Cranach is a family-friendly site! Really.

Karate and Whatnot from VA makes this complaint:

Oh, and I can’t check Veith’s blog during lunch at work any more – it’s blocked by the company filters for having “adult/sexual content”! ROTFLOL! That’s GOT to be an IP-based filter instead of content-based! Anyway, my veneer just got thinner!

How can that be? We had the same problem here at Patrick Henry College, no less!, the filters blocking this blog. I’m wondering if there is some word posted somewhere that is triggering this, but I really am trying to be as pure as pure can be, above reproach and all that. And I hate the thought of losing readers to these filters.

Does anyone have any suggestions for dealing with this? (tODD, thanks for letting me know about the spam filter Akismet. It’s working beautifully against that problem.)

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • WebMonk

    I’m not sure who the company that does the filtering is, but it’s very possible that the major Internet filtering services share their lists back and forth. My personal webpage got blocked one time because the host was considered to be a host that was used by a lot of spammers. The filtering company just blocked everything by that company.

    I gave both the filtering company and my host several calls and eventually the block on my site went away. If it got cleared up at PHC, I’m sure it will get cleared up here.

  • WebMonk

    I’m not sure who the company that does the filtering is, but it’s very possible that the major Internet filtering services share their lists back and forth. My personal webpage got blocked one time because the host was considered to be a host that was used by a lot of spammers. The filtering company just blocked everything by that company.

    I gave both the filtering company and my host several calls and eventually the block on my site went away. If it got cleared up at PHC, I’m sure it will get cleared up here.

  • Bror Erickson

    I thinketh you protesteth too much, Dr. Veith. If this were a family friendly site then you would not have to claim it was it would be apparent to all. But you are about as family friendly as the evening news, which focuses on drugs, violence, and teenage girls who show their bare backs.

  • Bror Erickson

    I thinketh you protesteth too much, Dr. Veith. If this were a family friendly site then you would not have to claim it was it would be apparent to all. But you are about as family friendly as the evening news, which focuses on drugs, violence, and teenage girls who show their bare backs.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I’m not a network administrator, but I play one in comments. That said, I doubt your problem is with content, even from commenters. And since your site is on DreamHost, I also doubt that any filter is blocking all DreamHost sites en toto, since that’s a whole lot of sites!

    Assuming I did this correctly, I looked up your Web server’s IP address, 66.33.216.208, and then Googled it to see if it was mentioned in the context of spam. That’s where my knowledge peters out. I looked you up on various “blacklists”, but didn’t see your IP being besmirched anywhere.

    At this point the PHC IT department (and, if you can, Karate’s work’s IT department) what filtering system they use, and why your Web site is being blocked.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I’m not a network administrator, but I play one in comments. That said, I doubt your problem is with content, even from commenters. And since your site is on DreamHost, I also doubt that any filter is blocking all DreamHost sites en toto, since that’s a whole lot of sites!

    Assuming I did this correctly, I looked up your Web server’s IP address, 66.33.216.208, and then Googled it to see if it was mentioned in the context of spam. That’s where my knowledge peters out. I looked you up on various “blacklists”, but didn’t see your IP being besmirched anywhere.

    At this point the PHC IT department (and, if you can, Karate’s work’s IT department) what filtering system they use, and why your Web site is being blocked.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    That’s weird. I meant to write “At this point I’d ask the PHC IT department …”

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    That’s weird. I meant to write “At this point I’d ask the PHC IT department …”

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    There was a comment in the past few weeks that would trigger word sensitive filters. I haven’t gone back to see if the comment is still there, but it is a possibility. On the same note, the congregation I used to be at had a provider based filter that blocked our own email addresses as spam so we couldn’t send email to one another in the office.

  • http://lutherama.blogspot.com Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    There was a comment in the past few weeks that would trigger word sensitive filters. I haven’t gone back to see if the comment is still there, but it is a possibility. On the same note, the congregation I used to be at had a provider based filter that blocked our own email addresses as spam so we couldn’t send email to one another in the office.

  • WebMonk

    Ahhh, the joys of technology!

  • WebMonk

    Ahhh, the joys of technology!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Dr. Luther, I try to monitor comments and I sometimes catch bad ones that sneak through. If you can recall anything about what post it was or about when it was, I’ll scour the comments. Thanks, tODD, for going to so much trouble. I’ll talk to our IT folks about how they dealt with this.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Dr. Luther, I try to monitor comments and I sometimes catch bad ones that sneak through. If you can recall anything about what post it was or about when it was, I’ll scour the comments. Thanks, tODD, for going to so much trouble. I’ll talk to our IT folks about how they dealt with this.

  • Bruce

    It was the Chavez post, Ed.

  • Bruce

    It was the Chavez post, Ed.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, Bruce. But I don’t see anything there now. I may have caught it some time ago. But that might have been after the filters were set.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Thanks, Bruce. But I don’t see anything there now. I may have caught it some time ago. But that might have been after the filters were set.

  • Ryan

    Filters can be set very high and at the high setting they may exclude religious content. My local school district did this… by mistake… when they redid their system. A local teacher and member of my congregation noticed he couldn’t get to the church’s website (deemed as offensive and inappropriate by the computer). He called the tech administrator and things were straightened out.

  • Ryan

    Filters can be set very high and at the high setting they may exclude religious content. My local school district did this… by mistake… when they redid their system. A local teacher and member of my congregation noticed he couldn’t get to the church’s website (deemed as offensive and inappropriate by the computer). He called the tech administrator and things were straightened out.


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