Today, I had something amusing happen to me today. I decided to install the Opera browser on my newly installed Linux Mint operating system, and the first place I logged into was WordPress. I immediately thought I had done something wrong when I adjusted the settings on my Opera browser because all I saw was this: My first reaction was that Opera had a funny censored setting or something, so I browsed through the settings again to figure out how to turn it off. I really didn’t think WordPress was highlighting a bunch of stuff that was censored anyway, so I figured the browser was screwing up. After about ten minutes of looking, I could not figure out how to turn off the setting or even if there was one. I just sat at my desk trying to figure out what had happened. I decided to do a couple of Google searches to see if there were any writings on the Internet that discussed Opera censoring stuff. No luck, so I decided to move on and not worry about it.
An hour later, I came back to WordPress to see if I still had the same problem because I had not experienced it again. Once again, I saw the same thing, and I could not figure out what was going on. I decided to look through Opera’s online documentation to figure out what had happened. Once again, no luck. I came back to WordPress again to start a blog post about my frustration when I noticed the censored images were linked. I looked down at the bottom bar to see what the address was, and I saw: http://sopastrike.com/strike
That is when it hit me that WordPress was participating in the online protest against SOPA and PIPA. When you click on the censored link, you get taken to a page that looks like this: I am just glad I finally figured out what was going on. I would probably have figured it out sooner had I not just installed Opera on my computer then tried to go to WordPress. My troubleshooting mind immediately targeted the new Web browser as the culprit because everything worked just fine the last time I visited WordPress in Firefox. Of course, this was before the protest began.
I am sure I will laugh about this for a few days.
- 4 Decent Anti SOPA Plugins for WordPress (wpjedi.com)
- Fellowship is joining the protest against Internet censorship (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- Who, besides Wikipedia, is going dark and why (zdnet.com)
- SOPA protest swells as Google, Scribd, and WordPress join (arstechnica.com)
- Using Opera Unite to defeat SOPA? (decisionstats.com)