Costello Why am I baned? Is it because of the VPN provider?

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by tehzebra, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. tehzebra

    tehzebra Newbie

    Oct 31, 2013
    Antigua and Barbuda
    So today I felt Like checking out what is new on gbatemp only to find out that my VPN IP is being blocked. I have tried to contact you Costello but it seems to me like "unblocking" or "unbanning" me is out of the question, especially since not receiving my email message is a permanent error.

    This is the message that I am getting when I visit the website with my VPN IP.
    IP Blocked

    Your IP address is blocked from this server

    It appears that you are connecting through an IP address that is currently blocked by the firewall running on our server.
    If you want to visit please simply switch off your proxy or VPN connection, or try connecting from your home address.
    If you think this is a mistake, please feel free to contact us.
    NOTE: we will NOT unban your particular VPN/proxy/TOR/hosting IP address. Please do not contact us for exceptions.

    Your blocked IP address is:

    PS. I am showing my fake VPN IP because I don't care who sees it. But on another note why create such a screwed up way of sending a blocked IP message without a reason and a explanation?
  2. Pedeadstrian

    Pedeadstrian GBAtemp's Official frill-necked lizard.

    Oct 12, 2012
    United States
    Sandy Eggo
    Did you even read the message? Apparently GBAtemp doesn't allow VPNs, and your account will be fine if you log in without it.
  3. tehzebra

    tehzebra Newbie

    Oct 31, 2013
    Antigua and Barbuda
    A more thorough reason and explanation would suffice.
  4. Sicklyboy

    Sicklyboy ~I have crippling depression~

    Global Moderator
    Jul 15, 2009
    United States
    [̲̅$̲̅(̲̅ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°̲̅)̲̅$̲̅]
    Because in the case of requiring an IP ban, banning a VPN IP is even less useful than banning a home IP.

    At least that's the first thing to come to mind.
  5. tehzebra

    tehzebra Newbie

    Oct 31, 2013
    Antigua and Barbuda

    Okay so what rules on this website specify that people can't use a proxy or a VPN in order to view the whole website? The only rules for this website that can find are the forum rules, and even than they say NOTHING about not using a proxy or a vpn.
  6. p1ngpong

    p1ngpong Unamused frog

    Former Staff
    Apr 18, 2008
    DS Scene
    VPNs and Proxies are banned from accessing the site mainly for security as well as multiple other reasons.

    The reason why the blocking of proxies and VPNs is not in the rules is because if you try and access the site through such means you get an automated message telling you they are blocked. :)
  7. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    visit the site with your home address and it'll be fine.
    in recent days we have attempted to lift the VPN/proxy ban.
    The result of this attempt was a SHITTON of spam (between 20-50 spambots a day).
    So we had no other choice but to put the ban back up.
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