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RoBlockHead (382)

Click here to sign the petition

Please share it! https://change.org/unblock-replit

Many schools have decided to start filtering out sites such as Replit which allows students to code in the browser. Some schools have called this site a "distraction" as students are choosing to learn computer science and programming as opposed to working on other subjects. This is a problem for many teachers who use Replit, as it takes away a vital educational tool. We're looking to get Replit unblocked in schools. Not only is it an educational tool, but it is helping to inspire young people to pursue computer science, which is a growing need in our advancing world. You all know how valuable Replit is, you are the power we need to get this problem solved once and for all.

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rediar (506)

You seem to have good intentions but I don't see how this would be effective in any way...
Let's be honest: Schools don't care if some random petition tells them to unblock Repl.it. If teachers of that school can't convince the IT dude to unblock repl.it, guess what, a petition mostly made out of people not in their school won't either.
The real solution is to have teachers and students in that school convince the school. Maybe a tool kit illustrating how useful Repl.it is or something.
Not to mention the petition mischaracterizes the reason for blocks. Most blocks are probably just 1. blanket blocks not targeted at repl.it specifically 2. IT people seeing lots of traffic there and blocking it, or 3. students using it in class when they shouldn't, not because they don't want students working on computer science

rediar (506)

guess it can't hurt though so I'll probably sign the petition eventually..

HahaYes (1913)

@rediar the reasoning of prussia never fails

RayhanADev (1891)

@rediar dude you make 100% good points, but there is good reason that schools block Replit. While it may be educational, Replit runs on servers that schools can't control. You know what other servers schools can't control... VPNs and just open up a python repl and launch a web browser you got an "unblocker" as people here call it. My school required some convincing (and calling a favor with the IT dude) to get Replit unblocked but they accept the risks of allowing too smart kids to abuse the platform and it;s intentions.

UniqueOstrich18 (320)

@RayhanADev Yea but chrome running in repl with the free plan isnt usable

YashasShah (58)

@RayhanADev, umm...my school didn't block replit.com. sooo yea

AntimatterDev (33)

@RayhanADev yeah but if you were really smart you wouldnt use a python repl to make a "unblocker" and you would make a real unblocker

Jeydin21 (103)

dude you make 100% good points, but there is good reason that schools block Replit. While it may be educational, Replit runs on servers that schools can't control. You know what other servers schools can't control... VPNs and just open up a python repl and launch a web browser you got an "unblocker" as people here call it. My school required some convincing (and calling a favor with the IT dude) to get Replit unblocked but they accept the risks of allowing too smart kids to abuse the platform and it;s intentions.

@RayhanADev Well, the kids that code their way to freedom have earned it, don't you think?

RayhanADev (1891)

@Jeydin21 mhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
fair enough :)

stackoflimewool (10)

@Jeydin21 No, no they haven't. The rules are there to ensure children do not access inappropriate and distracting sites. You are not allowed to break rules just because you found a way to get around preventative measures to enforce those rules. I don't mean to be the annoying buzzkill, but you don't earn the leisure of breaking rules just because you found a way around a website blocker.

Felixelgato0235 (1)

@rediar you notice that kids get grades from this and may bit the future coders.

RayhanADev (1891)

@AntimatterDev exactly, I'm just entailing the simplicity of creating said "unbocker". There's a crap ton of them on Repl.it.

AntimatterDev (33)

@RayhanADev yeah but those arent really unblockers. they are just you viewing what happening on a vm. for it to be a real unblocker you should be able to access it from your machine and not from a vm.

novaflippers (48)

@rediar as much as you make good points i dont see a problem with a bunch of teens being as brainy as their imaginations. schools overthink everything LMAO

Kirit0 (27)

@rediar i see your standpoint. Having someone "petition" on repl to save repl from being blocked wouldnt actually do much. The fact is, your trying o convince your district, not repl itself. They will not care about what other people on the internet think, but more likely on what other people in your position. If you want it to be unblocked, just ask an administrator and give valid reasons why it would benifit you.

amasad (3351)

@rediar I can say for a fact that it's helping. We've been in touch with the IT providers that are blocking Replit and the fact that this is going semi-viral convinces them that this could be a potential public-relations issue.

We've also had reporters reach out asking about it. Great work @RoBlockHead

programmeruser (575)

@rediar

students using it in class when they shouldn't

Most kids don't even know about repl.it, they only know how to go to coolmathgames and play Run

kamicavi (4)

@stackoflimewool Have you been at a school in the last 10 years? Blocking websites only stop people who don't put in the absolute minimum effort. The real solution to stopping people accessing inappropriate/distracting sites is healthy conversations, an absence of censorship, and good teaching staff.

