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Well the day I always dreaded happened on Monday. I logged on to LCVG on Monday morning to look at glen's write-up, and I get that dreaded block page from the filters at work. :bang: Now I know I lurk more than actually post, but I like to visit in the morning to see any new news or deals.

 

Since I'm on the computer all day at work, I rarely visit when at home. I usually check the site in the morning during lunch and then right before I go home. Now I'm going to have to wait until I get home, the suspense.

 

Just out of curiosity, is the site blocked for anyone else at work? When do you guys usually log on?

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I know alot of places do this and well it sucks. :( A few folks have noted the problem in the past. Shawn (blackcalx) posted a while ago about his job cracking down on surfing while at work. When I still worked for Sprint, they didn't outright block the site but would take screenshots of what you were doing while at work and if they saw you were doing something other than work they would come down hard on you. Don't these people realize we have better things to do than work??! :D

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Originally posted by Htide@Jan 13 2005, 08:58 PM

Just out of curiosity, is the site blocked for anyone else at work? When do you guys usually log on?

Sorry to hear that! We have some strict Smartfilter at work, and LCVG hasn't made the list yet. And I stress YET, because I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

 

Sometimes it's really weird when sites get blocked. For instance, IGN.com isn't blocked, but Xbox.IGN.com is blocked. Xbox.com is fine, but 1up.com is blocked. I can go to snopes.com, but if there's a picture linked, it's blocked. There's no real consistency.

 

For Smartfilter, you can go to a website and put in the url and suggest that it get a different rating. Supposedly, they will investigate and if they change it, your company will get the update at some point.

 

If you know what filtering software they are using, check and see if they have the same functionality. But your company can always add whatever sites they want to the list. Maybe they saw it come up on the logs a little too much and decided to ban it.

 

 

Carlos.

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My company hasn't blocked the site, but I was chastized for visiting gaming sites while on company time.

 

Our filtering is inconsistent as well. For example, I can get to Xbox.com but not EBGames. The main page of CAG is fine, but the forums are blocked. Stuff like that is a little odd, but it's moot now as I haven't surfed at work for over three months.

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I don't have to deal with any filters at work, but our department just adopted a No Internet policy which forbids the use of the Net for anything not work related. Apparently, they had problems with people being stupid enough to download viruses and spyware while visiting porno sites. I mean, what were these people thinking?

 

At any rate, I can still get on the site at work, but I have to walk down to the other side of the building and use an Internet kiosk they have set up. It's not a bad deal, to be honest. The problem is just getting to one of those kiosks. This new job I'm at has me so busy all day that I can rarely sneak away long enough to check the site out or post anything of meaning when I'm browsing. Hence, most of my time on the forum is spent during my free time at home. The only problem with that is it intrudes upon the time I would be spending playing games like Resident Evil 4 (such as it is now). :D

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Now anyone going in to porn sites at work is just asking to get fired. Carlos is probably right, the site must of come up a little too much on their logs. I'll have to lay of the web for a while. The filters are weird they'll block a site for a a while, then all of a suden it's not blocked anymore. Not that I check everyday, but gamestop.com was blocked for a few years then one day a co-worker, looking for a game for her kid, was able to bring up the site.

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