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Kiddie filter avoidance

Access all ideas at work, school, etc.
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The internet access at work is filtered out so that nobody gets to view porn at work, even if it means restriction of some legitimate content. So I cannot view anything with "speed" in the url, and a search for the Sherlock Holmes story "Sussex Mystery" was given the "access restriction violation" cold shoulder. Quite right. I should not be reading mysteries at work. But the filter was actually objecting to the SEX in Sussex.

And now I cannot view some ideas here at the halfbakery either. I find that some forums, powered by PHBB do not have the name of the thread in the url. They have a cryptic number which then presumably gets translated.

Jutta informs us that all annotations are numbered. Possibly ideas are, too. If that number (or character string, or whatever) could be displayed in a custom view it would make it easier to get round this url restriction.

The idea is: make clickable cryptic urls to each idea available as an option in a custom view.

neelandan, Jul 04 2004

General tutorial on how to bypass blocking. http://nocensor.citizenlab.org/
[jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

EPIC privacy tools http://www.epic.org/privacy/tools.html
some for pay, some free with ads. [jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Employers would be smart to ban the halfbakery altogether. For some people, this place is worse than porn sites for absorbing productivity.
ldischler, Jul 04 2004

       If I want to enter an arms race so you don't have to stand up against your employer, I'll be sure to let you know.   

       I bet there's a more general purpose solution that works around this.
jutta, Jul 04 2004

       Your original anno said all that and more in so few words.   

       //arms race// Well, I think that is what it will amount to.   

       //stand up against your employer// Actually, the people implementing this(the filtering), using open source tools, have my sympathy. I wouldn't like to suggest something to make their work harder, or make them implement loopholes which would make them liable to get bawled at by the bigwigs.   

       But [jutta] has pointed out some other avenues to explore.
neelandan, Jul 04 2004

       Idea name changed. Used to be "Tinyurl links for ideas
To get around the url filters"

       "Hey, people in hell want ice water"
Well, that's that. Anyway, if anyone is faced with the same problems the two links provide a lot of answers.
neelandan, Jul 05 2004

       I'm not sure the proposed idea would actually solve the stated problem. It seems to me it would be a lame content filter indeed that ONLY looked at the URL you were navigating to, and completely ignored the content of the page once you arrived. So you might be able to click on the numeric URL, but you still wouldn't get there.
krelnik, Jul 05 2004

       Right, krelnik, they use url filtering(only) at the place where I work.
neelandan, Jul 05 2004

       Last year, my place of employment must have spotted the prolific number of hits that I generated to the halfbakery (I would refresh every few minutes to see what came up). They initially banned it as porn for some mysterious reason, but I managed to convince them to allow it during lunch hours (they had various levels of filtering, you see).
Detly, Jul 05 2004


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