Jeydin21 (103)

Most kids don't even know about repl.it, they only know how to go to coolmathgames and play Run

@programmeruser That's so sad :(

sojs (295)

bro same. I created a proxy, used it once or twice, and boom. Blocked. Im on a different computer right now, but it really stinks. @RayhanADev

sojs (295)

Bro you sound a lot like my mom :) @stackoflimewool

novaflippers (48)

@programmeruser yes, but the new generation is getting brainy.. 😏

programmeruser (575)

@novaflippers what do you mean by "new generation"?

novaflippers (48)

@programmeruser the generation of new smart coders, us >:))))) (jk jk)

Jeydin21 (103)

http://www.coding2learn.org/blog/2013/07/29/kids-cant-use-computers/

@programmeruser Ok....that's kinda their fault lol. Kid didn't use a malware blocker smh my head

JamesAHelton (10)

@Jeydin21 The kids who learned the languages and built up freedom from scratch deserve it. I wouldn't say that kids who look up "how to unblock a website using python" or something deserve it though. No work was put into that.

As someone who did build an unblocker from scratch though, my friends just copy and pasted stuff. I would say that even if they did build it from scratch, it still should be blocked.

RohilPatel (1534)

My school never had a problem with repl as it's just coder100 and I @RayhanADev

phucker (3)

@stackoflimewool
are you an adult you sound like one

phucker (3)

@JamesAHelton
yes bro i rember days going on scratch searching up songs SMH NOW I USE GLITCH AND REPL I HAVE A REAL LAPTOP BUT I DONT DO MY SCHOOL WORK SO I CANT USE IT SO I USE MY SCHOOL LAPTOP FOR CODEING

Jeydin21 (103)

The kids who learned the languages and built up freedom from scratch deserve it. I wouldn't say that kids who look up "how to unblock a website using python" or something deserve it though. No work was put into that.
As someone who did build an unblocker from scratch though, my friends just copy and pasted stuff. I would say that even if they did build it from scratch, it still should be blocked.

@JamesAHelton True. But it legit only takes 2 lines of code to open a Chromium browser so you don't even have to build freedom for this 0-0
All ya gotta do is import webbot and then open a browser 2 lines boom

SudhanshuMishra (202)

@rediar not sure if i will upvote this post but I WILL PROCEED TO UPVOTE THIS COMMENT FOR SURE

stackoflimewool (10)

@kamicavi I am not at all saying that blocking websites actually does something. It is quite easy to navigate around those. I accessed blocked websites to play music when I was in school last year. This doesn't mean I wasn't breaking the rules. You can circumnavigate preventative measures, not the actual rules. Please read what I said again, as your reply is not relevant to my point. I do agree with your last sentence for the most part though.

OmN3xin (50)

@rediar my school blocks any url that has the word "unblocked" so this blocking site should do the same

DobbyK (1)

@Jeydin21 You can easily find one on replit without coding urself, but i agree with you otherwise

TheC0derGirl (203)

lul all this talk about unblockers and i somehow managed to get on sites that were blocked by doing some random keyboard shortcut xD

tussiez (1427)

@rediar Also, the problem with "unblockers" and the chance that students can look at... inappropriate content. Since the browser is running on Repl.it servers, admins see no suspicious traffic, but they see Repl.it. @AntimatterDev - I know quite a few people in my school that use an "unblocker" on Repl.it, and it works pretty well.

AbhayaAvalur (0)

@UniqueOstrich18 what do you mean by that? you mean slow?

gameprogammer (5)

@TheC0derGirl thats a glitch or some hacked site

scoopish (0)

@rediar Odd, My school unblocks both Repl.it and Change.org. I will still vote!

AnthonyFerr (14)

@UniqueOstrich18 I was able to use firefox to use reddit through replit

RowanFromBJC (46)

@RayhanADev You can use Google translate as an unblocker, if schools blocked every unblocker, there wouldn't be any sites left.

RayhanADev (1891)

@RowanFromBJC dude what are you talking about?
how would you use Google Translate as an unblocker?

RowanFromBJC (46)

@RayhanADev When you translate a url, it shows the translated page, even if the page is blocked
It doesn't render some of the CSS or JavaScript content, though

RayhanADev (1891)

@RowanFromBJC well that's interesting, I didn't know that :D
also, if it doesn't render and CSS or JS, then it doesn't show styles probably doesn't make server calls, and likely won't load anything so you might as well view a Google cache of the site :?

