Hi, ducknado:ducknado wrote: ↑Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:35 amHi All,
I searched and found a couple old topics mentioning this but not discussing it specifically. I have a lot of trouble accessing the forum, or I should say posting to the forum specifically, because I connect to the internet using VPN. I'm not a spammer, hacker or other online bad actor. I'm just a regular dude who takes the precaution of using VPN because it protects me while using public wifi and I oftentimes travel for work and pass through or have to spend time in countries with authoritarian regimes that do not so nice things over the internet on their own citizens and visitors (I guess one could argue the US could be put in that category too but that's a discussion for another time).
I understand that VPN is used by some bad folks, but then again it's used by a lot of normal people or people who just want to protect their web traffic, or are connected to work servers, etc. Have there been any attacks on the Spyderco forums or website by someone using VPN in the past, necessitating the extreme level of blocking? This site is such a great resource and the people are really great and welcoming, the deals thread is fantastic, but it remains probably the most severely restrictive websites I ever visit when it comes to automatically blocking connections from VPN servers.
I'm just wondering if there's some happy middle ground we can reach here, unless I'm the only one who's ever affected by the way the site is configured. If that's the case I'll just go back to only reading
Hi, ducknado:ducknado wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:40 amHi again Kristi,
I think I was just able to post a reply to this thread, pending moderator approval. However when I first tried it blocked me and said "Forbidden. Sender Blacklisted."
So I changed VPN servers to a more obscure located one and tried again. First it logged me out, but when I logged back in the post was able to submit (pending moderator approval).
I'm posting this here again from the same server which worked the second time around.
From experience I can say that more servers are blocked than are not, and as I said from my initial post, I need to use VPN for a variety of reasons.
Thanks for your help and please see the screenshot attached.
Hi, ducknado:ducknado wrote: ↑Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:07 pmThank you for looking into this, Kristi. I will continue trying different servers when I use the forum. Is the "waiting for moderator approval" related to this or a different issue entirely, like I need to reach a certain number of posts or something to not have each submission moderated?
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