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Has anyone encountered web filters (at school, public libraries, work, etc.) that block archery-related sites?

The school where I teach uses FortiGuard web filtering which blocks all the news pages (but not the home page or things like JOAD, etc.) on usarchery.org (sports hunting and wargames!!) and Lancaster's web site (weapons) and AT (sports hunting and war games) among others. We have NASP in our PE curriculum and we are trying to get an after-school program approved and up and running. Lots of information that would be useful to us is available online, so I wait until I get home to get on the archery sites, but it's pretty annoying.

I did go on FortiGuard's website and they have a page for commenting on the classification of sites. The three mentioned above have been submitted to them for possible reclassification, but I'm not optimistic.

Anyone else have any experience like this?

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Sorry ... proxy servers are blocked by this web filter also. Besides, I'm interested in correcting the overly-broad reach of the web filter rather than simply going around it.

Web filters HAVE gotten better. The most common example is that early ones used to categorize any site dealing with breast cancer as "sexual" therefore blocked. I'm interested in learning whether other filter systems also block archery-related sites.

Ray
 

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Barracuda does as well. All the filters have to be configured based on the use and audience. I have one installed at one client that does plastic surgery. It required me to configure sexual and porn sights to be monitered but not blocked. I also had to configure the system to allow swimsuit and under garment searches.

These filters are much more accurate than software and are very hard to bypass. The youth you think can get around these filters probably will not succeed.

Best thing to do is request an exception to the IT people at your location. If you present a good case and specific websites you need access to they can find ways to allow you access.
 

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I expect that sites like this one are blocked because of advertising, and perhaps because of content like "Laure Francese centerfold for....Magazine", which you and I know is not a dirty porn centerfold, but rather an aesthetic, archery themed photo.
 

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You can usually submit the site for review by the filter vendor. You can do this by either a possible available link on the block notification page or by going to the manufacture's site. I maintain our company's filter so I of course have unlimited access :wink: , but I've done that in the past for Sonicwall and they corrected it. I believe our current Websense filter allows it through by default.
 

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usually sites like that are classified as forums and are put into a very broad category. I would contact your network administrator and they should be able to unblock the particular sites you want to get access to. I know that teachers will come and complain to me that their education sites are blocked, well if they came to me in the first place I could get it all sorted out. So ask to get them unblocked. It doesn't hurt to ask :thumbs_up
 
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