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Any chance of StackExchange blacking out Jan 18, along with Reddit, in opposition of SOPA/PIPA?

Reddit will go down in protest to SOPA, a law that could, in theory, bring down SOFU, Reddit, and whatnot (probably some sites you like will go down, but I think not sites like Facebook or Twitter, solely for their popularity).

You probably know about all of that already.

This question is not "please bring down SO". Of course I love SO and I'd be a little annoyed if it goes down for a few hours or a day. Some people (IMO everyone against the idea of such a protest) wouldn't get any work done while SO is down.

Now, that makes me think it's a wonderful opportunity to make the people that depend on SO to get work done to:

  • Realize that they're being lazy some/most of the time (some users are like that)
  • Being forced to think for themselves for these few hours, potentially making them better users
  • See what SOPA would be like

and for SO it's an opportunity to:

  • Make its users see the value the site has for them
  • Since it will probably be tweeted g+ed and facebooked, it will draw attention to both SO and to SOPA (even for non-SO users!)
  • Show how much the site cares about doing something significant (I'd see SO in a completely different light after such a thing)
  • Save some bandwidth ;)

...All of that in the account of SOPA, but it could be good for more than just warning its user base about the to-be Great Firewall of America.

And I know some people don't care. Some also won't care about global warming until there's any effect on their lives, others didn't care about hitler assuming power until he did, etc. There's a lot of short-sighted people, and those are the ones that will benefit the most from seeing SOPA does apply to them too and it's real

So, before this question gets closed as not constructive: it's about wether SOPA is presenting an opportunity (an excuse) to blackout the site for it's own profit (and of its users).

marked as duplicate by jonsca, Mat, Jeff Atwood Jan 11 '12 at 10:55

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    This question is NOT an exact duplicate. It was closed just because it annoyed moderators. Guess what, SOPA is not in my country and I care more than you. – Camilo Martin Jan 11 '12 at 13:32
  • Could I see a link to the duplicate? I want to read what everyone said – Gabriel Fair Jan 11 '12 at 15:01
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    @GabrielFair There's no duplicate. – Camilo Martin Jan 12 '12 at 12:23
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    @GabrielFair meta.stackexchange.com/q/118612/176881 – user176881 Jan 14 '12 at 5:43
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    @simplesekret that question is about asking if SO will be blacking along with reddit. My question is if such a thing would have beneficial effects outside of SOPA. I could well have left reddit and SOPA out of all I said and the question would remain. – Camilo Martin Jan 14 '12 at 5:53
  • I know the question is big, but it feels bad that some people did not read it. I don't know if I'm supposed to post shorter questions or what. – Camilo Martin Jan 14 '12 at 5:56
  • Well, I don't see the point in making a distinction between "Would blacking out the site be of benefit" and "Will the site be blacked out". I think that's the general sense of those voting this as "Exact duplicate". – user176881 Jan 17 '12 at 7:26

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