Saturday, December 09, 2006

Errrrm, Tedward.....???

You must think I'm a horrible friend, because I haven't commented on your blog in MONTHS, it seems...

Well, dear friend, I have an excuse: every time I try to post a comment, I get this page:

Precondition Failed
We're sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for /geek_gab/wp-comments-post.php on this server.

We have established rules for access to this server, and any person or robot that violates these rules will be unable to access this site.

To resolve this problem, please try the following steps:

Ensure that your computer is free of viruses, Trojan horses, spyware or any other sort of malicious software.
If you are using any sort of personal firewall or browser privacy software, check to ensure that its settings do not cause your web browser to inadvertently violate any of the rules listed below.
If you are behind a Web proxy or corporate firewall, the proxy must conform to the HTTP specification with respect to proxy servers. Contact your network administrator if the trouble persists, or bypass the proxy and connect directly if possible.
Disable any download accelerators you may be using. They don't speed up your downloads anyway; in most cases, they actually run slower!
If all else fails, try using a different Web browser, such as Firefox.
If you still need assistance, please contact herr_ubergeek at

Is that bad???


At 11:14 p.m. , Blogger Ted said...

I found an anti-witch plug-in for Wordpress that detects non-muggles and keeps them from accessing the site. [snicker]

This is the result of an anti-spam plug-in designated "Bad Behaviour":

"Bad Behavior was designed and built by watching actual spambots which harvested email addresses, posted comment spam, and used fake referrers. By logging their entire HTTP requests and comparing them to HTTP requests of legitimate users, it is possible to detect most spambots. Bad Behavior blocks spambots with a short error message. It also has three configurable User-Agent lists for spambots and other malicious bots which actually identify themselves. Bad Behavior can use string matching or regular expression matching against a User-Agent.

Bad Behavior also will target bots which fail to obey robots.txt. At this time some of these bots are banned by User-Agent, though in the future Bad Behavior will detect them automatically.

Bad Behavior intends to target any malicious software directed at a Web site, whether it be a spambot, ill-designed search engine bot, or system crackers.

In extremely rare circumstances, Bad Behavior may block actual human visitors. Bad Behavior was designed to target robots, not people. If this happens, the profile presented by your browser matched that seen from actual malicious robots. In most cases, this is caused by over-aggressive personal firewall/browser privacy software. In some cases, this is caused by improperly configured Web proxy server software.

First, make a note of the technical support key and e-mail address shown on the error page. Then click the link to “fix it yourself” for suggestions on how you may be able to resolve the problem.

If you continue to have trouble, contact the e-mail address on the error page and be sure to provide the technical support key. This will allow the site administrator to tell you what you need to do to resolve the problem."


a. your computer is infected with malware that scans websites to harvest e-mail addies, etc.; or

b. your interface/router/browser is sending out unusual packets.

Try changing browsers - try Opera or Netscape.

That's about all I can tell you. Let me know if you're successful and if not, I'll disable the plug-in - if I don't start getting spammed up the hoop, I'll leave it off for you.


Tedicus Rex

At 4:32 p.m. , Blogger Ted said...

I did some research and I can configure Bad Behaviour to ignore your IP range.

Send me an e-mail from home and another from work so I can obtain the requisite IP addresses from the headers and I'll see what I can do...




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