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We are using a site blocker (Websense, I call it webnonsense) to block URLs that are potentially dangerous or that the business deems 'un-worthy'.

Stack Overflow's avatars are blocked by Websense.

Any ideas why it does that?

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I think this belongs on – John W Dec 23 '09 at 21:23
I think this belongs in an email to Jeff. – NSD Dec 23 '09 at 21:23
Stackoverflow has a user profile picture uploader? That's news to me, I do know we use gravatar as the avatar manager. – johnnyArt Dec 23 '09 at 21:24
@johnnyArt: yeah, the OP meant gravatar; perhaps he thought it had some association with SO. – Ether Dec 24 '09 at 2:14

Gravatar permits X-rated photos as avatars (sites can exclude them, as well as R- and PG-13-rated ones, from display). As such, it's not particularly surprising that Websense blocks it - they're notoriously trigger-happy.

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Why the downvote? Both statements are true - Gravatar permits X-rated photos (but allows sites to exclude them from display), and Websense is notoriously trigger-friendly. – ceejayoz Dec 23 '09 at 21:53
We use Websense and and I can view Gravatar fine. The IT department here must know what's up. – snicker Dec 23 '09 at 22:13
@snicker To my knowledge, Websense lets you pick what categories to block. I'm guessing Gravatar isn't in one of the categories your folks target. – ceejayoz Dec 24 '09 at 14:26

I'm unclear -- are you referring to the gravatar image URLs or the site itself?

Can you see this image?

If you can see that, then the gravatar images, at least, are not blocked.

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MY ​​​​​EYES!!! – mmyers Dec 23 '09 at 21:57
My work proxy filters gravatar images. And most OpenID logins ;-p Gotta login outside of the office. But my work has an unnaturally sensitive filter. – Marc Gravell Dec 23 '09 at 21:58
lol @ mmyers. Whatever happened to TheTXI? The holiday season must be rough at his office. Haven't heard a peep.. – Jeff Atwood Dec 23 '09 at 22:16
Judging by the clues in Welbog's answer, it looks like he's got a January 1 deadline for something that he doesn't think is possible. Maybe he'll be back after that. (Or maybe he'll be fired and be here a lot!) – mmyers Dec 23 '09 at 22:41

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