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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    "Free Sex" Problem?
    This is really weird.
    I was in K-Mart the other night and I wanted to look at one of my sites on their free Internet computers but a prompt prevented me and said that I couldn't see my site because it was about "Free Sex." That really threw me for a loop. None of my sites are about sex (either free or fee) so I have no idea how one of my sites got caught in a "sexual filter." I don't think the word "sex" appears on the page. I don't show any pictures of nudity or anything pornographic.
    Does anyone know how this could have happened?
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    Probably the same reasons that many libraries have complained about. The filters that are available aren't really very good and often block totally innocuous words because they are similar to or contain a restricted word.

    If I were doing research on various means of navigation, I might be interested in information on sextons. Most adult filters would block this because the creators and administrators didn't have the foresight to add the word sexton to an ignore list.

    If you look at your site carefully your site carefully you'll probably find something as innocent as this that the filters have misconstrued as a banned word. The only way to fix the problem would be to substitute another word.

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    'They' can also put your sites on their 'black list' just because someone has written in and complained about an affiliate site - there are folks out there who just don't like us - Google, for one.

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    I had something similar happen to a site I host and maintain for a local school. One day it started serving pages about leather bondage clothing. The principal was understandably upset - but it "problem" was only showing up inside the school district's WAN. I could not see anything wrong with the site from anywhere else.

    It turns out that someone had hacked the school districts filter and a lot of sites were displaying inappropriate pages. Sad - but there are real jerks everywhere.

    The IT guys did some cleaning up and things were back to normal the next day. I was able to disable the DNS for the site I hosted to keep "anything" from being served until the filter problem was fixed.

    So, it (the "free sex") may not have had anything to do with your site. There is a possibility that your pages were just triggering a problem set up by a malicious hack.
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    With a thread title like this, those filters won't be friendly to ABW, either.
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    Google likes synonyms. Perhaps someone linked to your site with anchor text that is somehow synonymous with "free sex." You might want to check to see who's linking to that site and what anchor text they're using.

    Alternatively someone who posts to sex oriented forums might be linking to your web site in their sigs and profiles.

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    Do you have a dedicated (or unique) IP address for your website? I have heard that certain groups of IP addresses will be blacklisted for various reasons (like porn sites, gambling, etc). Maybe you got grouped with one of them?

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    No. Remember that this is just on K-MART's intranet (whatever they call their computers open to the public).

    I'm not that worried/interested in it as a problem -- I thought it would inspire an entertaining discussion
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFashionista
    Do you have a dedicated (or unique) IP address for your website? I have heard that certain groups of IP addresses will be blacklisted for various reasons (like porn sites, gambling, etc). Maybe you got grouped with one of them?
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    No. Remember that this is just on K-MART's intranet.
    Actually, this is how some of the software that the corporate world uses actually functions. R7, K-Mart could very well be using an adult filter or even firewall that blocks specific IP addresses as well as key phrases. There are companies that sell subscriptions and they update the ban list on a periodic basis. The problem that I've seen with those that block IP addresses is that they never take into effect the dynamic nature of the Internet. IP addresses change hands yet their ban lists are NEVER updated to reflect that. If a porn site had a particular IP address 10 years ago and it was banned and now the Vatican has that same address, guess what, the Vatican is now banned.

    You could make an inquiry to K-Mart, however it probably wouldn't be worth their trouble or yours to investigate. Just chalk it up to your Bad Girls reputation.

    And by the way, "Free Sex" and "problem" should never be used in the same sentence.

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    The funny thing is that other pages within "this site in question" (not revealing it) show up in K-MART's computers. The computer seems to have difficulty with one page out of the site but this page is no "sexier" than the others (in fact the pages share many of the same attributes).

    I see it as a glitch in K-MART's "Internet offering."


    Quote Originally Posted by rematt
    And by the way, "Free Sex" and "problem" should never be used in the same sentence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rematt
    And by the way, "Free Sex" and "problem" should never be used in the same sentence.

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    It should be if your wife or girlfriend was giving everybody in town free sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micheck
    'They' can also put your sites on their 'black list' just because someone has written in and complained about an affiliate site - there are folks out there who just don't like us - Google, for one.
    The problem wasn't with Google; my sites are listed in Google (and I found them listed in Google while I was at K-MART).
    The problem was with K-MART software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BurgerBoy
    It should be if your wife or girlfriend was giving everybody in town free sex.
    OK, good point.

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