Not Big in China

For some reason, my blog is banned in China, according to this testing tool. Or is it? Every address that I tried, including ones that are in the .cn domain, came back as rejected. They state, “This version, 1.0 may report sites as being ‘blocked’, while there are only technical reasons for their unavailability.” Hmm.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to point at results from a tool like this as reliable and useful when it seems to be broken on a regular basis. I’d rather see them take the tool down when it is not actually working than to leave it up and generate bogus negatives. It kind of makes you wonder, though, if there is any sort of legerdemain going on where test results are manipulated as they return through the Great Firewall of China.

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