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Discussion in 'Ask the Staff' started by Nimue, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Nimue

    Nimue Auror

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    Hey, I'm attempting to post in Character Q&A and it's repeatedly telling me "Sorry you have been blocked, unable to access mythicscribes.com", which is....interesting. I'll see if it lets me post here.
     
  2. Heliotrope

    Heliotrope Staff Article Team

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    I had that same message when I was PMing Nimue this morning. After a few minutes it went away and let me post.
     
  3. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    I can promise you nobody's been banned recently, but this is a glitch only Black Dragon can look into.
     
  4. Nimue

    Nimue Auror

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    It's still blocking me from making that post... I wonder if it has something to do with the forum having something autosaved there?
     
  5. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    "Blocked" is supposed to be the new language used when someone is on a temporary ban. Your account doesn't appear to have any warning points. So it sounds more like a permissions issue, which is on the Administrator level. Have you posted in the Q&A forum since the upgrade?
     
  6. Nimue

    Nimue Auror

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    I posted there on the 27th, which I think was after the upgrade?
     
  7. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Right, so maybe it's not a permissions issue. You could try clearing your browser cache, that fixes most problems.
     
  8. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    Something odd is going on, though. I just looked at Malik's thread
    Seattle Area: Barnes and Noble Signing
    and saw this at the bottom

    (You have insufficient privileges to reply here.)

    with no Reply button available.
     
  9. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    I have the same message. This is another permissions issue that needs ironed out. I'll get it fixed ASAP.

    Such issues will continue for a while longer, until we get everything ironed out following the forum software change.
     
  10. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Skip, it's telling me that too. I'll see if Ganondorf has any luck.
     
  11. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    OK, the issue with the Self-Promotion forum should be fixed. Is it working for you now?

    I'm still trying to figure out what happened with Nimue, though. The problem there isn't obvious, so I will delve deep into the logs.
     
  12. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    Were you trying to post a new thread, or reply to an existing one?

    Try posting there again now, and see what happens. If you get the "blocked" message again, please take a screen capture of the whole screen, including any graphics surrounding the message. That will help me to figure out where the block is coming from.
     
  13. Nimue

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    I was replying to an existing one. I’ll do this as soon as I’m on my laptop, though, because I wasn’t smart enough to save the post to google docs rather than my computer...
     
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  14. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    I know what happened. Nimue was blocked by the firewall that sits in front of our server. Something in her post triggered a false positive, so the firewall thought that she was attempting to hack the server. It was probably just a fluke. Firewalls, like antivirus programs, sometimes have false positives.
     
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  15. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    All good now, Black Dragon. Permissions quake before you.
     
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  16. Nimue

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    Apparently rp posts are just like hacking attempts—hacking the imagination.
     
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  17. Nimue

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    Well, it still won't let me make that post, and it blocked me from sending the full text to Black Dragon. I'm wondering if this has something to do with copying it from MS OneNote, like OneNote makes it into a textbox or something?
     
  18. Black Dragon

    Black Dragon Staff Administrator

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    There's something in that block of text that triggers a security warning. The pattern of words appears to be similar to a malicious code. Try pasting it into a plain text file, and then copy that into your post. That could make a difference. If it doesn't, try changing the wording around a bit.
     
  19. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    Worse comes to worse, you can always post a screenshot of it. It would be interesting to see the text that's causing all this.
     
  20. Nimue

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    Augh, finally! I tried putting it into Notepad and pasting it from there, and it still blocked me. The only other thing I could think of is that I used too many double-dashes in it--five sets of dashes, okay, I have a problem. Everyone's a critic these days, apparently including the forum. So I replaced the double-dashes with em-dashes and it actually went through.

    Man, if it blocks you when you use too many double-dashes, I'm going to be constantly in limbo over here... Quite a harsh way of breaking you of a bad writing habit
     
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