It seems that over the Christmas break, the tech department went on a blocking spree. According to my calculations, approximately 99.9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% of the Internet is now inaccessible from a W.H.S. computer. Newly blocked sites include Text Twist, Yahoo! Mail, and, you guessed it, the Wakefield Étudiant!
Now, I'm no expert on these things, but I think I know a little about how these blockers work. Every site on the Internet is categorized as a commercial site, the site of an educational institution, the site of a government institution, etc. Blockers block every website that belongs to a certain category.
The tech department uses the Astaro blocker. Now, instead of blocking every website that belongs to a certain category, the blocker ALLOWS every website of certain categories and denies users access to any other website on the Internet. If one tried to access this website, a message from our friends at Astaro would appear, explaining that this site is inappropriate because it is...get this, uncategorized.
Now, as silly as it sounds to block a news website, that's exactly what the tech department has done. But at least we're not alone. The Wakefield Daily Item's inappropriate, too! No, seriously! Try it!
I just discovered all this today, while trying to access the Étudiant. Hopefully, this is temporary. If not, come ON! I can KIND OF understand this website being blocked, what, with certain people spicing up their posts with profanity. But Yahoo! Mail? That's just ridiculous.