Web Filters

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by bigmamabadger, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Post on a nother thread got me thinking. What kind of weird things does your web filter block out?
    We've got a fairly blunt filter at work in order to stop students accessing anything that might corrupt their little minds but sometimes I can't imagine what would be on the page that could be offensive.
    Something really bad must have happened on March 21st because the whole answers.com page for that day is blocked.
    Did a google image search for snoopy (don't ask) and when I tried to go to the page it was on, that was blocked too. Is there some subtle level of obscene snoopy that I've been missing all these years? Is his relationship with woodstock some kind of metaphor? What could "The Red Baron" signify?
  2. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Our work filter blocks Black Dyke's site as "Music and MP3".

    It also blocks some sites under the category "Useless", it did this to the LFC homepage one Monday morning, we think some Toffees fans in the service provider were to blame!

    None of the filters are perfect and they certainly aren't logical!
  3. SuperMosh

    SuperMosh New Member

    Ours is well simple. Every month, in a darkened corner next to the servers, a group of IT Monkeys meet and after talking about what it would be like to kiss a girl or have a life, they look at most popular internet pages per user. They then add these to the websense blocker.
  4. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    I set up the web filter for my kids logins and our web filter blocked the orange homepage as it was announcing the new series of 'wife swap'.

    The work web filter also blocked the Gnome magic website.
  5. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    Ours is having a bit of a hissy fit today too....

    Won't allow access to the homepage of plusnet. I wanted to go and see how much our traffic allocation for home had been used up thus far into the school holidays and it won't let me! Will have to wander down and bend the support desk's ear.

    At home I run my own filter - based on a huge list of sites and a proxy server that his lordship doesn't have a clue how to mess with! Mostly I just monitor how many .avi/.mov files he's viewing - and where they came from!

  6. Leyfy

    Leyfy Active Member

    our school internet blocks loads of things - the english department asked for Wikipedia to be blocked because of students copying it for their coursework!

    It also blocks anything to do with Mp3, mobile phones (which means you can't type in 'phone number' into google, very annoying if you want to find the number for anything). At one point it was even blocking my hotmail access!!

    Also blocks youtube, myspace etc etc.

    Fortunately tMP doesn't seem to be on the block list yet, though ;)
  7. sparkling_quavers

    sparkling_quavers Active Member

    The filter at the college at work at is unbelievable. It blocks anything that is a forum, a personal web space (or not with a bought address), myspace, ebay, utube, holiday pages and anything that is 'communication' based. It also blocks key words to a complete extreme. The result is half the relevant biology sites my students need to access they can't. I can apply to get a particular site 'allowed' via IT services but the process takes ages. I also can't view tMP at work! boo hoo
  8. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Try www.yell.com for all telephone numbers.
  9. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Have you ever clocked how much time students spend furtling around MySpace, YouTube, etc when they are supposedly "working"?!
    I've no problem with those sites being blocked (although we had to unblock them for the Media Studies students), but I agree that the keyword approach can be a bit blunt.
    We're refining ours all the time, thankfully there are always one or two students prepared to chance their arm with gaming/gambling/chat/porn so we chase them and block specific websites. I love my job:rolleyes:
  10. sonja

    sonja New Member

    our filters normally ok, just blocks out most rude things, myspace and games. however there was one games website - killsometime.com that it still let us use. but the boring people up in IT have discovered this and as of this morning it's blocked! now im limited to hotmail and the mouthpiece!

  11. ronnie_the_lizard

    ronnie_the_lizard Active Member

    I used to work at a place where any site with the word 'sex' was banned - made looking up anywhere local quite difficult as it was in Essex.....

    The same boss also used to complain that he missed out on lots of postings to a vet's mailing list we were on until he worked out that perhaps blocking the word "virus" wasn't a good idea when discussing animal diseases.

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