Create categories for Ad Tracking and for Web infrastructure, and allow * domains

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    rotblitz

    "and allow * domains...  and *.doubleclick.net can't even be added to the list."

    It can. You just add doubleclick.net to your "always block" list. This blocks this and all subdomains. Same with any other domains. You can block even all of org or net or whatever by adding this to your blacklist.

    Btw, I see you want to slow down your surfing. Funny. This happens if you start to try blocking trackers and ads with an external service like OpenDNS. It doesn't make sense to create even more traffic for something you don't want to see. Blocking such things locally will increase your surfing experience. Ghostery and AdBlock Plus are popular tools for this.

    "Another interesting example is *.in-addr.arpa ... which is just web infrastructure ... reverse DNS lookups... harmless but clutter the reports."

    So, are you saying you don't want to see all of your DNS stats, but selected stuff only, e.g. without PTR lookups? Well, I want to see all of my DNS stats.

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    joestamp

    I do NOT want to filter those necessarily... I wanted to add them to the list to be tagged. I just want them categorized so that when I download the .csv file I can filter them out... but instead they show up as being completely uncategorized.

     

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    rotblitz

    I see now what you mean. I would think the categories were introduced for content filtering purposes only, not for statistical purposes.  There are many domains not being categorized, probably the majority.  Other people raised ideas to group them under an "uncategorized" category.

    Let's see what OpenDNS staff have to say to your idea.

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    joestamp

    The central point here is that there's a difference between a domain that's never been seen before (like a new site that could be porn?) vs. a domain name that's known to be benign, for tracking or for something that doesn't need to be filtered.

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