Panera Communication Censorship

Today, after work and before yoga, I did a little work at Panera Bread in Ballston. Done with the day labour, and wanting to check what’s up with the world, I typed in expecting to find the latest in DC gossip. Instead, I got the notice at right, which says:

The SonicWALL Content Filter Has Blocked this site. If you feel this site has been blocked in error, Please submit a URL Rating Review at:
Reason for restriction: Forbidden Category

Forbidden Category, eh? I wonder which one that is? Snide Commenatry? Jaded Lifestyles? Or maybe Reality Check?

What’s your take?

7 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

    Actually, they think we’re porn.

    Probably reviewed us when we were talking about wonkette.


  2. cybele (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    I went ahead and requested a re-evaluation. Says it’ll take 3-5 days. Adult/Mature is a little strong but there was no category for “Opinion” or “Zeitgeist.”

  3. cybele (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

    Wow, I just input a bunch of other metblogs sites and they’re listed as News & Media, Lifestyle/Culture or Arts/Entertainment. What have you guys been posting over here?

  4. Tiff (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    What the hell, we’re the only DC blog that’s NOT about assfucking!

  5. Don (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    aaaaaaaaaand there goes our re-evaluation.

  6. Stacey (unregistered) on April 6th, 2006 @ 11:44 pm

    This is what happened when I was at my parents for two weeks and they have DIAL UP… I spent way too much time at Panera working and couldn’t get to MBDC.

    This is why I’m not for “free” high speed from cities/towns (putting aside the fact that it’s not free at all – but that’s another talk). Someone else is controlling your access, which means they can employ whatever restrictions they want.

  7. wayan (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 9:02 am

    At least we’re not alone. BoingBoing is censored by SmartFilter, which according to the NYTimes means that multiple corporate worksites ban them.

    I wonder how we’re catagorized by SmartFilter? Halliburton shills, can you read this?

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