I posted yesterday about the blocking of Gates of Vienna by ISPs in the UK and elsewhere, asking readers to supply information about whether their access to this site has been limited. It was my hope to crowdsource the data collection in order to assess the extent of the issue; to research it by other means would have been difficult, time-consuming, and beyond my level of skill as an internet sleuth.
There were numerous responses in the comments and via email, enough to get a start on the dataset. I collected everything in a table as it came in, and the results are below. As you can see, there were twenty-three responses — not a large enough sample yet to do a statistical analysis, but a good start:
|UK||W. Yorkshire||Virgin Media||No|
|USA||Schenectady, NY||Time Warner||Yes
Notice that there are several ISPs that have both blocked and not blocked this site. That’s a sign that there’s more to this issue than a simple blacklisting of URLs or IP addresses.
There is an inherent problem with collecting data in this fashion, since it is a self-selected sample that must of necessity exclude a fair number of data points where access is actually being blocked, because the blockee would be unable to see my request for information.
To make the process work, we’ll need to get data from people who can’t read this post. So if you have friends and family members who have attempted to access Gates of Vienna and were unable to, or if that has happened to you in the past, please drop by and leave a comment that includes as much relevant data as you have. Country and ISP are the crucial parameters.