Problems with public wifi preventing access to Mumsnet

(57 Posts)
RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 03-Oct-13 17:05:51

Hi all,

We have recently had an email regarding a public library blocking access to Mumsnet as it contains 'pornography content'.

We do know we are a site for adults and can be rather <ahem> sweary and we know that some filters can be rather sensitive to this.

We have heard of other issues involving Mumsnet being blocked from sports centres and college sites.

So, we were wondering if anyone else had this problem?

Have you ever had difficulty accessing Mumsnet from a public place via their wifi and if so, were you given a reason?

Thank you in advance blames bumsex friday wink

Tee2072 Thu 03-Oct-13 17:35:14

Never. And I've used it all over the place with all sorts of Wifi. Including the public library.

If anyone has that problem, switch to 3/4G! grin

MmeLindor Thu 03-Oct-13 17:40:24

Nope, but I don't use public wifi very often.

I was blocked in my local public library on one account, but my partners account wasn't blocked at the same time.

Haven't tried anywhere else.

HepsibubbleCauldronToad Thu 03-Oct-13 18:09:47

Yep I did when DD3 was in hospital. However, I spoke to and emailed the wifi provider (St George's London if that helps), and they lifted the block. Handy really as she was in for 10 days and I'd have suffered... wink

maillotjaune Thu 03-Oct-13 18:15:24

My work wifi won't let me on when I try to use the phone (forcing me to use the pc on my desk grin). It is a college.

Iloveredvelvetcake Thu 03-Oct-13 18:18:48

Yes, I can't access it on free underground wi-fi. A weird error message comes and it's the only place I get it.

DanielMcSpaniel Thu 03-Oct-13 18:36:14

Not the whole site but both Tesco and McDonald's have a tendency to block threads it deems unsuitable. Not quite sure where the.line is drawn though.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ditto maillotjaune

JacqueslePeacock Thu 03-Oct-13 19:26:30

How do you know it's blocked? I mean, as opposed to the site just going down?

lougle Thu 03-Oct-13 19:34:13

I find it very hard to access it at DD1's school. I often have to go on to mobile data rather than wifi. If I do manage to get on, it's an unformatted site - just list form.

pickofthepops Thu 03-Oct-13 19:36:28

Yes! Makes sense now. At the mot garage today, library too. Lunacy!

Tee2072 Thu 03-Oct-13 20:59:39

Jacquesle when the site is down, there is a message from HQ. When it's blocked you'll get a different message.

I would imagine it's 'breast', 'vagina', etc that's getting the site blocked. That's the problem with filters.

Yumsnet Thu 03-Oct-13 21:29:20

Yes, this happened to me this morning, free O2 wifi at Waitrose. I think it was a thread I'd already had open (so not sure if some parts of MN were blocked and others not as I didn't go any further).

MirandaWest Thu 03-Oct-13 21:53:12

This happens in my local library. Can't remember exactly what the message is but is along the lines of pornography I think. Will try and remember to check tomorrow.

I had assumed it was the site being down but now I'm thinking it was probably blocked.
Bastards.

Ineedanewone Thu 03-Oct-13 22:37:48

I sometimes look in during my lunch time at work ( local authority) and any sweary or sex words block access.

blondieminx Thu 03-Oct-13 22:40:59

Yes, this happens at Greater Anglia railway stations when using their wifi which they call "the cloud". I get a message about pornographic content too!

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mumeeee Thu 03-Oct-13 23:14:48

No never had a problem and I use Wifi a lot of different places and often use The cloud.

I've used The Cloud on both my phone and my tablet to access MN and never had an issue so far (mainly in Cafe Nero and sitting at bus stops outside various obliging public houses...) Was also Mning with no problem using IKEA's wifi whilst waiting for a friend this morning smile

YoureBeingADick Thu 03-Oct-13 23:21:05

Yes ive had problems in mcdonalds blush grin

I think filters are a good thing. If it means children cannot readily access porn and that you can lift the filter for individual websites (as someone indicated up thread) then what's the big deal?

Not getting MN vs porn everywhere.....? Tough choice
hmm

Tee2072 Fri 04-Oct-13 07:28:39

Filters are draconian and ridiculous.

Keep an eye on what your children are doing on the web. Don't expect the ISP to do it for you.

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