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John Mitchell
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Yeay! The Geek is no longer blocked during my working hours. Though 'working' may no longer be the appropriate term....

Company X uses a product called SmartFilter yuk to block 'undesirable' sites based on their categorisation, and now at least the Geek falls into the unblocked 'Entertainment' category rather than blocked 'Games'. I don't think the company has changed its policy, so I presume the site has been reclassified. Don't know how old this news is, but can't have happened too long ago.

SmartFilter angry is quite widely used, so if you suffer from internet restrictions where you work/study/etc., your access may have changed too. Of course, before you try, please get permission from the appropriate authorities!

In fact, I think Smartfilter gulp may have redefined its categories at some point, since Games used to include "URLs that focus on traditional board games" but that text has now disappeared and now Games seems more specifically online & electronic (the TrustedSource categories). Can anybody confirm this?

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Matthew Goddard
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Smartfilter defines it's "Games" category as:

Games (gm)
Web pages that offer online games and related information such as cheats, codes, demos, emulators, online contests or role-playing games, gaming clans, game manufacturer sites, fantasy or virtual sports leagues, and other gaming sites without chances of profit. Gaming consoles, such as X-Box and PlayStation, are included in this category.

Is BGG no longer considered a clan? I know some people who would beg to differ
 
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Hmmm... well, that definition explains why my computer gaming related sites got blocked. I'm curious about the 'without chances for profit' part, though - does that mean if I DO have a chance for profit, it's OK?
 
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jeffreyac wrote:
Hmmm... well, that definition explains why my computer gaming related sites got blocked. I'm curious about the 'without chances for profit' part, though - does that mean if I DO have a chance for profit, it's OK?
Im sure it would be blocked for gambling...
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There was similar problem with one of those filters a few weeks back. Aldie got them to switch BGG to Hobbies instead of Games. The same filter was blocking my favourite online retailer for the same reason. So I told him and he got it changed to Retailer, which my work didn't block. It's worth following these things up.
 
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my company uses WebSense. I would've thought any URL with the substring "game" in it would get blocked, but the reclassificaiton did help. Ironically enough, they should probably be blocking job search sites moreso than game sites laugh
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Mateusz Sztrąf
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Unfortunately, at my work boardGAMEgeek.com is still blocked

Does anyone know a good web proxy (or other solution, if it exist) that will allow for BGG modding and other cool stuff? The one I use (I tried different and agirly.com is so far the best one) does not provide full BGG usability.

Please help BGG adict zombie
 
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Karl Lepp
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If SmartFilter is anything like Websense (which the company I'm at uses), BGG will be an "on again-off again" item. This has happened over the last five years with Websense. I haven't taken the time to delve into their arcane method of determining which sites get categorized where and how, but just be aware that SmartFilter may change its mind, and again, and again...

Karl
 
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Yeah, BGG is blocked at my work as well (they use the "Barracuda" web filter). Fortunately, www.boardgamegeeks.com (a mirror site, I assume) is not. The pictures and files are blocked, but all text is fine.
 
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