Why People Sometimes Go Poof, Vanishing Magically into the Good Night

I had no desire to leave The Forvm. I had written numerous E-Mails to the Moderators regarding my sudden inability to post...I could read and log in to The Forvm....but I could not post, all I ever got was a white screen saying, "Service Unavailable." I assumed that this was how it was for people that were banned...they could read but they could not post having received two yellows or a red card.

This made sense to me that somewhere within the database of The Forvm I was blocked from posting...eeyn took up my cause and wrote to Hank, Darth chimed in but no one seemed able to...give me a glimmer of what happened, what was going on, how maybe to resolve this.


So this Diary is a Diary to draw attention to....what might happen to people...since it happened to me.


On or about October 1, 2013, Charter Communications, my Internet Provider issued me a new, randomly generated IP Address that I could not post to the Forvm from...Harely had a post that I felt I absolutely had to respond to so....I went to Starbucks and did in fact respond here at the Forvm. Like all good mysteries...this only deepened the Mystery. 


I began a 12 email writing campaign to the Moderators....I Contacted Charter trying to trace down the problem...obviously The Forvm was blocking my IP Address...by error or enmity I could not parse out. I was told by Charter tech support that this could not be changed manually by them and I tried to force a new IP though unplugging and shutting down my modem to try to force a new randomly generated IP....but no such luck....I was stuck with my current number until time and chance brought me a new one. Charter told me they could not issue me a new IP Address, that I needed to resolve this with The Forvm...but what was the problem?


I stewed, I was unhappy, I was angry...but over time, chipping away at this a little every day I came to understand that IP Addresses are in fact often recycled...and that my IP Address was on a Black List, (banned for hacking or spamming or some cyber bad behavior), banned not by the Forvm but rather by all sites hosted by the Forvm's Server.


How interesting.


You can check here if you ever find yourself blocked from posting to a site if your IP Address is, as was mine, Blacklisted:




Pretty interesting, at least to me....a lot has happened over the past 3 months I've been gone...(have I been better or worse for this blocking...raised eyebrows?)...I'm just back in town, jet lagged and startled that my IP Address has randomly been changed again. Ahhhhh...to bed.


Best Wishes for a fine and successful 2014 to everyone.




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Trav, I'm sorry this happened to you

HankP's picture

for you (or anyone else who runs into site problems) my email address is in the FAQ section. Email me with your problems with the site. The mods aren't really set up to handle those kinds of issues.


I blame it all on the Internet

Glad to see you back, I assumed you were on hiatus on


purpose. Sorry to hear it wasn't so. Happy new year to you and yours. It's been 5774 years more or less since people first thought it might be a good idea to keep track of how many times the earth has gone around the sun. It's a ridiculously small amount of time if you really think about it.

"Hell is truth seen too late." --Thomas Hobbes

What a really fascinating way to think about this!

mmghosh's picture

This is going to be my New Year's message next year.  The things we learn here!

freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency

Is that true, though?


Obviously the jewish calendar is the oldest calendar still in operation, but I wonder what dead civilization was the first to start numbering years?


I googled and found:  


France, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/975360.stm, 15,000 years old, but a lunar calendar that doesn't seem to have numbering for years.


Scotland, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/15/worlds-oldest-calendar-scotland-10000-monument_n_3600432.html, 10,000 years, sounds a little more sophisticated


Good point, I should make it more specific.


People started counting days and years a much longer time ago, but we... lost count. The Jewish calendar is the oldest one that can be dated up to the present, and so the oldest one where we hung on to the idea of not losing track of the days. 

"Hell is truth seen too late." --Thomas Hobbes

Very good to hear your typing


I was preoccupied when you had your initial troubles back in October. Sorry I couldn't be of help. I followed up with an email and didn't hear back. I assumed the worst. To see you typing here is a tremendous relief.

In the medical community, death is known as Chuck Norris Syndrome. 

Ditto with the apologies.


I figured that Hank had it in hand and so didn't follow up. Mea culpa.

Interesting! nt

mmghosh's picture


freedom is a fundamental value that does not need to be justified in terms of some other value like efficiency