Monday, November 19, 2007

New "test your website" site -- are you banned in China?

This one is my favorite yet, test to see if your website (would) be blocked in China.

Mine, of course, came up blocked.

Turns out that it doesn't necessarily mean you really are blocked, so it's a bit of an activist gimick site. Fun nonetheless.

Enjoy the last shreds of your "untrammeled" U.S. internet,



Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. Unsympathetic as I am to censorship, I decided to see if ANY website would fail to be blocked. I tried the following sites:
- my blog. BLOCKED
- my web site. BLOCKED
- Fonte Coffee Roaster: BLOCKED
- US Weather Service 7 day forecast for Walla Walla: BLOCKED
- Flyin Miata (aftermarket modifications for Mazda Miatas) BLOCKED
- Chinese (PRC) Government Ministry of Health BLOCKED

As a final experiment I replaced the home page of my site with a blank page (not sure how to embed the tags in my comments so I will omit the brackets: HTML/HTML). BLOCKED

Conclusion: the site is a well-intentioned hoax to support a point.

Bpaul said...

Bah, oh well was fun while it lasted LOL.

And yes, it's well intentioned so I'm not going to nuke the post or anything.

Anonymous said...

Yah, I'm a real Scrooge, a true spoilsport and an old grump...


I didn't think you should nuke the post, I was just curious about how they determined whether a site would be blocked (beyond a few obvious keywords) I was also curious about their ability to deal with multiple languages (the MOH site is in chinese), so I tried it...