If you make a post and you see "******" characters in the link URL, that means the site you posted is banned and you should remove the post's content immediately and ask a staff member to delete the post/thread. Sites are banned for a variety of reasons and we do not always explain why they are banned. For example, a few of the reasons a site may be banned include: The site is known to contain offensive content The site is known to post unconfirmed rumor and/or click-bait articles A representative or agent of the site has spammed links to their site or posted drive-by ads The site has been known to show advertising that contains malware or other security alerts Do we ever unban a banned site? We do periodically reconsider site bans, but it is not very often. Can I give hints or instructions on how to access a banned site? No. Doing so will result in an official warning.