RoBlockHead (382)

@RayhanADev there's a way to do full site translation and it shows you the site and you can navigate through it

1andonlyaether (18)

@stackoflimewool you sound like my english teacher. they have, school is made to educate, and here it succeded.

and also it's called civil disobedience go talk to this one guy his name's mlk, tell him the same thing you told us

1andonlyaether (18)

@JamesAHelton
heehee

"from scratch"
scratch.mit.edu

1andonlyaether (18)

@scoopish

your school blocks change.org?
that's some serious censorship right there

LuckyOreos (199)

@amasad it may be great work but people can just do repl.it on their home devices and people who’s schools have it blocked probably don’t even know about it- no offense

muppi090909 (0)

@stackoflimewool you are 100% an adult
i mean i dont really use replit i just am use it as a back up editor

MaxitoPlayer (4)

@stackoflimewool wth DUDE THIS WEBSITE IS FOR ALL AGES (unless they know how to code the scripting thingy kid pastes script from tynker.com into repl.it lol) also i can easily delete website blockers lol
ye i could show you i can show you in sumthing like idk umm in a repl but it ez just rightclick and remove from cromebuk

rediar (506)

@Kirit0 Exactly, its naive to think school administrators care about what random people on the internet think.

JamesAHelton (10)

@1andonlyaether Well I did start my journey on scratch and i do a lot of planning out on there ¯\(ツ)

rediar (506)

@1andonlyaether I was going to write a lengthy response but gave up. Anyways I'm not sure you understand and properly read my comment.

scoopish (0)

@1andonlyaether I said they DON'T censor either website -_-

WilliamLindenbe (10)

@programmeruser Yeah. Only coding kids will bother to do something that will actually stop the school from blocking them.
Our school uses hapara, wich shows the teacher what tabs we have open. Got past that though.
https://gg.williamlindenbe.repl.co/

1andonlyaether (18)

@programmeruser
What it doesn't say is all of the Karens that can't use them either. literally installing malware is a staple of Karen culture, among the right of passages of screaming for the manager and being easily offended.

rediar (506)

@nahu is it just me or is that a mee6 pfp?

stackoflimewool (10)

@1andonlyaether Are you really comparing bypassing website blockers to access inappropriate sites to one of the most important and influential civil rights leaders in the history of the US? Please tell me you're joking.

ljdsilva07 (9)

lol change.org is blocked for me haahha

YashasShah (58)

@ljdsilva07, unblocking replit.com by releasing a black site lol. It isnt for me tho 0_0

RoBlockHead (382)

@ljdsilva07 this intrigues me, especially as change.org can be a useful research source for social problems

Jeydin21 (103)

@RoBlockHead They don't care, they just don't want us protesting against the school or something lol

angrydoge (474)

-_- nice one cisco

you little piece of-
Baconman321 (1050)

@elburg Half of the replies are probably from students, though. You got to remember that any blocking software is going to be 1-starred from the victims :/

elburg (37)

@Baconman321 i know...

BUT THE COMMENTS THO...

Baconman321 (1050)

@elburg From what angrydoge experiences before, yes it seems to be a bit oversensitive (multiple times it says "blocked for security reasons". Either they don't label their reasons specifically or Cisco is triggered by everything).

I think my Dad uses something like Cisco and yes, it blocks everything... primarily because it blocks any website without a web reputation score.

Then again, he chooses to block almost everything as well which is a big oof to me but he aint caring (which is sad because I'm trying to learn here!)

Ok, lol I just looked up a website that gives away hacks/exploits and it's web reputation is trustworthy (kinda ironic ngl)... XD

TheC0derGirl (203)

@angrydoge at least cisco's pretending to save ur browser, mine just says ACCESS DENIED. CHECK WITH YOUR ADMINISTRATOR IF YOU REQUIRE ACCESS TO THIS WEBSITE.

i still hate u cisco-

tussiez (1427)

@angrydoge SECURITY THREAT DETECTED AND BLOCKED

angrydoge (474)

Yeah there is a way to disable it @TheC0derGirl. If you press Search+ESC which opens the task manager, then go to cisco and press "end task" you can do whatever the firck you want without blocks.

But...

