Do you want to read Wikipedia today?

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  1. Shivetya macrumors 68000

    Jan 16, 2008
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    Jan 18, 2005
  3. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    You can also just hit Escape on every page, since it loads the page first, then the overlay message second.

    NoScript/JavaScript blocker works.

    As does using the mobile version of the English site.

    I just think people should do without for a day. I don't even know what people use Wikipedia for so frequently that they're so reliant on it. I maybe use it a few times a week, at best.
  4. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    This is all good advice. Over-reliance on any tool is a bad thing. At the same time, I'm glad that the Wikipedia used such a transparent block on their site so students or others needing access today can get it easily.

    Hitting the escape key to abort the script from running was a brilliant bit of thought. :cool: I love to see solutions to a problem that never ever would have occurred to me.
  5. roisin and mac macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    Two reasons for me:

    1) I am a curious person who used to read the *printed* encyclopedia for kicks, except it sucked because the information was at least a few years out of date and only covered a small selection of topics (mainly what you might call 'high-brow' topics). Connections between entries were only at the most basic level, as was the multiple coontextualization that is a basic tenet with Wikipedia (see disambiguation pages). It also had little other than text (and historical documents were never worth the extra space it took to reproduce them photographically, so they were always reproduced as text), and of course, no sound or moving images.

    2) I don't have access to a library, any article bank, or anything else other than publicly accessible websites. Of those, Wikipedia is by far and away the one with the most 'juice' in terms of learning new stuff and satisfying the aforementioned endless curiosity about topics ranging from philosophical concepts and human and animal anatomy to bubblegum pop and obscure one-hit wonders.

    So if you only use wikipedia 'a few times a week at best', you are probably either deadly dull with no interests beyond what can be fed by television, or you have the privilege of having more sources of information and can therefore afford to be picky.

    Because in addition to being curious I am also (trying to be) tolerant and think the best of people, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and go for the latter until and unless you prove to be the former :p
  6. malman89 macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Well, one thing not mentioned is that I don't have time to goof Wiki at work like I think many do :p and yes, I do still have access to my university online resources and use them all the time.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I didn't miss wikipedia at all There were a few sites that I wanted to hit yesterday but participated in the strike. No big deal, I deferred my work till today.

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