Undoubtedly many of you are bemoaning the fact that there is a Wikipedia blackout today. It’s a bit like when there’s a tube strike – you need to get from A to B for an important job interview, but the normal route is unusable. In this instance however, it’s more likely that there are students across the world trying to finish papers and reports for a deadline today – they know it’s almost a given that the information they require is available somewhere else on the internet, it’s just that the most direct and convenient route to the answer they need is temporarily unavailable.
However, there is a Wikipedia blackout workaround or two at your disposal if today really is not the day to be blocked from the behemoth encyclopedia. Here are the ones we found out for ourselves:
1. Mobile Devices – I’ve managed to use Wikipedia on my iPhone without any difficulty today, so that is one option for a quick reference or settling a trivia question over a lunchtime pint with a colleague. I’ve also heard from a friend that it works on his Android device, so it’s possible that it works on all mobile devices.
This may not work for all browsers/devices, but it works for us so far. If you’ve found any other tricks to pull back the curtain and continue using Wikipedia that other users may find useful, then please by all means post them in the comments section below.