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Old 05-18-2018, 04:34 AM
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Does anyone else find that the forum just becomes totally unresponsive for long periods? Basically going down randomly.

It's been doing this to me for a while and it's very frustrating.
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Old 05-18-2018, 09:57 AM
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Yes - for MONTHS. It's an ongoing problem that the mods should have fixed right away.
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Old 05-21-2018, 04:53 AM
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I'm glad it's not just me. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already.
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I'm glad it's not just me. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned already.
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No problems on this end no matter what platform I use.
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I haven't had any issues. Mostly on my phone and using chrome.
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I have reached out to our webmaster about this, Iíll have a response for you guys shortly.
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jjsrader, I had a look at the firewall log and your IP address has been flagged for unusual activity. We have rules that will temporarily block any IP address that has more than 50 connections within a 3 second period.

Your IP has been flagged some 40 times in the last 2 months for excessive requests and this has meant that your IP was suspended for 1800 seconds, or 30 minutes.

The last time this happened was on 17 May :

Time: Thu May 17 20:25:19 2018 -0400
IP: 68.60.100.161 (US/United States/c-68-60-100-161.hsd1.mi.comcast.net)
Connections: 76
Blocked: Temporary Block for 1800 seconds [CT_LIMIT]

I have subsequently adjusted this rule to allow for more connections and for a shorter temporary block. Please let me know if you do still find this happening and I can make further adjustments. Do note that we cannot remove this type of rule, or we will be fully exposed to malicious attacks , which we have experienced previously.
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Okay. It was just when I clicked on a forum 'link' with firefox 'open in a new tab' and it didn't load, I just refreshed the page quickly.


I'll let you know if I keep getting page errors.
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jjsrader, I had a look at the firewall log and your IP address has been flagged for unusual activity. We have rules that will temporarily block any IP address that has more than 50 connections within a 3 second period.

Your IP has been flagged some 40 times in the last 2 months for excessive requests and this has meant that your IP was suspended for 1800 seconds, or 30 minutes.

The last time this happened was on 17 May :

Time: Thu May 17 20:25:19 2018 -0400
IP: 68.60.100.161 (US/United States/c-68-60-100-161.hsd1.mi.comcast.net)
Connections: 76
Blocked: Temporary Block for 1800 seconds [CT_LIMIT]

I have subsequently adjusted this rule to allow for more connections and for a shorter temporary block. Please let me know if you do still find this happening and I can make further adjustments. Do note that we cannot remove this type of rule, or we will be fully exposed to malicious attacks , which we have experienced previously.
Is something similar happening with me? I'm not sure what would cause excessive requests.

I've noticed that the problem is sometimes happening on my computer and phone simultaneously, while other times it might only be on one or the other.
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Mattj, I looked in the forum log to see what your last IP was and it came back as 90.209.48.101. I searched the firewall log and did not see any reference to this IP address for any blocking. If you could message me your most recent IP address, I can look into this, as the forum log may not be up to date if you chose the "Remember Me" option. I think that the IP only updates when you preform an actual login.

As to the excessive requests, if a user opens multiple tabs with different pages in the forum, that could easily result in this type of "blocking". Typically a user might go to the latest posts list and open each new thread in a new window.
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