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Help Me Beat The Filters

Help Me Beat The Filters

I posted the other day about a reader having the new url ( blocked at work as a porn site, whereas the prior “” address was not.  (Some government-employed readers previously wrote that all “” addresses were blocked depending upon the agency, but that was not specific to me.)

I think I know why.  The computers are too smart for their own good, and are not distinguishing between “insurrection” and something that sounds like it.   For whatever the reason, the “” part used to fool the computer, but now that “…insurrection” is freestanding, it’s a problem.

A reader was successful in getting Amtrak to remove the site from the blocked list merely by calling to its attention that this is a politics and law website, not a porn website.

If you encounter these filters blocking the site, please either notify the administrator/software company to correct the problem or if you are not comfortable with that, send me a screen shot and I will do so.


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common tater | June 26, 2011 at 11:25 am

Imagine if your site were Naysaying Niggler.

Anyway, why pornography a perfectly good word? I always say architects do erections better.

Our Barracuda webfilter has blocked the site for quite a while under the porn category, you can try contacting them ( to see what the root of the problem is. Most of the webfiltering devices use the same criteria for blocking so anything you learn should be generally applicable.

common tater | June 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

No edit is killing me. “Pornography” is verbified, with a long e ending. Pornografy, maybe. Not much of a help, am I?

As an omnivorous consumer of information I receive a large number of emails via Gmail daily. Routinely emails from rightward organizations are marked as scams or trash. I believe this happens because Google has a provision to report email as scams and those reports are incorporated into their filters. Left wing trolls and organizations have discovered this feature and use it to harass people they disagree with. It is quite possible that LI has been reported to the various powers that be as a pornography site as a form of censorship and harassment.

Conversely, emails from leftward organizations are never marked as scams or trash. There is also the ongoing Orwellian political tilt to Google searches, a trend which might possibly be found in other quarters.




State Dept. would regularly block Volokh Conspiracy based on what was deemed a bad word… ‘conspiracy’. After nudging (sometimes repeated after there was a change in IT folk), they’d unblock it.

I assumed the IT people’s hearts were in the right place, as God knows there’re enough whacko conspiracy sites out there to warrant keeping them off workplace computers, but using word tables isn’t the way to do it.