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Opera Web Browser == Pornography?

January 7, 2008

For part of the current “AJAXing” series, I had to reinstall Opera on my machine.  I’m pretty used to the Evil Stop Sign of Despair, but this really got me laughing… 


You cannot access the following Web address:


This site is blocked under the {company} filtering policy. If you believe this site has been blocked inappropriately, send a request for a site review to {email someone who cares}. In order for your request to be processed you must include the address of the site you would like reviewed, your name, and the educational application of the site in question. Please contact Customer Service at {number} if you have additional questions.


The site you requested is blocked under the following categories: Pornography


Now, our filter is supposed to evaluate files AND domains, so it should work.  In addition, come on, it’s Opera—they wouldn’t be hosting on porn sites.



So, Augemedia, who claims to be “Defying standards since 1989” and is the primary host for US downloads appears to be based out Germany; cool enough.

They have several projects going on…

  • Warring Factions – a MMO strategy game.  No problems there.
  • Bay Dream Templates – Template design for online auctions.  Neat.

And then the one that MAY just be why the filter caught it.

  • Kiss Chance – Adult Dating and Swinger Site.

๐Ÿ˜€  HA!  Yeah, that probably doesn’t make it through K-12 filtering, but what’s odd is that the “project” isn’t even hosted on the www.augemedia.de domain, but on it’s own domain.  What’s even more ironic is that going directly to that domain DOES get through the filter.  ROFL.

So, I tried three more downloads—and all three were blocked for pornography (I didn’t take the time to “look” at the sites).  I finally found downloaded it directly from the Opera Software link and it worked like a champ.

So, a note to the filtering experts out there—maybe a bit of due dilligence on where “bad” content is and where it REALLY is would be in order? ๐Ÿ™‚

To Opera—what kind of “special payments” are you getting for hosting anyway?  Hah. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. Michael
    January 7, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Okay, that made me laugh!

  2. January 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I firmly believe that only true ninjas use the double-equals sign when not programming in superior .NET languages. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. January 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    ROFL; I do it out of habit. I found myself writing an email a few weeks ago with something along the lines of:

    !Happiness -> build 1800.

    Then again, I also emote and use FFXI/EQ2 commands in emails and chat. It’s sad actually.


    On a related note, as more entertainment: our filter blocked our OWN COMPANY WEB SITE a few months back… someone posted something on the home page in a news story that angered the Filter Gods. That was truly spectacular for the hour or so our staff couldn’t access the site. Even better was that about 90% of the workforce has that as their homepage–so a grand majority of people saw the snafu.

  4. January 16, 2008 at 11:59 am

    And if you need to show off being a .NET Ninja… there’s a shirt!



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