[Foundation-l] Fwd: Wikipedia is considering going dark to protest SOPA and PIPA

Philippe Beaudette philippe at wikimedia.org
Sat Jan 14 18:42:54 UTC 2012

To be very clear: a decision on English Wikipedia to take action on this is
not binding on Commons.
Philippe Beaudette
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On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 3:23 AM, Svip <svippy at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 14 January 2012 12:20, Yaroslav M. Blanter <putevod at mccme.ru> wrote:
> > On Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:58:41 +0000, Tom Morris <tom at tommorris.org>
> wrote:
> >
> >> I think the concern will be dependent on whether Commons is covered in
> >> the blackout (and whether the 'full' shutdown goes ahead or the
> >> 'pop-up plus banners' that seems to be getting most traction on
> >> enwiki).
> >>
> >> I'm seeing a rough consensus for action on English Wikipedia, and
> >> German Wikipedians seem to be up for acting in solidarity, but, as
> >> I've said on the page on enwiki, I don't see how enwiki consensus for
> >> a SOPA action ought to bind other proejcts including Commons and the
> >> English sister projects.
> >>
> >
> > Commons most likely will only run a banner. There is currently a straw
> > poll abut it. The blackout has not even been seriously discussed. (And I
> > personally think it will not be a good idea because many hotlinks to
> > Commons files would just disappear without any explanation in case of the
> > blackout - not something which add us much credibility).
> Is there talk about blackout on the files or just the pages?  I don't
> think a blackout on Commons would have the effect you described.
> 'Hotlinked images' from Commons would continue to work as normal.
> Including images in a blackout is usually a bit more work than usual
> (Apache rewrite rules, etc.), while pages can simply be caught with a
> quick and dirty MW-extension (or even just JavaScript).
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