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This might wind up be closed as too localized but I figured I would post asking for help.

This morning when I got into work I noticed that images on StackOverflow questions (example) are being blocked if they are hosted on i.stack.imgur.com.

If I browse directly to the URL of the image I get the lovely Blocked Website message that our company uses for inappropriate and restricted websites.

Our organization uses Bluecoat to determine the site's allowed or not allowed based on the categorization of the site. i.stack.imgur.com is classified as Online Storage thus is restricted for usage. But I can browse to imgur.com with no restrictions.

Any chance you can fixed this by getting i.stack.imgur.com reclassified?

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stack.imgur is also blocked where I work, however it's determined by our IT department. Domain blocking software is usually configurable to each company since not everywhere is going to want to block the same sites. I suggest you enquire with your IT dept. – Ian Dec 3 '12 at 15:10
@Ian they will only unblock websites that have legitimate business reason for usage. stack.imgur.com will not fall into category of legitimate business need. I think stack.imgur.com just got moved into the Online Storage category since I had no issues last week. – bluefeet Dec 3 '12 at 15:13
@bluefeet Is i.imgur.com blocked? Here's a random example pulled from their front page to test. If you're a programmer Stack Overflow must be considered a legitimate business resource, and stack.imgur is part of that. – Jeremy Banks Dec 3 '12 at 15:17
@JeremyBanks no that is not blocked, just stack.imgur is blocked – bluefeet Dec 3 '12 at 15:18
i.stack.imgur.com is "currently categorized as Computers/Internet and Online Storage". You may be able to convince your IT department to whitelist it based on its usage in Stack Overflow; my IT department has apparently done so. – mmyers Dec 3 '12 at 15:21
@mmyers I will submit a request to our IT department but it can take up to 3 months for it to be re-categorized. – bluefeet Dec 3 '12 at 15:37
My employer has been blocking it for many months (as "media storage"), too. Their filtering software made that determination (and exceptions are nearly impossible to get). Yeah, I want to send posts from UX to my home email to look at many hours later, sure I do... – Monica Cellio Dec 3 '12 at 16:03
I have the same issue. Closed why? unlikely to help any future visitors? (Wrong). Relevant to small geographic area (wrong) specific moment in time (wrong) extraordinary blah blah blah (wrong). – Nick May 6 '13 at 22:47
In my opinion, this is not too localized, as in many locations imgur and subdomains are blocked for questionable content/media/bandwidth/generic excuse. Please reopen for consideration. – hexafraction May 22 '14 at 20:52

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