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Why has the SOPA banner disappeared from the site header?
Would it be possible to organize the stackoverflow community to oppose SOPA?

I saw the new article on They are protesting against SOPA/PIPA. As a one of the biggest community on the web and with so many web technologist, coder, designers statexcahge should also raise its voice against it.

I was thinking if we can add a banner on all stackexchage sites sidebar to protest against SOPA.

Non US people can still sign the petition. while people on USA can still get more active stop it. 24th jan is nearby and i feel the responsibility to spread the word to protest against SOPA bill. I believe you all does it too.


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marked as duplicate by Wesley Murch, Arjan, Rosinante, BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 15 '12 at 17:35

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So, although the pro SOPA people are ignoring a resolution by the European Parliament, you think a banner on StackExchange will help? – Yannis Jan 15 '12 at 10:08
@ZaphodBeeblebrox: I don't know how much it will help but its a matter of right and wrong. Surely there might be a better way to stop piracy. And it will effect the whole web. And as a web professional it will surely have a effect on our businesses. – Sisir Jan 15 '12 at 10:20
@Purmou: Yes i saw that post. I don't feel if we add a banner "Raise your voice against SOPA" it won't be like talking for all community. People who don't like it won't click it. – Sisir Jan 15 '12 at 10:21
its a matter of right and wrong So if I support SOPA, I'm wrong? – Yannis Jan 15 '12 at 10:23
This already happened and reception was mixed. (the second post is actually +81 -79) – Wesley Murch Jan 15 '12 at 10:23
@ZaphodBeeblebrox: I would like to know why you think you are right – Sisir Jan 15 '12 at 10:26
@Sisir: Exactly. That kind of conflict is the issue here. Would somebody that supports it like to see a banner against it on a site they frequent? It's like, if someone doesn't like pizza, do you shove pizza in their face? – Mystery Jan 15 '12 at 10:28
@Purmou: Err... who doesn't like pizza? ;) But seriously, who among us actually supports SOPA (I'm assuming Zaphod is playing Devil's Advocate)? Honestly, am I only seeing one side of the issue or is there a valid reason to actively support them? – Wesley Murch Jan 15 '12 at 10:31
@Madmartigan: I can't imagine anyone not liking pizza, but it was just an example. And there isn't only supporting SOPA or not--there's also supporting the company-wide opposition or not. Someone could be against having the banner up but still be against SOPA (and just so it's known, I'm one of those people). But I think the issue of reflecting the community's voice still stands. – Mystery Jan 15 '12 at 10:33
@Purmou: Point taken, I think we're on the same page. Anyways, this has been well covered here and elsewhere. – Wesley Murch Jan 15 '12 at 10:34
@Madmartigan: It has, but I can't see a valid close reason (there are no dupes and it's still a valid question, so...) which is why I answered. (Plus I can't vote to close :P). – Mystery Jan 15 '12 at 10:36
"cannibalism is a crime no matter how you slice it" hope the pun was intended :) Possibly related: How can I tell if a corpse is safe to eat? Let's move it to cannibalism.stackexchange guys... – Wesley Murch Jan 15 '12 at 11:12
So you people first oppose SOPA, then pizza and now cannibalism? What's next, waffles? – Yannis Jan 15 '12 at 11:22
I salute you, keep fighting the good fight. Just not here, please. – Yannis Jan 15 '12 at 12:10
You know what we need? A banner on MSO to get people to stop asking about SOPA. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Jan 15 '12 at 17:35

It would be in the company's best interest to remain neutral.

Since this company is heavily oriented towards and essentially run by its user community (and pretty much only overseen and operated behind-the-scenes by its staff), it can't speak out on behalf of the entire community for or against a certain issue, especially a political one like this.

Doing so could override those in the community who may have a different view on the matter, so it wouldn't be something that the entire community supports (which is really the important thing here—it's not a community when its population is divided).

Wikipedia (whose community also 'runs' the site) is polling its users as to what they should do regarding this issue (and it could go either way at this point). I don't think this would be a valid approach for SE because the voices of the people who voted against it would still have no part in the final decision.

And there's already been a banner. (As @Madmartigan pointed out, reception was 'mixed').


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Wouldn't taking that reasoning to extremes, also imply we should no longer remove offensive posts? Or no longer remove spam? Or no longer require English on these sites? – Arjan Jan 15 '12 at 15:01
Oh, I'm fairly sure Jeff has no problem with overriding the community. – John Jan 15 '12 at 18:14
@Arjan Taking any reasoning to extremes is always a bad idea, and should never be used to argue for/against something, IMO. – Andrew Barber Jan 15 '12 at 21:25

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