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Instructables at school; MORE information needed.


Since publishing my last Instructable, the subject of filters and blocks has been cropping up.

Some schools, it seems, block or filter Instructables for a variety of reasons.

If you are a student or staff member in any level of education, could you let us know;
  • Where you are (country, state, county etc)
  • What level of establishment you are trying to use Instructables at - primary, middle, high, university
  • What you are (staff, student)
  • Whether you can access instructables at school
  • If not, do you know why not, and where the decision to filter was made (school, county etc)?
  • Are there different filters for staff vs students?
  • Anything else that might be useful.
If you don't feel comfortable revealing this information in public, please PM me - names won't be included in any summary that gets put together.

UPDATE: The site now has FaceBook logins - has this affected the filtering at your school?

Plus:

If you are a teacher, do you use the site for / at school?

If you are a student, do your teachers use the site?


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Kiteman (author) 6 years ago
Bump

More data, please...
yokozuna6 years ago
Not to pick on this guy, but certain avatars and other questionable pics appear on the site, which don't really help the cause.

That's quite poor...

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Kiteman (author)  yokozuna6 years ago
Agreed - I have informed the staff.
DJ Radio6 years ago
You probably know the first 3 bulleted questions about me. Last I checked the site was entirely blocked at my high school (though I suspect now only certain sections like the forums are blocked.) I suspect the reviewing process is automatically done by the filters upon the first visit from a student, as the censorship on my filters is almost as bad as China.

As far as I can tell, the principal is the only person who is not affected by the filters but there are some teachers who have bypassed the filters themselves. Interestingly, ibles was categorized as "Forums", instead of "Adult" like most other filter reports.
bounty10126 years ago
Where you are (country, state, county etc): USA, South Carolina, Columbia.
What level of establishment you are trying to use Instructables at: High School.
What you are (staff, student): Student
Whether you can access instructables at school: No
If not, do you know why not, and where the decision to filter was made: Reason: Group message board/unmoderated
Are there different filters for staff vs students: No, but teachers/staff can hit a button for a form to unblock the website.
Depends on page contents

Dunedin, New Zealand
High School
Year 11 Student ('unofficial' network admin too)

The filter on our server will block half of a bad word, as well as the full word. So the word 'Fuchsia' is blocked because of the first letters. Brilliant system for a kindergarten, useless for researching a topic in High School.

Filter was instigated by the Board of Trustees, and they chose one that is very easy to bypass.

Teachers have the exact same filter as the students.

The main reason the site gets blocked at my school, is that some pages contain words like: hack, admin, lingerie, bypass, proxy etc...
...you just blocked this whole page. :D
Aaiiigh!!! My eyes! My eyes! What has happened?!?!? I can't see anything!!!
Kiteman (author)  Lithium Rain6 years ago
LOL

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