Apparently the filtering is category based. I gather that ldsmediatalk.com is blocked because all social networking or talk sites are blocked. Any uncategorized sites, such as ldsclerks.org are blocked. I would guess that byubroadcasting.org is blocked because it has media content, just like youtube does. I can't figure out why ldscatalog.com is blocked, since I can go to other online ordering sites, such as some of those I use to purchase computer hardware and software. However, it's comforting to know that I can go to msn.com and see the latest entertainment news on Brittney Spears. In other words, the filtering is aggressive but inconsistent.
I certainly want the filtering to protect users from harmful sites, and I know that it is always difficult to strike the balance between protection and reasonable access. But when those last two perfectly harmless, and quite useful sites are blocked, and furthermore they are sites owned by the Church, I think the balance is tilted way too far on the side of protection.
I had assumed that LDS Extended Access would be similar to the filtering that is used in Family History Centers, but it is much more aggressive in its blocking. Does anyone know of a process we can use to request adjustments to the filtering? In its current configuration, it is preventing clerks from doing very reasonable clerk work.