Stupid People Freaking Out About the Great (Intended) Wikipedia Blackout of 2012

To be expected, and I think Gawker has found some of the best ones:


Youth is no excuse … I call the members of this generation (and their educators) who are so confused, the WikiStupid.

  • Caelidh


    • adrian

      Jan, is that you? lol.

  • Dave James

    They never heard of a library, and these things they call encyclopedias.

  • Aeternumlucis


  • Brad13y

    if only everyone knew all you had to do was press the esc button before it goes black…

    • Gergith

      Good call; I’ve just been using Google Cache; Either way 😉

  • HangAllCrackersOnSite

    lol they are dumb

  • Jonas

    People could’ve just gone to instead. Almost a full mirror of Wikipedia along with actual encyclopedic entries to cross-reference with. (or they could’ve turned off JavaScript in browser settings).

  • jkebeans

    go to the library!  so sad.

  • Jarel

    Google: Ron Paul only GOP candidate to publicly denounce SOPA

  • Matthew Arnold Pacey

    RE: The “OMG OMG OMG” person… what use is Wikipedia to someone who can’t read?
    You know, since the blackout page clearly states what happened to Wikipedia: “For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest
    encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is
    considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open
    Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out
    Wikipedia. Learn more.”

  • Matthew Arnold Pacey

    …and if you click ‘Learn more,’  you’ll find out *right on Wikipedia* how to circumvent the blackout… “Is it still possible to access Wikipedia in any way?
    Yes. During the blackout, Wikipedia is accessible on mobile devices
    and smart phones. You can also view Wikipedia normally by disabling
    JavaScript in your browser, as explained on this Technical FAQ page.
    Our purpose here isn’t to make it completely impossible for people to
    read Wikipedia, and it’s okay for you to circumvent the blackout. We
    just want to make sure you see our message.”

  • DeepCough

    Just because Wikipedia was down for the day doesn’t mean you can’t go to Encyclopedia Dramatica
    ( today.

    • Redacted

      ED is more reliable anyway.

    • Teebers

      Or get your ass up and go to the library.

  • songy darko

    No way, this was supposed to call attention to the matter. It worked you know..

  • JaceD

    “How long is this black out thing? Cause I have a paper to write” – Tony A

    If anyone uses Wikipedia as their source of information in their academic life they might as well quit now.

    • Ceausescu

      Not sure if trolling…

      • JaceD

        Definitely trolling.

        • Ceausescu

          You didn’t get it. Academic life ? What planet do you live on ?

          • JaceD

            Mars bro, what planet do you live on?

          • Jørgen

            So the author itself didn’t get what he wrote? But you did? Interesting…

  • Mr Willow

    Yeah, who cares that entire portions of the internet could potentially be cordoned off because of entertainment industry lobbyists. Someone has a paper due. 

  • Glendurrant

    gosh. your’re a patronizing and presumptuous little boy aren’t you. some of their generation built the systems you spout on.

  • Jak Odin Gem

    You can’t even use wikipedia as a reference when citing so why complain about that?

    • Dunham C Lockhart

      Sure you can, unless your professeur is a nazi, or better yet you can use their sources

  • Kant Read

    My favorite is the existential quandary over that ‘philosophy shit’.

  • steve

    Is idorts.