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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 5:56 am 
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The mod team has decided, in order to simplify our task, that anonymising proxies will not be allowed at this forum. We apologise in advance to any legitimate users who would prefer to use such a proxy, but please do not take this as a sign that you are not welcome in the whole IF community; this is a policy strictly for this forum.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:32 am 
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Have you thought about/is it technically feasible to grandfather in existing accounts that use anonymizing proxies? Hannes, for instance, is a real community member who I think uses the proxies -- I think he's established enough of a presence on the forum that we needn't worry he's suddenly going to reveal himself as Pudlo.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:52 am 
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Hannes is whitelisted so if phpbb continues to work how I think it does then he'll be fine. That said I'm not sure the whitelisting is actually working for him... And you might be able to find other proxies we haven't blocked yet. This is really more of a policy about expectations - you might get lucky with a proxy, but don't expect to be.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:15 pm 
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No RSS messages from intfiction have appeared in my reader (Google Reader) since the first post. Is there a new feed?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:12 pm 
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The site advertises a list of feeds, e.g.

intfiction.org -- feed.php
all forums -- feed.php?mode=forums
new topics -- feed.php?mode=topics

When I look at these, I see current posts. Are they not working for you?

(EDIT -- those URLs are appearing abbreviated in the post, but you should be able to click on them or copy the URLs.)


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:37 am 
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Thanks Zarf, re-subscribing to the feed.php fixed it.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 5:14 am 
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I admit I am quite late getting around to reading this thread, but I wish I had read it sooner. Without passing judgement on any moderators, I would like to say that I am extremely disappointed that a measure this draconian has become necessary -- and are we sure it's *really* necessary? As in, are we sure it's really effective?

I just tried to view the forum with an anonymiser, and the second one I tried worked. The *second* one off Google. The first one I tried was the most popular anonymiser in the world, basically.

To be honest, I am skeptical that keeping up with a proxy blacklist will be any more manageable for the moderators in the long run than the problem it purports to solve. I doubt that I would ever have significant trouble finding a fresh proxy that is not in the blacklist, if I really wanted to.

So this is only going to affect people who want to use proxies just to protect their privacy, but who, since they have no nefarious purposes, are not really willing to chase down proxy after proxy that hasn't been blacklisted. Right?

Paul.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:30 pm 
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It sounds like the question is how are anonymizing proxies being banned? Is it an IP blacklist? Because these sites add servers all the time. So an IP list isn't going to be very efficient.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:51 pm 
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Well it would have to be by IP, because most anonymizers are not going to identify themselves as such. There simply is no other way. Get a suspicious poster's IP. Do a reverse lookup. Interpret the results using human intelligence. There is no way to automate this.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:52 pm 
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We've been banning the proxy using accounts too.


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