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.
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.