Improving OpenDNS

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    rotblitz (Edited )

    "2- include a 'sorting' of any column in the reports"

    You download the domain stats in CSV format, and then you can sort and filter as you want.  This is what the CSV feature is for.

    "3- Establish a filter feature to capture record based on inputted string. "

    Can you explain what you mean by "inputted string"?  Do you mean a browsers address field?  If so, how do you suggest to get this information to OpenDNS via the DNS protocol?  I'm asking, because this information is generally not being sent and is not part of this protocol.

    "4- Introduce a GUI feature for downloading all pages' records to Excel in one shot, rather than doing it page by page, or allow an extended number of records to appear in a single page."

    Until this is implemented in 20 years, use the OpenDNS fetchstats tool. 
    https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/220022787

    "5- Allow more URLs to be included in the whitelist and blacklist "

    DNS doesn't know about URLs, just about domain names.  Therefore these lists accept only domain names.  Btw, you get double the number of slots with OpenDNS Home VIP.  If you need it, buy it!

    "6- Have flagged URLs reviewed faster for classifications of where they should belong."

    That's you not participating in the domain tagging system.  So start with supporting this.
    https://community.opendns.com/domaintagging/faq/

    "7- Include full URL rather than just a domain in the report/stats, and include device name who requested any such URL."

    I say it again, DNS doesn't know about URLs, just about domain names.  URLs is something else, not in scope with DNS, and simply not possible with DNS and today's internet standards.

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    mattwilson9090

    I agree with all of what rotblitz said, but he missed one detail in #7.

    The device name of a device making a DNS request (not URL as he has explained) cannot be logged for similar reasons. Today's DNS and internet standards (not OpenDNS) do not support sending this kind of data across the internet. If you want device information you will need to use one of paid Umbrella products that supports it, and then you will need to add software to your network in order to use the function.

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    khalma1r

    Thank you both for your comments. Really appreciate your promptness!
    Remarks:
    What I meant in point #3 is a filtering criteria or facility like the filter feature of MS Excel. With that it is possible to grab records of a certain string , e.g. *wordpress.com.

    For the CVS thing I was aware of that, from your other posts in the forums. However, I meant a full upgrade of this classic looks and functions of current OpenDNS.
    Finally, for the tagging I did not understand exactly what was meant! I tag domains occasionally though rarely. However, do they really require voting to proceed to moderator or final judge?! How many votes are needed to further tagging to next level? Why not from first round for the obvious ones?

    And thank you for pointing URLs and the Umbrella package.

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    mattwilson9090

    @khalma1r Yes, domain tagging requires votes, just as the page says. It is a commuity driven feature, and voting is part of the community process. I have not seen publicly available information for how many votes are needed, but it appears that it can vary by category, i.e. some categories might need more votes than others. What do you mean by "the first round"? There are not multiple rounds of voting. Once a domain has met the threshold number of votes it is finalized or a categorization is rejected. There are some domains where OpenDNS manually categorizes things, such as facebook.com or microsoft.com, or when they are responding to trouble tickets or other issues, but the standard method is via the voting you were directed to.

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    khalma1r

    Understood! First round referred to the first instance of tagging, i.e. without actually going to the voting level.

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    mattwilson9090

    Once someone tags a domain it is immediately available for voting. There is no going to the voting level since the submission is what starts the whole process. There really isn't a round one because there is rount two. There is only submission, voting, and then approval or rejection.

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