I have seen a number of questions on how to bypass network security. I was wondering if superuser (or stackexchange) had a policy or stock answer about this?
As a regular kind of user, I can empathise with the frustration of the person who is asking the question, and that they usually have quite a naive appreciation of issues and concerns involved with a system has been configured in a specific way to limit it services.
I also know the other side all too well, I am a network admin/manager, and there is (usually) very good reason, and a fair bit of thought put into on why we generally block certain types of traffic: licensing, capacity management, and government and professional regulation come immediately to mind.
I am wondering if they questions should be flagged, answered, or if there is a generic answer that someone has already come up with a good informative response?
I have also seen a variety of responses, some philosophical, and some practical. One person responded with that 'these restrictions are put in place because those doing so have little understanding of the actual issues and laws, so we therefore should focus on the technical merits of the question.' I really could not disagree with that perspective more, and most systems admins that I know are all to familiar with the issues involved; we would dearly love to permit an open system, available to everybody, but we can't for varying, multiple reasons.
On the other hand, if we are examining the technical merits of the question, isn't the question better placed in ServerFault? That is the place to ask really technical answers.
I think my overall view is that we should be recommending that the person discuss their requirement with the network administrators, company management, school administrators, as it is after all their network, and their responsibility.