My admin disabled the end task button. :(

TheC0derGirl (203)

@angrydoge >:(((

thanks tho ill try it out but...

my admin blocked INSPECT!! INSPECT! if thats blocked i dont think end task will be enabled :(

HaveenUthaysoot (0)

@TheC0derGirl use a proxy to get on repkit if it is blocked or anything such as coolseagull.design, moonglow.icu ect

tussiez (1427)

@angrydoge
-[Security threat detected and blocked.]

FlaminHotValdez (430)

@angrydoge every single time you do this...and every single time

it
gets

funnier

and

even

funnier

AndrewMarkarian (15)

@angrydoge The Fact that people are taking action to cisco umbrella is amazing!

ThisUserTaken (237)

@angrydoge oof. Our school doesn't block repl.it luckily

angrydoge (474)

Is that the MEE6 profile picture you have there? @nahu

bwoop (111)

Lol my school district unblocked repl.it and the next day i see this... kinda weird my guy...

ChaosDragonSai (5)

The funny thing is my school uses replit for teaching...

KierstenKuk (19)

It's not blocked for me! I use a school chromebook!

ErrorAtNight (2)

It's probably not blocked in your school district... Not for me either! But this post is blocked so...

@KierstenKuk

ErrorAtNight (2)

You are allowed to take your own computers to your school? cool!

@NeilShah1

ErrorAtNight (2)

Oh! Yeah, when I am at home I also use my own computer... Good for coding!

@KierstenKuk

SeamusDonahue (437)

psssst, get a browser from chrome webstore if you can. it circumvents most blockers. @KierstenKuk

52eagle (50)

@SeamusDonahue they can block apps on the webstore, or only allow you to install apps that they put on something like a whitelist

SeamusDonahue (437)

I don't think they whitelist apps but blacklist em. and bit browser or gb browser should work @52eagle

52eagle (50)

@SeamusDonahue I think they shouldn't do either, but whitelisting is much easier for the school to manage, since there are thousands of apps. Every time when someone downloads something that they want taken down, the school would have to blacklist it, which would take forever.

SeamusDonahue (437)

its what my school does... @52eagle

RoBlockHead (382)

@52eagle lots of the web filters go based off of website "category", which is basically just how automated systems classify a site (this could also be based off of larger lists that have been made by other companies). This would just be blacklisting, and I suspect replit has been specifically blacklisted.

novaflippers (48)

@ErrorAtNight vice versa for me, the school lets us take the chromebooks home as long as we take good care of them. works for me, instead of getting a PC i just use some tricks to get windows running, and we dont have to return the chrome until quarantine end :D

ErrorAtNight (2)

Oh yeah... If we need to, we can take the chromebooks home but I don't...

@novaflippers

novaflippers (48)

@ErrorAtNight I dont have access to other tech so chromebook just works best for me, considering most libraries are closed.

SharkCoding (11)

This isn't a problem for me. I just use the free SetupVPN for chrome, but I voted anyways because for those who do lots of work here, (like me) it's annoying when the page is blocked.

Jeydin21 (103)

lol we're probably gonna reach 1000 votes. Not that it'll change anything though, they're probably gonna ignore you when you show up with your petition.

AntimatterDev (33)

@Jeydin21 yeah but what if it does? what if they will see that he/she went out and found people who believe in the same thing they do. school tries to teach us things but your probably learning more from this than school. creating a petition like this shows you how to bring people together toward a common cause and that's very useful in the work force.

NotMrMan (97)

@AntimatterDev plus the fact that at least half of what you get taught in school is useless

I'm in 7th grade and my science teacher is teaching the class scratch. I already learned HTML, basic CSS, basic C#, and Python.

If they really wanted to support the students, they could at least let them use it. it could get them a job in the future.

PYTHORE3605 (103)

#@$%^!*
It's blocked...

TurtleAndrew (192)

It got blocked at my school and luckily i had another way to program but i almost wasn't able to program anymore. I hope this petition works because computer science is the best subject.

EvanIngoldsby (1)

I got my school to unblock it last Friday!

httsmvkcom (33)

There are no computers at all in a regular school in Russia lol

Baconman321 (1050)

For those of you who got replit blocked...

Learn good writing skills.

I can say for a fact that I wanted something unblocked, and so I wrote a whole letter to my principal (it's a small school so she probably knows me personally, or at least more personally than a principal at a big school) that only took two minutes and they treated it like it was a work of art. This technically wasn't for replit, but they did block it last school year when I started using it. I simply asked my case manager and they had it unblocked.

And for those of you who get rejected...

