In the popular gag site, 9gag.com, user 'jolinerae' has uploaded a post titled Don’t panic. I printed all of Wikipedia out last night on Jan. 19 and it's gone viral.
On Jan 18, Wikipedia had blacked out its English version site in protest against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act). To prepare for the blackout, jolinerae had apparently printed out the entire Wikipedia site. Tell me what you want to know and I'll fax you the page, he says.
Well, this could be a gag but it might leave us with a wry smile if actually we come across a day when Wikipedia really decides to shut down permanently (God forbid!).
Actually, the information in Wikipedia must be beyond our imagination. The Multilingual web-based free-content encyclopedia boasts of 26,014,713 pages in total. And more than 82,000 active contributors are working on more than 19,000,000 articles in more than 270 languages.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world collectively make tens of thousands of edits and create thousands of new articles to augment the knowledge held by the Wikipedia encyclopedia Wikipedia said. The site draws over 75 million unique visitors every month.
The Netizens reacted to jolinerae's post by leaving comments like That's not even 1% of Wikipedia, this is the limited pocket edition, and It's just the Table of Contents.
One even said the font size must be 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000000000001.
But imagine what will happen if all of Wikipedia's contents goes offline one day because of SOPA and PIPA?