Here are two options our new filtering system currently gives when you try to access a blocked siteI’m not going to get into the whole filtering things again. My views on that are probably known if you know me.. Option One Misspelling aside, this warning is not pleasant. It assumes what I’m doing is bad and that I am acting with bad intent. Apparently I need a scary warning. I am being treated like a deviant. This does not please me. Option Two Well, am I blocked? Is the site down? I don’t know. This message does nothing for me and leads to frustration and irritation. I suspect the filter but have no obvious way to confirm itAt least not by myself while at school. I did confirm it via my network of Internet malcontents.. Super. The message I want is simple. Let’s choose something with a blue or green background. It can be unique looking so teachers can spot it easily but it can also be calm and polite. Maybe something like . . . There’s nothing wrong with treating people with respect and politeness. The scary page isn’t going to deter people who are interested in bypassing the filter and it only insults those who are going about their business with legitimate intent.
I think the idea of verifying a site is going to take a few pages to cover completely but here’s the start. I’m considering linking out to a more detailed “how to” type of page in order not to make this section too long. Click on the image for a full size view.