I tried to visit this thread: http://arstechnica.com/civis/viewtopic.php?t=1169535
And I got that message saying the IP address is banned permanently.
Apparently, some ISP must have gave the IP address to a spammer who spam the forums at Ars Technica before Comcast assigned the same IP address that spammer was using. We are running out of IP addresses and permanently banning an IP address for spamming is ineffective.
I am pretty much at a mercy of waiting for Comcast to re-assign a new IP address...
You should be able to contact Comcast and request a forced IP lease expiration, which will have you repool the DHCP and refresh your IP.
That's rather bold, banning an IP, because a lot of ISPs don't offer a permanent IP address. I'm with Cox, which is one of the few large cable ISPs that doesn't change IPs. I've had the same for years now, though technically you have to pay more for a fixed IP (which I do not).
Well, it seems I have a weird problem in my end. I think the Ars Technica forum might have caused a glitch with a transparent proxy (squid) that I did not know it is enabled, though I probably did install HTTP Proxy in my Zentyal Community Edition Server (my home server as my router). Disabling the transparent proxy gets rid of the problem as shown above, but once I enable it, uh... why didn't the error message show up? Strange... Disabling it and enabling the transparent proxy never caused an error message to show up although I did exceed the number of refreshes for whatismyip.com by accident (up to 6 times, but not per minute when it comes to troubleshooting purposes).
Oh, well. Everything is working.
Either it could be a glitch with the forum, or it could be a glitch with squid, but Ars Technica is the only one that caused me the problem so far).
The spam-bots are using the same proxy services to get around. I'm glad you figured it out. At first I thought 3GM got banned or banned Ars Technica..:P
Why a proxy specifically? I'd recommend a port replication and firewalling tool, like SmoothWall? You need a little more machine on the back end, but you get a clean router-like browsing experience.
Thanks, but everything works fine for me as I have already got my Ubuntu system already configured. I wanted to test Zentyal Community Edition just to see what it looks like and I'm very happy with it. I might go back to just plain Ubuntu Server since I'm very good at configuring my Ubuntu Server as a router and using iptables, so Smoothwall is not necessary. My server is more than just a router, as it can do file serving, DVR recording with MythTV, even as a home automation server. So I'm a guy who loves to tinker with all the different technologies and get my hands dirty for something that interests me for a server.
Anyway, thank you for all your help. I wouldn't have started a thread if it weren't for a glitch with Ars Technica forum. And with that in mind, I have forgotten to mark my thread as solved, which I did only a minute ago.
Okay, wasn't saying what you are doing is wrong, by any means. I just have never liked how binding proxy servers are... yes, I'm a lazy admin who likes the software to do the work for him! LOL!
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