Most of us will be able to cope when the Cheezburger Network goes offline tomorrow. But news that Wikipedia is joining protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) is more serious. The “blackout” on all 3,847,673 of its English-language pages tomorrow will disrupt the routines of the site’s 25m daily visitors, making obscure references ungoogleable and frustrating urges for idle browsing. Here are five ways to prepare before the internet’s fount of all (not necessarily reliable) knowledge dries up for 24 hours.
1. Have the last say. In a Wikipedia edit tussle, you may be able to win the battle even if you can’t win the war. Hold out till a minute before midnight and get your edit in before rival Wikipedians can change the page back. You will enjoy a whole day and