or not the blackout(s) yesterday did a damn bit of good at all. I'm sure there was some impact, but at what cost of angry people?

ir0nw0lf said,

I've been looking for anyone running a poll on whether or not the blackout(s) yesterday did a damn bit of good at all. I'm sure there was some impact, but at what cost of angry people?

Theyll be alot angrier in the long run if those bills pass.

ir0nw0lf said,

I've been looking for anyone running a poll on whether or not the blackout(s) yesterday did a damn bit of good at all. I'm sure there was some impact, but at what cost of angry people?

Something like 20 senators, including some of the co sponsors, reversed their stance on the bill (PIPA)

ir0nw0lf said,

I've been looking for anyone running a poll on whether or not the blackout(s) yesterday did a damn bit of good at all. I'm sure there was some impact, but at what cost of angry people?

Apparently, only 81% weren't annoyed at all, according to MSNBC.

ir0nw0lf said,

I've been looking for anyone running a poll on whether or not the blackout(s) yesterday did a damn bit of good at all. I'm sure there was some impact, but at what cost of angry people?

Looking forward to that poll.

Where were those 162 million mad people when wikipedia was asking for donation? Just $1 from those people would have made wikipedia having enough fund for a few year.