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View Poll Results: Is your access to this site restricted by your employer?
No - I have unrestricted access at work 44 70.97%
Partially - I can read, but not post 1 1.61%
Yes - they totally block the site 2 3.23%
Employer? I don't have one 15 24.19%
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Old 09.09.2006, 11:34
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English Forum at work: site blocked?

As this site grows in popularity more and more companies might notice that some of their employees are spending time here. This means that some companies may take the step of blocking access.

The purpose of this thread is to discuss how you feel, what you can do about it, how you might cope, whether you think this is right, etc.

I've included a poll so we can also see how wide-spread the issue is.
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

well ,to follow up my original post, my current client , a large multinational in Basel blocks access, classifying it under Forums and chatgroups..

obviously not being a real employee but a consultant cannt do much about it.. dont know whether the blocking is done based on buzz words on the site titles or individually, but nevertheless quite annoying..not the expert in corporate IT security..

I actusally receive e mails to my private e mail account warning me that there are private messages or posts to the threads I am subscribed to, but when double-click, sigh :-(
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Old 09.09.2006, 12:55
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

Here's a test to see if they are filtering it based on the domain name or the IP address. If you are being blocked please try to visit the following sites and tell me if they are also blocked:

http://www.biofuelsforum.com, http://www.sdpix.ch

Both of these live on the same IP address as englishforum, so if access is open to them then the domain name might be blocked, not the IP address. If so, it might be possible to set up a "mirror" on a different name

I often have to use forums and chat groups as part of my work - as I'm sure almost anyone in the IT industry does. I wonder if your company blocks all forum sites, or just a few?
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

thanks for the tip Mark, will give it a try this week..
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

Congrats Mark! If the forum is being blocked thent it has certainly 'arrived'.
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Old 10.09.2006, 11:57
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

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Congrats Mark! If the forum is being blocked thent it has certainly 'arrived'.
Interesting. Could some companies see this forum as a "threat"? Ex-pat employees knowing "too much" ?


I know that at my old company they now use Citrix remote servers located somewhere else (third party) and data transfer is by encrypted ADSL. They had a lot of problems because the server admins were setting the firewall rules, and the in-house IT people were pretty much powerless (and useless anyway). Up until I left EF was still kosher.
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Old 10.09.2006, 12:02
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

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Interesting. Could some companies see this forum as a "threat"? Ex-pat employees knowing "too much" ?


I know that at my old company they now use Citrix remote servers located somewhere else and data transfer is by encrypted ADSL. They had a lot of problems because the server admins were setting the firewall rules, and the in-house IT people were pretty much powerless (and useless anyway). Up until I left EF was still kosher.
Small point - ADSL doesn't provide encryption, but anyway

I don't think it is a case of knowing too much, I think if a company decides to block access to sites such as this it is more a concern about productivity, and while I'm sorry for those that are blocked I understand that point of view.

Some companies may subscribe to lists that are compiled by others. In other words instead of the admin going through the proxy logs to see which sites are being accessed and then visiting them to see if they are work related they subscribe to a service that provides a blacklist of known forum sites.
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Old 10.09.2006, 12:28
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

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Interesting. Could some companies see this forum as a "threat"? Ex-pat employees knowing "too much" ?
Nah, I think it is more a matter of they'd like their employees to work and not chat on a message board.
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

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Small point - ADSL doesn't provide encryption, but anyway
Okay then, the data was encrypted then transferred by ADSL. Tomäto, Tomato...

But read-only access to English forum would be a good compromise. That shouldn't interfere with productivity too much.

Still, they probably let employees use Google, which could in some cases harvest enough from the searches to know what a company is up to...but thats heading off-topic.
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

it could be that the proxy/internet access control system like Websense is blocking sites based on vB usage? I know my company isn't though
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Old 11.09.2006, 13:18
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

Well at the current time the number of people who have unrestricted access outnumbers those who have been blocked by 10:1. At first glance one might think that this means everything is rosy. We have to consider that those who are blocked can't vote (at least from work), so we might not get a true indication from the poll
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Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

Anyone know of a way to get around site-blocking software that cuts off 'discussion forums'?

When I do training at my company, the rooms have internet access through a Proxy server but it blocks pretty much all of the web forums that I know of, including this one.

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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

have they blocked things like www.skweezer.com ?
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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

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have they blocked things like www.skweezer.com ?
I'll try it next time I'm training.

It also goes some way to answering my NEXT question of is there any way to make the interface less 'gaudy' for want of a better word, to avoid attracting the attention of boss-type figures who might be prowling around the office...... ?


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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

skweezer again. Or turn off avatars, sigs, etc.
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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

Gav I'd be careful if you are going to do this. The last place I worked for in Scotland had very strict internet access controls in place, if anyone tried to get around them I could usually find out one way or another (though I haven't looked at Lob's link yet), anyone caught doing so was hauled in front of the boss on a disciplinary.
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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

websense at you-know-where, Gav, has skweezer blacklisted FWIW
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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

websense logs all attempts to access blocked sites, it's one of the controls we used. Nice software from the admin side, sucks as a user.
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Re: Any way to get around a firewall/web proxy blocking Forum?

You could just read it at home?

Otherwise try using Google Translate with Chinese->English mode. Note that you didn't hear this tip from me.
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Re: English Forum at work: site blocked?

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it could be that the proxy/internet access control system like Websense is blocking sites based on vB usage? I know my company isn't though
There are of course ways of getting around this with a combination of an outside UNIX server, Squid, port 3128, and PuTTY. At least, that's what I've been told. A google search may find instructions on how one might go about doing this.
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