I know from here that lmgtfy is banned, but I've noticed http://www.playerdiy.com/ is as well. What other sites are banned?

Until Jeff answers definitively this is a 'poll' type question. When you find a site that is blocked, please post it as an answer here.


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I agree however with the "what content exactly" part of the question.

If you refuse a post because of a content, explain what it is, or this is just frustrating. I once fought with a stupid post office form for 30 minutes to understand what "invalid character" was in what I wrote, because it wouldn't tell me.

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    This, a thousand times. I just gave up on a post after trying over a dozen different variations because I never could find what part of my content it didn't like. Jun 25, 2012 at 20:24

Personally, I favor downvoting and deleting all answers that are just in the form of a web link, since one goal of SO is to have all necessary information on the site, and there's always the chance that information elsewhere will be deleted or modified so it's no longer appropriate. It's also possible that people will read SO offline sometimes, much as there's ways to read Wikipedia offline.

This is true of the bleep answers I've seen: they're links to links to potentially incorrect and potentially temporary information. I don't see any use for bleep on this site other than feeling superior to others, and find any banning quite reasonable.

This is not to say that people shouldn't Google for information before replying, or provide links to outside sources, only that people should include enough information in the post itself to be useful.

Note: I do think preventing submission of the first version of this answer because of a textual mention (not a link) of a site formed from the initials of "Let me Google that for you" may be going overboard. At least on MSO, where we might be expected to discuss these things.


I wouldn't expect Jeff to post a blacklist of excluded sites - why make it easy to find alternatives to the blocked ones?

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    So instead we have to guess.
    – user27414
    Feb 12, 2010 at 1:23
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    A better approach would be for Jeff to post what sites he intends to blacklist.
    – Tom Ritter
    Feb 12, 2010 at 13:54
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    @Tom - A better approach would be for Jeff to post what criteria he uses when deciding whether to blacklist a site or not. This would allow the community to self police, and suggest sites to Jeff that may not already be blocked.
    – Pollyanna
    Feb 12, 2010 at 14:03

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