Category Prioritization Before Blocking or Allowing

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    rotblitz

    That would be a total redesign.  Currently categories are not and cannot be used for "unblocking" of any kind.  Categories are purely there for blocking.  I do not think that OpenDNS will ever be going for this.  But who knows...  Let's OpenDNS decide about your idea.

    "I'm not seeing the option to do it"

    How exactly would "the option" look like from a user perspective?  Do you want to:

    • add a priority to each category into a category priority field?  No matter if the category is checked or not?
    • a category also taken care of if not checked?  (Currently it is simply disregarded.)

    Btw, "the option to do it" for your listed case is there.  I'll open your eyes: you block the Blogs category and add lifehacker.com to your "never block" list.  You're done!  Far easier than to set priorities for 80 or so categories and weight them each to each other.

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    sawemoff

    It's not as hard as you're making it sound. The purpose is to keep from having a list of "Never Blocks" a mile long.  And it is much easier. As a network engineer and admin of a corporate filter myself, the product we use has this option and is pretty easy. Next to each category, you have a box that you can put a number in. The higher the number, that takes priority to allow the site through. As I said in my example, Software/Tech (which is unchecked) would get a priority of say 100 and blogs(which is checked) would get 0. So a site like lifehacker would be allowed because it has a higher priority of the 2 categories it is tagged with. If opendns is going to have multiple tags for sites, this only makes sense to do.

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    mattwilson9090

    As rotblitz has already said, this would require a total redesign. The entire system is based upon allowing all traffic unless it is blacklisted by domain or category, with exceptions for blacklisted items. The system you are describing sounds like it blocks everything unless it is whitelisted by category or domain (or whatever the criteria is). The two are radically different.

    A better answer for you would be to use this other product that you obviously feel is superior. They obviously put the engineering into this feature that you want, while OpenDNS has spent their engineering features elsewhere, as well as having a different philosophy of operations.

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    sawemoff

    It would not require a redesign. You guys aren't getting it. It's not blocking everything unless it is whitelisted. You have your categories checked and unchecked like you want them. Beside each category is a field box that defaults to 0. All you do for the categories you have unchecked is up the number in that box a bit. Like to 50 or 100. I mean, I had to "Never Block" ESPN for God's sake because out of the 3 or 4 categories ESPN is tied to, one of them is Games. Since I have Games blocked, I had to "Never Block" go.com.  If there was this priority system (again, just a simple square field off to the side of the category that you fill in), I could have had my Games at 0 and Sports (which is unchecked) at 50 and ESPN would have been allowed because the system would have compared the two and let the higher priority go through.

    Again, it's not as hard as you guys are making it out to be. And again, with numerous sites having multiple categories tied to them it make perfect sense to do this and it would result in a lot less administrative overhead and prevent having your "Never Block" lists being a mile long.

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    sawemoff

    It might be hard to see, but here's what it would look like. See attached file.




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    sawemoff

    Just found that off the web, I'll get a screenshot of what I use at work later today.

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    sawemoff

    Ok, look at this screenshot I attached. I work at a K-12 institution. As you can see in the image, the category Education is allowed, but the Games category is blocked. You see the priority field? Games has 0 and Education has 500. So when a site comes up that is tagged with both categories, The Education category takes precedence because it's priority is higher. 

    Let's take that to my opendns experience: ESPN is tagged with Sports, Games and 1-2 other categories that I can't recall right now. But out of the 4 total categories it's tagged with, it was blocked and I had to "Never Block" it because I have Games blocked (the 1 out of 4 categories I had blocked). With this priority system, it would have been allowed because I would have had Sports set to a higher number thus automatically allowing the site to go through. 

    Once again, this keeps you and other users from having to constantly modify your "Never Block" or "Always Block" lists.




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