Allow the use of wildcards in domain names

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    Alexander Harrison

    Hello,

    Thank you for your idea. We do have this implemented as implied wildcards. If you type google.com in a white or black lists, it is implemented as *.google.com. The same goes for ru, which implies *.ru. The only one of the wildcard filters provided above (h323.*.net) that is not possible is the inline wildcard. The ability to use inline wildcards is not a planned feature at this time.

    Best regards,

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    bleep2000ltd

    Helpful answer but I'm not sure what the last sentence "The only one of these filters is the inline wildcard, which is not planned at this time due." means. Would you rephrase it please?

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    Alexander Harrison

    Hello,

    Rephrasing the last sentence (edited in the post to avoid future confusion) into legible English, "The only one of the wildcard filters provided above (h323.*.net) that is not possible is the inline wildcard. The ability to use inline wildcards is not a planned feature at this time." I agree that the sentence was not at all clear in its first form!

    Best regards,

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    bleep2000ltd

    Thanks very much for your response, so if I wanted to ensure that

    barredsite.co.uk

    barredsite.com

    barredsite.eu

    were blocked, I couldn't use

    barredsite.*

    but would have to list them individually?

    I am using the Netgear parental controls which don't seem to take effect immediately, do you have any idea how long should be allowed to test whether a particular filter string is working?

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    rotblitz

    "would have to list them individually?"  -  Yes.

    "which don't seem to take effect immediately"

    This is unrelated to LPC, but related to your caches which you must flush after a settings change. 
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/23281284-Clearing-the-DNS-Cache-on-Computers-and-Servers 
    https://support.opendns.com/entries/23739610-Clearing-the-DNS-Cache-on-Browsers

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    scope1

    @Alexander: I wish you would implement inline wildcard blocking.. I might not want to block a whole group, for example Chat, which causes problems with certain Google services (that uses certain domains within the Chat group for some files, etc), but I would like to block certain websites within Chat.. So rather than me having to block domain1.co.uk, domain1.com, domain1.de, domain1.fr (the list goes on for some of the companies out there), I would like to block *.domain1.*, 1 simple line..   I have been using OpenDNS for a few years, but this limitation has prompted me to look elsewhere for similar services.. I might not find any, but I do wish OpenDNS would implement it...

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    electricowl
    The use of wildcards is such an obvious requirement from a user point of view it's hard to see why it hasn't been implemented.

    Are there any tech blogs covering this so we can understand why?
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    rotblitz

    The "Why" is human errors, not to be documented in tech blogs.  This feature would come with too much support effort, because most users would not use it wise...

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