[Foundation-l] Blackout at Italian Wikipedia

User:Matthewrbowker matthewrbowker.wiki at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 14:36:08 UTC 2011

Of all the ways to protest the law, I think it.wp chose the most noticeable way.  If something like a sitenotice were implemented, many people would just scroll past it.  Even if not, they would only read it a couple times, because people access Wikipedia for the content.  OTOH, just locking
Editing privileges would only impact the people who are already aware of the proposed law.  The protest would have no impact on the readership.

Just my two cents

Matthew Bowker
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On Oct 5, 2011, at 8:03, Domas Mituzas <midom.lists at gmail.com> wrote:

>> The only thing we truly could do is restore read access. But if the
>> it.wikipedia community really wants to strike, there's very little we
>> can do to stop them. :)
> I sure agree with that. There're plenty of ways to inflict pain without terminating the service entirely. 
> Editor strike means not editing, it doesn't mean full service downtime.
> Full-page banners or whatever else may work, of course. 
> When writers guild went on strike, we could still watch old stuff, right, it wasn't pulled ;-)
> If doctors go on strike, people are still allowed to live, retroactive disease correction is not done...
> How do we deal with an editor who starts deleting his contributions out of spite? 
> Domas
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