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At 1/17/12 05:15 PM, TomFulp wrote:At 1/17/12 05:10 PM, Bahamut wrote: Is this the WHOLE site going down or just front page as you previously stated?Really just the front page, so you can still find the rest if you come in from behind.
Great, so I can still hang out on NG all day.
Any one notice how news companies couldn't be bothered with this until the threat of a blackout became a reality?
Type in sopa now, and instead of getting information on the position of the two bills themselves, all the shitheads that didn't give a damn two days ago are spewing information we knew weeks ago.
The day I become Level 15, huh that's cool. Hopefully I can get in before the blackout. I support your decision Tom!
At 1/18/12 12:01 AM, Chumbawamba wrote: Bye bye Wikipedia!
WHAT!!! I HAVE SO MUCH ESSAYS THAT I NEED TO COPY AND PASTE!!
Wikipedia has already started the blackout
...is it me or has politics suddenly become a series of mandatory lightning rounds in a mandatory game show?
At 1/18/12 12:05 AM, BSTHEDOG wrote:At 1/18/12 12:01 AM, Chumbawamba wrote: Bye bye Wikipedia!WHAT!!! I HAVE SO MUCH ESSAYS THAT I NEED TO COPY AND PASTE!!
That's all right dude, you can just use a non-English language Wiki article, just have to learn the language first.
Great news and excellent political move Tom. I truly hope that Newgrounds is represented accurately in the history of the interbuttZz for it's efforts against censorship and copyright laws.
Newgrounds is the one website that I tell my friends is cool NOT just because of the hilarious creative content (although there's a lot of that) but, for the philosophical actions that the Administrators have made over the years.
I mostly blab to them about how Newgrounds has not sold out to larger corporations like Fox/Ebaums although it's a competitive top 500 (100?) website and could probably use that cash to hire a larger team to produce projects in a faster time (lol, layout redesign).
Additionally, I speak to them about the concept underlying Newgrounds. The "everything, by everyone" concept that is the sites slogan. The slogan represents an effort in producing quality media together that was entirely made by independent artists. Everyone helps everyone out with producing a truly independent piece web content. By doing this the creators by-pass any copyright legal issues and at the same time give exposure to the artists that made it. And in an ideal world this exposure would lead to the artist obtaining financially sustaining jobs. Jobs that are ultimately their creative passion (lolcock jokes).
By embracing this blackout situation you've added another reason to my list, give Newgrounds more street-cred, and give all of us another reason to continue supporting Newgrounds!
SO Thanks Tom!
Tom: I think you're making a very brave, courageous, and sensible move. I know people will gripe, complain, and moan about the blackout, but the essential challenge to our liberties presented by SOPA is monumentally more important to me and everyone else who needs the internet for information than whether or not web-surfing is less easy for a day.
The fact is that if SOPA comes into effect without opposition, this will be the case for every website that tries to innovate, be it with flash or information.
It feels like we're making history.
I'm hoping that the government will panick and give up on SOPA because of the Blackout. Millions...no, billions of people will be upset by the blackout, and they will ultimately turn against SOPA for the sake of their beloved sites.
At 1/18/12 12:41 AM, Drony wrote: aaand Google has started
Yup so has wikipedia. Use google cache if anyone needs to see a site.
I support websites blacking out. I'm glad so many are taking a stand and letting their voices be heard. Newgrounds ia a popular site as well, so a few people should send a message to their Congressmen.
I did so already. Not that my words alone will do any good. But it collects to the ones who sent messages already. Enough voices say something, they have more pressure on them to listen.
The Internet is uniting for a common enemy. The Internet is a culture, in the end. What's beautiful is how we are all far away, and yet we can be united. Consideration is going on to destroy that? This should not be stand for.
"Soup actually isn't a spam crew ... Except for Narcissy, that guy sucks." - ih8dude
Stand tall and proud, this is a good move Tom. Actually you guys should just stand, walk around, and actually move...seriously...y'all spend far too much time on the internet anyway.
Your legs...oh god, your poor, blubbery things that were once legs.
Just walk away...
At 1/18/12 12:52 AM, SolidMario7 wrote:At 1/18/12 12:41 AM, Drony wrote: aaand Google has startedYup so has wikipedia. Use google cache if anyone needs to see a site.
I'm surprised Urban Dictionary is on this.
Google already went black.
Though it kind of looks like the protest against opposing gay marriage, so...
CLARITY IN YOUR PROTESTS!
It matters. :)
At 1/17/12 05:00 PM, TomFulp wrote: To answer the question everyone has been asking, YES, we are going to participate in the Internet blackout tomorrow in protest of SOPA / PIPA.
Read my SOPA post for more info about how SOPA would impact Newgrounds. While the bill has faced recent setbacks, it is still a looming threat to the Internet, as is PIPA.
We need to make it clear that we will not tolerate anything that establishes government censorship of the Internet, no matter what the intentions.
SOPA is bullshit, it needs to be immediately destroyed.
Just the fact that websites can be taken down because of just one small picture WITHOUT FAIR TRIAL is a good example of how much its BS and violates our constitutional rights.
DOWN WITH SOPA!! BLACKOUT IN PROTEST
So If they pass this thing, Does that mean If I wanna submit to NG I have to make my stuff E for everyone? That would be horrible!
No silly adult stuff to piss people off :,(
I can't believe the people behind SOPA/PIPA don't see the negative aftermath of this decision if this stupid bill comes to pass.