Slashdot banned

by Volker Weber

I don't know whether this is funny or what. Slashdot is banning my IP because of an "abuse" of their RSS feed. Slashdot FAQ says, I cannot update more often than every 30 minutes. Well, I update every 60 minutes, but there is more than one machine behind the NAT router.

I can update their frontpage every minute. What causes more traffic?


It's a known issue with slashdot. But in general, you shoudln't refreh an RSS more than 30 minutes. In addition, if you force the update by clicking on the Update button of your Feed Reader, you're hitting them more than every 30 minutes, and they'll kick you out.

Many people who have no idea of the technical implications set their feeds to refresh at ridiculous intervals. Slashdot is taking measures against that.

I have the update rate for most feeds at 3 hours, that's usually good enough.

Enno, 2003-11-30

Actually I've suddenly gotten hit by that issue too... I usually only refresh every 30 min... It might be a problem on their end today...

That happens from time to time – sadly the "admin" in charge of RSS is not the most "customer"-friendly person in the /. team, at least not in my experience, and you often have to write more than one e-mail before they admit it's a problem at their end ...! :-P

Christian Bogen, 2003-11-30

Don't worry, your T-online contract (This
is a wild guess!!) forbids NAT anyway...

But why worry on slashdot? Simply set the
refreshamount to once a minute and from
time to time an allowed update will slip
Maybe every 5 seconds would be good, too

Volker Reifschneider, 2003-11-30

Me too (since Saturday morning). If I can't read their feed, I won't click on their ads. So there.

Scott, 2003-11-30

I have the same problem, I got banned as well and my reader was also configured to 30 minutes (1800 seconds).
Maybe there is a variation/delay in the trigger of the updater, so that it's only approximately 30 minutes and the /. server is a little tight about the limit. If one update request is delayed and the next is triggered on time, then you are below the 30 minutes.
Just to make sure, I will now set mine to 35 minutes... If this was the reason, that should cure it.


Ragnar Schierholz, 2003-11-30

Even though /. threatened to ban me for 72 hours, my RSS reader just received the new updates. I reconfigured it as described above, the new interval is now 35 minutes.
I don't exactly know when I was banned, but I am pretty certain that I received news on Friday night, Saturday I was mostly not using my PC (yes, there are some few days like that ;-)). But even Friday night to now is not 3 days... Oh well, I'm back with my news feed and that's all I wanted.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2003-11-30

Hm, something seems to be really wrong there... Now I am blocked again... :-(

Ragnar Schierholz, 2003-11-30

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