How to Eliminate Wikipedia Blackout and Access Wiki Pages

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Wikipedia Blackout

Wikipedia community has blacked out the English language version of their website to protest anti-piracy legislation under consideration in Congress. The Wikipedia homepage now displays a link which leads the visitors to a page with information on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The website will be in darkness for 24 hours. Wikipedia is considered one of the Internet’s most popular website with millions of visitors daily.

Wikipedia Blackout

“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”, that message appears on their every Wiki page.

Most popular & strong technology companies, such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, eBay, AOL have also spoken out against the legislation & they said, ‘It threatens the industry’s livelihood and some other companies have announced plans to go dark in protest as well.

As we all know that in protest of SOPA, Wikipedia is on 24 hour blackout protest. Though we are supporting the Wikipedia for the protest but if you are Chrome users and need to know about something and desperately and want to browse the wiki pages, then we have a tweak for you. We have tested this tweak only for Chrome browser  To do so, just follow the steps given below and you will be able to browse the Wiki pages:

Google Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome web browser.
  • Click on gear icon at the top right corner.
  • Click menu on Tools -> Options.
  • Click Under the Hood tab, then click Content settings button.
  • Click JavaScript tab and disable Disable JavaScript in Chrome.
  • And, you are done!

Enjoy surfing on Wiki pages, even in blackout situation!

Important: We are also against SOPA and support the Wikipedia’s movement against it. This tweak has been shared just for informational purposes only. Please use it only if you are required to access Wiki urgently.

Tanmay is a Mumbai-based professional blogger and freelance columnist, working in the Technology journalism industry for last four years. He spends most of his time interacting with like-minded group of people on social media and contributing proactively onto several online discussion forums and websites. Meanwhile when he is not working, he is best viewed on Quora and YouTube.
  • Mister Lee

    Plus, most important, you are telling the users to DISABLE javacript completely off the chrome, and then here after users will be wondering why their websites arent working well for them..

    If you want to bypass or disable java on Wikipedia for one day blackout, the better advice will be…

    Click on wrench menu ( gear icon ) at the top right corner.
    Click menu on Tools > Options.
    Click Under the Hood tab, then click Content settings button.
    in JAVASCRIPTS section, Click “manage Exceptions”
    Add wikipedia to host and on to right select “block”

    and also, once the blackout over, make sure you take out the exception rule.

    this is supposed to be geeks club, so i guess the writers should at-least maintain a bit of standard of quality and usability in the articles, or atleast that’s what the users except.

    • http://www.facebook.com/TSPatange Tanmay Patange

      Hello Mister Lee, First of all thanks for your feedback! Yes, I am completely agree with you. After blocking the JavaScript users will not able to use some other websites very well, just like they will not able to access Facebook chatting. So, we can manage exceptions to surf without facing difficulties & after that we don’t have to forget to enable it once again.

      • Mister Lee

        Sure there are lot of angles to look at it. but if i have to agree with you, In that case a post with title “How to disable javascript” will be apt. not “How to Eliminate Wikipedia Blackout and Access Wiki Pages”. they kept the blackout for a reason. bypassing that by any means, means increasing traffic like normal, which goes against the “support”.

        and the line “Enjoy surfing on Wiki pages, even in blackout situation!”, sounds so anti-support.

  • Mister Lee

    No matter what, “for informational purpose” is perfect BS. For informational purpose, heres another article “how to kill someone’.. sigh!!

    This is not how you support the movement.

    Supporting the blackouts. Give internet voice and liberty. Stop SOPA/PIPA

    • http://www.facebook.com/TSPatange Tanmay Patange

      First of all, I am completely against SOPA & PIPA. But, after all our goal is to provide a platform of the central information portal for geeks and general IT users. That’s why I posted it just for informational purposes only :-)

  • Mukul

    and this is how you support the movement??
    i know its useful when required.. but still..!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/TSPatange Tanmay Patange

      First of all, I am completely against SOPA & PIPA. But, after all our goal is to provide a platform of the central information portal for geeks and general IT users. That’s why I posted it just for informational purposes only :-)