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I’m Going Dark on the 18th

Take your site black on the 18th. Join the movement.

If you don’t know what’s going on….

You may have heard people talking/blogging/twittering about SOPA — the Stop Online Piracy Act. The recent SOPA-related boycott of GoDaddy was all over the news, with many people expressing their outrage over the possibilities of SOPA, but when I ask people about SOPA and its sister bill in the Senate, PIPA (Protect IP Act), many don’t really know what the bills propose, or what we stand to lose. If you are not freaked out by SOPA/PIPA, please: for the next four minutes, instead of checking Facebook statuses, seeing who mentioned you on Twitter, or watching the latest episode of Sherlock*, watch this video (by Fight for the Future).


So right. This is something that could tank every single website on the net, for having a video, or a comment with copywritten text. It’s overboard beyond belief. And that’s the mild version. Now, if you’ve been paying attention to the news, you probably don’t know anything. Because the news hasn’t really been talking about this. Which means you may not know that the White House said ‘no’ to SOPA. Great, right, we won!

Nope. No we did not. What we did was delay things. SOPA and PIPA are still threats. So is PROTECT-IP, and so is a lot of similar legislation that will be pushed at us, willynilly, in the coming months. This doesn’t devalue the goal a lot of us have of going dark on the 18th, for at least 8 hours.

What? You didn’t hear about that either? That, going dark, is the brainchild of Reddit. Reddit is a well-known-if-you’re-a-nerd site where people talk about anything. I love it. They decided Stopped they must be; on this all depends. Which is a fancy way of saying ‘We’re going dark on the 18th for 8 hours. Join us.’ A lot of people plan to.

Who’s going dark? A lot of people. A lot of people. Big people too, like Cheezeburger:

That’s right, all of the cheezeburger sites. That includes all the FAIL blogs too. Gone. BoingBoing, another nerdtopia site will be dark as well.

And as of today, the 16th, WikiPedia is in:

(I wish they’d publicize the code they’re going to use, but I’ll live without it.)

Need technical help on how to go dark? I posted some generic advice for WordPress and some generic scripts for any PHP driven site at Ipstenu on Tech:  SOPA Blackout but if you need more, my home-girl Amy has her own list of how-to’s for going dark.

If you’re on, I took a little riff off the code blackroseheart came up with and made something that would work as a text widget on, Blogger, and it’s ‘somewhat’ easily put on Tumblr: (If you’re using the 2011 theme on WordPress, put this in the FOOTER widgets).

So I’m going dark. I’m taking my sites dark. Even that one you think I wouldn’t have the balls to do. And I’m not warning anyone on that site. If you read it here, you know, otherwise Wednesday will shock you. And that is, actually, my point. Too many of you don’t know. Well, on Wednesday, you will. And if you’re worried about how this will impact your site on search engines, don’t be, just use 503 headers where you can.

Please join me. Take down the internet to show that any legislation of this type is something we the people will not stand for.

4 replies on “I’m Going Dark on the 18th”

Hey, thanks for the trackback! Looking forward to *not* seeing you on the 18th. 😉

(btw, what is the site people don’t think you have the balls to blackout? I’m not familiar with your blog.)

LOL Nice!

FYI there’s been a development on the SOPA front, however the blackout protest is still going to happen. The update is on my post that you linked. I updated my code to reflect the change.

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