Hackers.town has been classified as "adult" by the British Board of Film Classification.
We are blocked on the networks of Three and O2 due to this.
I literally cannot even.
alas, its no joke for people in Britain (at least those who don't learn about how networking operates and finding other wifi connections, tethering) - we lost most of our younger users on a popular rave and drugs harm reduction site since 2013 due to this blocking (when it happens on HTTPS sites its like the site simply isn't there), also switching to home wifi doesn't always work if parents have enabled family filter..
probably simply because it has "hackers" in the name. Its possible to appeal but only for UK-based paying customers of O2 and Three (not even the MVNO Giffgaff as they don't have access to the same level of customer service agents as O2 customers, which is why Giffgaff is cheaper)
@bob there's a big moral panic about young gamer kids DDOSing rival servers, nicking in game loot from each other which is classed as both "hacking" and low level criminal activity (although tethering the mobile phone to another device often bypasses these blocks, at least it does on giffgaff, though there's also about 10 levels of CGNAT to contend with)
due to economic recession this now even affects young adults (as well as teens) who have to move (back) in with their parents and don't have access to the router (many ISPs now lock it down so only the bill payer can turn off the family filter), and there's a worrying loss of deeper tech skills amongst mainstream younger people as trends shift towards use of mobile phones rather than laptops/desktops (which are seen as for "school/work" and thus uncool)
@thegibson hacker meetups in the UK must be a hell of a lot different than hacker meetups in the US 😂🤣
I now get to join my ancestors in the battle for independence I think... or something.
@TheGibson Think that for the casual observer it's not clear what is meant here?
Going by this text https://www.blocked.org.uk/about it means the ISPs blocks domains, it's opt-out, possibly not easily. And many will not know about that option, or that it is happening at all, if it appears as a SSL Error.
So it means it is really close the most fundamental type of blocking, at the domain level.
For instance the O2 - and Three ISP are doing this to https://www.blocked.org.uk/site/https://hackers.town
@vfrmedia @TheGibson I don't like here the response page does not tell you it is blocked and why. Feel like quite a lot of modern sites are similarly opaque about stuff like that. (reddits shadowbans are also pretty terrible)
I am sure it is convenient on the short term. But it can easily leave people angry and suspicious.
when sites were unencrypted http you did use to get a warning message, on https sites its just SSL error or blanco page as if it simply doesn't exist.
The reason it doesn't cause a shitstorm is so many folk are now only used to mainstream sites/apps (FB, Twitter etc) they don't even realise things are missing in the first place..
@maddiefuzz @thegibson yeah it's odd because if I try to access hackers.town on O2 cell network via VPN, the page doesn't load. Without VPN it gives my a notification to "Allow adult content" by submitting my driver's license or passport. Which like as a matter of principle is a hard no for me.
But at the same time I can access popular torrent indexes on O2.... Go figure
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