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The Mission: "Go Dark For IE" (godarkforie.org)
« on: 19. August 2012., 10:13:26 »


Microsoft has been trying to get users of Windows to upgrade to more advanced versions of its Internet Explorer web browser. In 2011, it launched its own effort to get people to stop using IE 6. In January, the company celebrated the fact that IE 6 use was down to less than one percent of all web browsers in the US.

Now a new, and apparently grass roots, effort has launched to get Internet users to upgrade their browsers to at least the level of IE 9. The effort is being led by a group, "Go Dark For IE": http://godarkforie.org , which is trying to get websites to go dark on October 26th (the same day as Microsoft plans to launch Windows 8 for regular consumers) for users of web browsers below that of IE 9.

In a statement on their website, the group says
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"The problem is some users just don't upgrade! And the reasons is very simple, some just don't care, some don't know how to, and some can't because of their IT department. In any case, as long as old versions of a browser remain the default on a computer, people will use it and developers will be forced to continue to develop for it. It's not just about getting a site working cross-browser, long term catering for older browsers means new technologies are not used to their full potential or not at all, and this is holding back the web for many people."


The effort isn't just focusing on Internet Explorer. The site also has links to download Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, Apple's Safari and the Opera web browser, all of which have current versions that have much of the same features as IE 9.

The group that's organizing this effort is a bit of a mystery, including if they have any official backing from Microsoft.

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The Mission: "Go Dark For IE" (godarkforie.org)
« on: 19. August 2012., 10:13:26 »




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Re: The Mission: "Go Dark For IE" (godarkforie.org)
« Reply #1 on: 31. August 2012., 12:04:42 »
Well, this does seem to be the only way to get rid of IE 6 :D
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Re: The Mission: "Go Dark For IE" (godarkforie.org)
« Reply #2 on: 31. August 2012., 18:17:27 »
Since this site uses SMF, you guys might like this; http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=1787

It makes for a very vivid effect for IE6 users. :)

Similar scripting can be employed to use on any site. I think it's a better idea than a 'day of dark' because it is ALWAYS present.

Screenshot; http://forums.voiceofthepublic.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/20120831120249.png

I rarely see IE6 users in my logs now. The last one was over 8 months ago.

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Re: The Mission: "Go Dark For IE" (godarkforie.org)
« Reply #3 on: 02. September 2012., 20:22:43 »
The more people quit these old browser versions, the better ;) .

There's a similar campaign going on over at:
http://www.ie6countdown.com/
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