Facebook "Like" banner and firewall blocking -- backed out
UPDATE: Kiteman has reported that the new Facebook "Like" banner has an even worse effect for some users. With some filtering software, the transitive link through I'bles to Facebook causes the entire Instructables site itself to be blocked out (i.e., the filter is preventing pass-through access), and may also shut down the browser completely (the way China was blocking Google).
That means any of our users who, at school or at work, are behind that style of filter are completely blocked from accessing Instructables, and have no way of letting us know about this. In my opinion, that is too high a price to pay for the supposed benefit of cross-linking to a social network.
(Note: I'm putting this in Help:Bugs because I consider it a broken or inappropriate result of a newly deployed feature.)
Shortly after I posted my Feedback topic about the new Like button, user LoneWolf commented that he did not see what I was talking about. All he got was a large blue banner saying ACCESS DENIED! RavingMadStudios figured out that this is because he's viewing Instructables from behind a firewall where Facebook (and presumably other sites) are blocked.
Now, I am a little perturbed that you guys are forcing my computer access stuff from Facebook, which opens me up to all the usual nasty harvesting that I have tried to avoid by never ever using Facebook. But that's not the point of this posting.
I think the giant ACCESS DENIED! banner detracts from the site's image, and can also be misleading to users. If someone sees that on an I'ble, does it mean that they aren't allowed to look at any of the Steps? They're not allowed to print it out? What's going on here?