|Problem solved. I could not contact Yuku directly, obviously, because firefox told me that Yuku.com did not exist in any form. But finally I found a Yuku member, second-hand who passed on a rumor that Yuku had posted a website addressing the problem. So I tracked down someone who accessed the website. Sure enough, Yuku blames the snafu on a group of (list not actually posted yet) ISPs that all combined on one day to block any one of Yuku's and EZBoard's hundreds of forums.|
So, I went to the source and confronted Clearwire, my ISP, about it. The perky chat rep insisted she was ignorant of any such problem and then proved to be ignorant of computers in general. She makes me look like an IT pro. She then referred me to Clearwire Service Support and miraculously that office was open to phone calls today.
The service rep was quite surprised when I explained in 50 words or less what the problem was. I restrained myself, keeping in mind that it wasn't this guy's fault. He launched step one, trying to access either of the sites from which I was blocked, or the root sites of Yuku.com or EZBoard.com. And was shocked to find that even using a non-Clearwire ISP, Firefox still told him that none of the four sites existed. He put his thinking cap on and surmised a hypothesis to study: could someone at Yuku have been performing maintenance or "cleaning up" connections and inserted an incorrect code or a bug into program that only affected x percent of users? So we tested it. He went back to Computer 101 and guided me through the Control Panel and the LAN connection codes. He gave me what is effectively an override code that ignores any block that an ISP has put on for any reason, or any connection code from a system that Yuku might use. I inserted the four-number code in two places, went back to Firefox and both sites immediately opened up.
Meanwhile, Yuku is blaming Clearwire and other ISPs. And Clearwire doesn't know who to blame.
I tend to doubt that a whole list of ISPs all colluded on the same day to block all the Yuku sites, unbeknownst to each other, and without telling any of their users. Such a conspiracy theory makes about as much sense as Jack Ruby taking his poodle dog along as he supposedly assassinated Oswald, or the whole Grassy Knoll story.
Thank you, OThehill, if you were here, I'd buy you a drink. I am very impressed that you hung in there and spent all that time helping me. Computing.net scores again, the second time in three years for me. Can I get an amen?