Please take a moment to watch this video on the horrible PROTECT-IP act. If it passes — and it looks like it has a very good chance of passing — sites like RocWiki may have to be shut down due to extraordinary legal costs.
Please https://wfc2.wiredforchange.com/o/9042/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8173 sign this petition to help stop the bill.
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2011-11-16 12:52:24 For the record, many people also think this does not have anywhere near the teeth some are saying it does. I personally think this is a case of people acting like chicken little. The sky isn't falling. —BadFish
2011-11-16 15:36:41 I've spoken to others who are EXTREMELY concerned. I think there are people with opinions on both sides and I'm not going to discount either when the gov't is involved.—PeteB
2011-11-17 09:56:28 I'm definitely concerned as well —DamianKumor
2011-11-17 13:31:33 I am not concerned at all. —WestSideB
2011-11-17 14:45:51 Well it removes the safe harbor component of the DCMA making RocWiki accountable for the actions of its users...that pretty much makes a wiki impossible to manage. —DamianKumor
2011-11-17 15:08:19 Yeah, still not concerned. I think we'll all survive. —WestSideB
2011-11-17 17:24:28 Damian, can you point to the lines in the text of the legislation that will do that?
2011-11-18 08:22:51 BF, you're just trolling —DamianKumor
2011-11-18 11:08:06 Play nice guys...please respect those with views alternate to yours. —PeteB
2011-11-18 17:11:57 No, seriously. I am not for or against it because I am not sure if the text of the bill would really do what everyone says it will. Not trolling at all. As much as I like some of the companies and web sites against it, I cannot take their word for it that the bill says it will do they say it will do. I want citations from the actual legislation. (Honestly, no ill will meant behind this.) —BadFish
2012-01-18 00:09:50 It's been January 18th - Blackout Wednesday - for a few minutes now, and I visited hoping to see RocWiki.org blacked out. What are the chances of this happening? House members from the Rochester and WNY areas have been mum on their support for SOPA, and both of our NYS Senators openly support PIPA. We need constituents - and RocWiki users and contributors - to keep the pressure on... —daverea
2012-01-18 11:02:04 The above comment was the first community request for a blackout. I'm not 100% sure what to make of this.
This is a trivial thing to implement on the technical side, and I would do so in a heartbeat. But I think, to be maximally effective, the desire to do so must come from the community. It's the difference between "I, the Sysadmin, decree that this content shall not be served" and "We, the Community of Creators of the Content, decree that this content shall not be served." But the RocWiki community has been largely silent.
In short, I'm not going to unilaterally restrict access to others' content based on what I believe to be the "right" thing to do.
Should I have pursued this more actively, as a community member? Probably. Sometimes I forget that RocWiki is a big thing, and I have a lot of influence here. Ultimately, though, I serve the community, and I try to listen more than I speak. (I also go to sleep before midnight and don't check my e-mail until pretty late in the day, which is why it's nearly 11 hours in and there's still no "official" response. :-) —RyanTucker
2012-01-18 19:59:15 The Obama Administration does not support this bill. So he can still veto it. I know vetoes can be overridden but let's home it doesn't come to that. —EileenF
2012-01-20 15:10:22 not really productive —DamianKumor