Wikipedia shut down Wednesday to protest two Internet-regulation bills Congress is considering. The site clearly states:
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.
That didn't stop high school students writing term papers from freaking out and wondering whether the protest was closer to Wiki-mageddon.
One Twitter feed under the name Herpderpedia became the collecting point for tweeter-dees who hadn't bothered to do their own research into the wiki shutdown.
NOO WIKIPEDIA I NEED INFORMATION FOR MY ESSAY RIGHT NOW WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?!?!?! tweeted Harry Gibson.
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not just wikipedia that's being victimised. do obama and his cronies realise how inconvenient they are being?! tweeted Eilidh Wright.
Many rants cussed out Obama, Wikipedia and used foul language liberally.
Katie Notopoulos, a Brooklyn-based blogger, also highlighted some of the posts from confused Wikipedia users.
Thanks a lot congress you just made my homework that much harder. Screw you Wikipedia! wrote Kaleb Hogan.