I'm working on a software development company. Most of time I spend my time in StackOverflow and other related network sites. Today I noticed that Network administration has blocked us from login into StackOverflow user accounts. I can't go to login page. I am allowed only to visit the site as a visitor. Most of the time I was chatting in chat rooms. They might have tracked this.

should I talk to IT head regarding this matter?

If I do so, how should I justify the reason to be able to logged into the StackOverflow user account?

I feel so frustrated right now. Should I look for another place? If so, will it be a reasonable fact as a programmer?

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    What's your goal, to find another job? Or to get them to unblock it? It's not clear what you are trying to accomplish here..
    – enderland
    Aug 26, 2015 at 13:55
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    What did you talk about in the chatrooms? Aug 26, 2015 at 13:58
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    "Most of time I spend my time in StackOverflow and other related network sites." is that what generates value for your company and what you are paid for?
    – das Keks
    Aug 26, 2015 at 14:07
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    "is it legal to restrict things like these?" <-- It's your company's network, they obviously can make the rules on what you can and can't access. Besides, it's not like the site is truly "blocked" as you can still access the questions and answers - searching questions/answers for work-related issues is probably about 100x more legitimate to use at work than using the chat feature.
    – Brandin
    Aug 26, 2015 at 14:38
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    @JudeNiroshan, this is going to shock you but there is no legal requirement that they allow you Internet access at all.
    – HLGEM
    Aug 26, 2015 at 15:44

1 Answer 1


There are two possible cases:

  1. Your SO activity, including non-guest activity, is part of your job. If so, report the problem accessing SO just as you would any other network issue affecting your ability to do your job.
  2. Your SO activity is for your own interest and development, not a necessary part of your job. If so, access it from home rather than work.

If you are not sure which case applies, discuss with your co-workers and/or your boss. If you do decide to report it, you should be sure that your boss will confirm your need for SO access if asked by IT.


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