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Results of Mozilla's SOPA blackout (blog.mozilla.com)
102 points by mbrubeck on Jan 19, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments

So according to this, ~1 million emails were sent to various members of congress in opposition to SOPA/PIPA, various congressmen who were major supporters of the legislation are backing down off of it and no longer support it, nearly every major website went dark in opposition to it, it's made major news, and on and on and on....why is this still being discussed?

It's clear that Congress no longer represents it's constituents, but instead represents it's campaign funders. It's like Congress has just decided to finally end the farce and declare "we're bought and sold!"

30,000,000 hits 360,000 resulting emails

= 1.2% conversion, if my sleep deprived brain is still working!

Was anyone expecting more?

That math misses some details. There were 30MM hits to about:home, which didn't have an email form. It just had a link to http://mozilla.org/sopa, which got about 2MM hits.

The SOPA page has a big link to the EFF. The EFF site has a tiny box where you can put your zip in to send an email.

So, with all those steps, 1.2% isn't bad. The point of Mozilla's efforts wasn't to just send mail. We were trying to educate people. And 30MM people read about SOPA.

that seems reasonable to me if you look at the nature of the start page and how broad and untargeted the traffic is. I would think a lot of people opened their browser and then just opened another tab without letting it interrupt what they originally opened their browser to do.

I had a person call me who thought the entire Internet was participating in the protest because of Mozilla blacking out his start page.

I didn't have the heart to tell him it wasn't true.

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