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Friday, January 12, 2007

Blocked Website


An interesting thing happened earlier today. I had to go to court this morning to obtain some forms. While I was in court, I checked my email and posting messages from my blogs. Everything was fine.

When I tried to log on www.uschess.org, the access was blocked. A message popped up with a sentence something like: "Access denied! You've tried to enter an inappropriate website."

I first thought that the court Internet does not allow accessing any website. So I double checked by typing www.SusanPolgar.com. It went through. So I checked www.SusanPolgarFoundation.org. It also went through. Then I checked www.SusanPolgar.blogspot.com. No problem again!

I then typed the USCF website again and the same message came up. Does that mean that the NY court find the USCF website inappropriate?
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4 Comments:

  • At Friday, January 12, 2007 12:02:00 PM, Blogger irishspy said…

    It could be a badly designed filter. There have been problems in libraries, for example, when people have been researching breast cancer and found themselves blocked from the National Institutes of Health web site, because of the word "breast."

    Or the court has heard about Sam Sloan. :)

     
  • At Friday, January 12, 2007 12:28:00 PM, Blogger david said…

    The real question is

    Will you be able to get to the web site when you get home.

     
  • At Friday, January 12, 2007 3:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are various different filters that use many different techniques. I'm guessing the filter in question was very pessimistic in its approach.

    For example "cockpit" is a common word that causes a lot of filters to mark a site as bad.

     
  • At Friday, January 12, 2007 4:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are filters which maintain lists of popular "Game" sites to prevent users from tying up computers on supposedly frivolous things. It's likely that USCF has a "Game" or "Chess" tag, which flagged it for filtering. Your website, not similarly "tagged", might have made it through. No filter is perfect. Many companies use such filters to keep their employees from wasting time on the internet.

     

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