Lift your head up, at least you guys have it better than me.

I have to go to the library for a computer (other than my school computer that I use for remote learning)!

It's embarrassing and humiliating, as well as just downright inconvenient. You guys probably have devices of your own.

No matter what, there will always be someone who has it worse than you, so be happy that most of you probably have at least some efficient and solid way to access replit.

Oh wait, I think the library had it blocked now (maybe that was just because of replit transitioning, I'll try it again later).

FlaminHotValdez (430)

@Baconman321

I...feel really bad...there is always someone who has it worse than you.

Words of a wise man

MaxitoPlayer (4)

@Baconman321 ya but you can go to the other library also remove the site blocker

btw chromebuk is very baaaaaaaddddddd

Baconman321 (1050)

@MaxitoPlayer You can't remove the site blocker, it's a network proxy (I think).

Yeah, chromebooks suck IMO.

RoBlockHead (382)

We just passed 1k signatures!

bennyrobert (47)

It isn't blocked in my school. What country is this petition for?

mollthecoder (19)

@bennyrobert Not every school in the world blocks replit.com, it's just for the ones that do.

AntimatterDev (33)

yeah idc if my school blocks the site. i already have a proxy server running that practically invincible. as they block the domains it is on i just unown that domain and get a new domain. so idc if they block anything i can just use my server to get onto it. For others though the blocking educational things is a problem so ill deff be signing the petition

angrydoge (474)

why don't you run it on a static IP address, and get a domain name for the IP @AntimatterDev? That way if they block the domain, they're still not blocking the IP.

AntimatterDev (33)

@angrydoge idk how to do that on repl.it

AntimatterDev (33)

im not running it on my local machine im running it as a website from repl.it that i then go to on my pc and use

angrydoge (474)

You have to run it on a computer @AntimatterDev

AntimatterDev (33)

@angrydoge yeah i cant do that on my pc since its a school pc and i wouldn't be able to access it if i were to run it on my home server since i cant port forward (parents rules)

tussiez (1427)

@AntimatterDev You're pretty lucky, changing the proxy server is blocked for me :(

AntimatterDev (33)

@tussiez i dont connect my pc to a proxy. i use a custom made website

novaflippers (48)

@AntimatterDev I just install OpenWrT on my router, followed by some software to get ubuntu 20.04 running along with a GUI. It is super, and SUPER slow, and I only use it as a storage server. other, i still use a chromebook w/windows

AntimatterDev (33)

@novaflippers yeah im actually in person for schooling and cant modify the router. so i use proxy site

MysticEmeralds (0)

Huh, funny how this website isn't blocked for me, yet the petition link is.

muppi090909 (0)

@stackoflimewool yea thats probably my cousin just ignore it

nahu (27)

i used to have replit.com ublock then today at school it got banned

IsaacMoisao (1)

My school blocked the link to sign the petition, but I can still use replit!

Katheryn9 (0)

Our school uses Repl.it all the time

MaxitoPlayer (4)

ctrl SHIFT I time...

Unclyscam123 (3)

All very good points... but I think what repl should do is make a school-friendly version or something like that. Like it has no repl talk and only toutorils. The teacher can choose what kids can do. It's almost like repl classroom.

Kookiez (385)

@Unclyscam123 What, there's teams for education, and just ignore talk if you don't want to see it...

spacebot (1)

You make a very good point but if it's not available of school I think they could learn it outside of school. And the schools might have a good reason and intentions to block them.

RhinoRunner (692)

teachers: block replit.com
students: make petition to unblock it
teachers: block the petition

you know me, I had to make a meme out of it

MadMath123 (51)

@RhinoRunner Though that the globe map in the background was sheen from trees... smh lol

RhinoRunner (692)

@MadMath123 wait sheen is in the background?

CyberHacker101 (111)

oof my school blocked replit at least the unblocked it...

DavidShen2 (60)

I tried to get it unblocked. They were unsympathetic:

Unfortunately, we are unable to open the site. repl.it, repl.co, repl.run are
a series of sites that yes, do contain good ways to learn scripting and
coding, do contain unmoderated scripts and software that could be used to
circumvent the functions of the web filter that we use. Because of those
reasons, we are unable to open those sites for students.

MadMath123 (51)

@DavidShen2 I mean, they do have a fair point. I think an effort to compromise would help repl.it grow, like a form for webpages to be unblocked, checked by trusted humans. IDK tho.

LuckyOreos (199)

Repl.it’s not blocked for me but your website is.