On 18 January 2012 23:59, Ryan Lane <rlane32(a)gmail.com> wrote:
So, this will be my last comment on this.
In the time frame we had to implement this, it wasn't possible to do a
100% blackout that would have been completely impenetrable. There were
a number of suggestions that could have blacked everything out
completely, but very, very likely would have broken things in a way
that would have lasted more than the blackout period. We have to
1. Search engines
2. Our caches
3. Upstream caches
4. API users
5. Screen scrapers
6. Things we didn't have time to consider <-- this is a big one
The goal was to inform as many people as possible about the effects of
the bills, and I think we were effective at doing so.
The sites have gone down accidentally on numerous occasions and any
user trying to access them just got an error message. The world didn't
seem to end on any of those occasions...