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).