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So last week, my employer decided to block boardgamegeek and listed the reason as games. They block sites where you can play games.

So I requested an exception since there technically aren't playable games on the site (we also filter downloads, so things in the files section would be exempt) and I do use the game rules and database statistics in my work.

After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards" and "sexually suggestive cartoons and images".

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You should show them some Google search pages which happen to have profanity and sexually suggestive images, and see if they will similarly block Google.
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russ wrote:
You should show them some Google search pages which happen to have profanity and sexually suggestive images, and see if they will similarly block Google.


we have a partnership with google, so we get a "safe search" feature which prevents those kinds of searches and results.
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Guarantee you they didn't check it out at all, just didn't want to go through the trouble of making an exception.
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Guarantee you they didn't check it out at all, just didn't want to go through the trouble of making an exception.


Well, they are technically correct. There is profanity in the message boards and there are sexually suggestive images on the site.
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Shader10 wrote:
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Guarantee you they didn't check it out at all, just didn't want to go through the trouble of making an exception.


Well, they are technically correct. There is profanity in the message boards and there are sexually suggestive images on the site.


So they block Amazon then too?
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yogibbear wrote:
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Guarantee you they didn't check it out at all, just didn't want to go through the trouble of making an exception.


Well, they are technically correct. There is profanity in the message boards and there are sexually suggestive images on the site.


So they block Amazon then too?


I have no idea, but I did say they were technically correct, not that they were consistent.
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yogibbear wrote:
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Guarantee you they didn't check it out at all, just didn't want to go through the trouble of making an exception.


Well, they are technically correct. There is profanity in the message boards and there are sexually suggestive images on the site.


So they block Amazon then too?


It isn't blocked, but it might be filtered, I will check on Monday.

I tried to get around the block by going to bgg.cc.
This partially worked, I can get to BGG, but none of the forum threads, images or files show up.
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Bagherra wrote:


After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards"...



That's fucked up.
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MWChapel wrote:
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After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards"...



That's fucked up.


I supposed someone would soon comment "Fuck that shit", but I guess "That's fucked up" is close enough!
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So, this thread s NOT about this game ? whistle
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russ wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
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After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards"...



That's fucked up.


I supposed someone would soon comment "Fuck that shit", but I guess "That's fucked up" is close enough!


I felt that doubling up would have been too indulgent.
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Bagherra wrote:
So last week, my employer decided to block boardgamegeek and listed the reason as games. They block sites where you can play games.

So I requested an exception since there technically aren't playable games on the site (we also filter downloads, so things in the files section would be exempt) and I do use the game rules and database statistics in my work.

After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards" and "sexually suggestive cartoons and images".



So does your employer have anything to do with games? Frankly I'm shocked at how many posters are on the site while "at work."

With a zillion ways to indulge yourself on the internet it is amazing that anything gets done these days.
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Not uncommon these days for companies to put serious limits on Internet access. I think mostly from the various Viruses and Trojans that can infect a company's network when people with poor judgment start clicking on random stuff while surfing.

My company doesn't restrict much but we do a lot of reference searches so need access. We have a little joke about how long it takes before a naughty image comes up in an innocent Google Image search. Once you turn off "safe search" its amazing how quick something naughty comes up on even the most bland of search criteria.
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If they don't block Reddit, then they are really screwed up in their approach to site management.

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Yes, blocked in the "games" category at my work too.

Life is tough.
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DKahnt wrote:
If they don't block Reddit, then they are really screwed up in their approach to site management.

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reddit has been blocked since 2004.
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herace wrote:
Bagherra wrote:
So last week, my employer decided to block boardgamegeek and listed the reason as games. They block sites where you can play games.

So I requested an exception since there technically aren't playable games on the site (we also filter downloads, so things in the files section would be exempt) and I do use the game rules and database statistics in my work.

After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards" and "sexually suggestive cartoons and images".



So does your employer have anything to do with games? Frankly I'm shocked at how many posters are on the site while "at work."

With a zillion ways to indulge yourself on the internet it is amazing that anything gets done these days.


I teach a class on Game Design.
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Bagherra wrote:
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Bagherra wrote:
So last week, my employer decided to block boardgamegeek and listed the reason as games. They block sites where you can play games.

So I requested an exception since there technically aren't playable games on the site (we also filter downloads, so things in the files section would be exempt) and I do use the game rules and database statistics in my work.

After review, I was told it would remain blocked for "profanity laden message boards" and "sexually suggestive cartoons and images".



So does your employer have anything to do with games? Frankly I'm shocked at how many posters are on the site while "at work."

With a zillion ways to indulge yourself on the internet it is amazing that anything gets done these days.


I teach a class on Game Design.

Well, that's kind of important for you to have access to BGG then. I work at a video game company but we are privately owned so we can make up our own rules without govt or corporate requirements.

Can you use a laptop and use your cell phone as a wifi hotspot? That way you could at least bypass their own internal network.
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I once saw a stat that the average length of visit to one of the major porn sites was five minutes. People spend much more time here, so I doubt it's porn
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Eh. I work for a mortgage insurance database management service. Since everything I deal with is sensitive info, the internet on work computers for anything other than work is pretty much non existent. Browsing anything (which is nearly impossible to do unless it is a bank or insurance website) can get you a very strongly worded auto generated email from IT that your manager and HR are both CC'd on. The "guest" wireless internet available on phones and tablets is also heavily restricted as well and most streaming apps are blocked. I dont really worry about it too much since I am supposed to be working and not on BGG.
 
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I once saw a stat that the average length of visit to one of the major porn sites was five minutes. People spend much more time here, so I doubt it's porn

People go to BGG for the interviews.
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I'm somewhat surprised to hear that it's apparently not uncommon for employers to still employ heavy-handed restrictions to web browsing. Blocking porn or known malware sites... sure. But BGG? Reddit? Come on.

I guess I should feel fortunate that the last 3 employers for whom I've worked (covering 10 years) only care about whether or not I'm doing a good job... and not that sometimes while at work, I like to clear my head by thinking about non-work things.

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I'm somewhat surprised to hear that it's apparently not uncommon for employers to still employ heavy-handed restrictions to web browsing. Blocking porn or known malware sites... sure. But BGG? Reddit? Come on.

I guess I should feel fortunate that the last 3 employers for whom I've worked (covering 10 years) only care about whether or not I'm doing a good job... and not that sometimes while at work, I like to clear my head by thinking about non-work things.



Huh. Would never have thought to categorise Reddit as not either a porn or malware site.

Anyway, having been on both sides of this, I can tell you right now that the occasional (or even more frequent) complaint from someone who feels infringed by not being able to browse freely while at work is far, far better to deal with (as an IT person) than the result of someone infecting their machine (and possibly others) because they are too stupid to know how (or care) not to.

Mind you, it would help much more to stop using certain "operating systems"...
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nbread wrote:
I'm somewhat surprised to hear that it's apparently not uncommon for employers to still employ heavy-handed restrictions to web browsing. Blocking porn or known malware sites... sure. But BGG? Reddit? Come on.

I guess I should feel fortunate that the last 3 employers for whom I've worked (covering 10 years) only care about whether or not I'm doing a good job... and not that sometimes while at work, I like to clear my head by thinking about non-work things.
I've had jobs with bosses who would not know if I was doing good work or not as the organization was large and the scope of the work was also large. I find it funny that the activity on BGG is *heavier* during the work week.

P.S. - My current job blocks BGG.
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