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    Cithel is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrine View Post
    I understood that the public library was an example, but I seriously doubt that a recipe from an innocuous blog of recipes would be blocked by a library or school, etc.
    Hi Corrine,
    I volunteer at our local library and one of the things they ask me do to is make changes to the exceptions list for the filtering software. There are a lot of sites that are filtered by accident. One example that I added just yesterday is a John Dvorak blog called DvorakUncensored. The filtering software keys on uncensored and blocks the content even though it is a legitimate news site. Happens all the time. Our exceptions list is over 3 thousand sites and growing.

    We give the above trick to adults when they want to read a blocked site until we get it unblocked. The filtering software here is for the explicit purpose of protecting children from pornography, not blocking adults from reading what they want to read.



    I'm not saying people should exploit security flaws (that is a moral choice for each individual to make) but that the filtering software is far from good, at least around here.

    Have a good one,
    Cith.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cithel View Post
    Hi Corrine,
    I volunteer at our local library and one of the things they ask me do to is make changes to the exceptions list for the filtering software. There are a lot of sites that are filtered by accident. One example that I added just yesterday is a John Dvorak blog called DvorakUncensored. The filtering software keys on uncensored and blocks the content even though it is a legitimate news site. Happens all the time. Our exceptions list is over 3 thousand sites and growing.

    We give the above trick to adults when they want to read a blocked site until we get it unblocked. The filtering software here is for the explicit purpose of protecting children from pornography, not blocking adults from reading what they want to read.

    I'm not saying people should exploit security flaws (that is a moral choice for each individual to make) but that the filtering software is far from good, at least around here.

    Have a good one,
    Cith.
    This is my way of thinking too...

    tnx Cith

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