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Why Was Vodafone New Zealand Locked Out of Geekzone Today?
Posted on 22-Dec-2005 13:51 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Blog



In case you haven’t noticed (and probably unless you work for the mobile operator), Vodafone New Zealand employees were not able to access Geekzone during the last few hours.

Sorry, this wasn’t directed to you guys – but to someone hiding behind the corporate proxy.

It looks like someone didn’t like the comments one of our users posted in the forums, and responded with some rude words – enough to make me immediately enforce what is clear in the Forum Usage Guidelines: you can write whatever you want, but do not disclose confidential information, and do not get into personal stuff.

Immediately after the post in our forums I locked the user’s account, and blocked his IP address.

The interesting thing is that this IP address maps back to Vodafone’s proxy server – or so I am told. And our readers behind this proxy (which I suppose are the Vodafone employees) couldn’t reach Geekzone.

This lasted for 24 hours. I decided to remove the IP Deny rule from the webserver, because not everyone inside Vodafone should be blocked out ouf our content just because of a single bad apple – and I am not sure this user really works for Vodafone or was just using the proxy. Or spoofing an address. The only way to find out is if Vodafone ever come to me and tell me what happened there.

So, this is the thing: we blocked users before, and we will do it again, to keep the forums clean. But I’d like to find out why someone would think s/he can come around here and post rude comments while everyone else is having a healthy discussion.

I would hate to see an action from Vodafone (or Telecom NZ or any other company) such as locking their own people out of the forums just to keep them out of trouble - this would not be a good direction. Educating is the way to go!





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