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Re: IP blocked due to excessive traffic, although I'm within the stated limit

From: Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 08 May 2015 00:40:16 +0200
To: "Stewart Gordon" <smjg@iname.com>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.xyaelerlsvvqwp@sith.local>
On Mon, 04 May 2015 14:40:36 +0200, Stewart Gordon <smjg@iname.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> I've lately been seeing this error page when I try to access the W3C  
> markup validation service:
> "Access to this resource is denied due to abuse from your IP address."
> The message is linked to this page
> http://www.w3.org/Help/abuse-info/re-reqs.html
> which includes the statement "Specifically, we received at least 500  
> requests for the same resource (URI) from your IP address within a  
> ten-minute time interval."
> It's true that I have a homemade program that makes automated requests  
> to the validator.  But this program always waits at least 5 seconds  
> between successive requests, so can't possibly be making 500 or more  
> requests in the space of 10 minutes.  The last two times (several days  
> apart) that I've tried to run my program it has failed and, when I open  
> the URL it tried to access in my web browser, I get the aforementioned  
> error page.  Normal access to the validation service through my web  
> browser sometimes works and sometimes gives the same error page.
> I'd like to know why I've been blocked despite being within the limit of  
> 500 requests in 10 minutes, and what I can do about it.
> Thanks in advance,
> Stewart.

Hello Stewart,

Thank you for writing. I'll talk with the right people internally and  
we'll get back to you.

Best regards,

Coralie Mercier  -  W3C Marketing & Communications -  http://www.w3.org
mailto:coralie@w3.org +336 4322 0001 http://www.w3.org/People/CMercier/
Received on Thursday, 7 May 2015 22:40:21 UTC

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