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Posted by Mike555   (1 post)  [Biography] bio
Date Sat 16 Jun 2007 06:37 AM (UTC)
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Hi there, i was just wondering what is banned when a aite is banned. On a particular MUD we have a certain manager that blocks people too fast, without talking to them first. I'm just wondering if there is any way to unblock a persons computer so that they can re-access the MUD they want, and enjoy the game on it as well.


Any reply would be greatly appreciated


Thanks,

-Mike.



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Posted by Nick Gammon   Australia  (21,321 posts)  [Biography] bio   Forum Administrator
Date Reply #1 on Sat 16 Jun 2007 07:02 AM (UTC)
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Depending on the MUD, they probably maintain a list of IP addresses that they refuse to accept connections from.

So you can't really unblock your own computer - that decision is made at the MUD's end.

If they require registration they might have a list of email addresses they don't accept registrations from.

If you wanted to negotiate with them I would suggest going to someone else's house (which would have a different address), logging onto the MUD, and politely request that they unban you, perhaps giving reasons why you thought the ban was unjust.

Another approach would be to find an Internet Cafe, or similar sort of place, which would probably not be banned.

There is a possibility that they have banned a range of addresses, because some ISPs allocate addresses out of a pool. So, going to your next-door neighbour might not work.

- Nick Gammon

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Posted by Shadowfyr   USA  (1,783 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #2 on Sun 17 Jun 2007 01:41 AM (UTC)
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Yeah. As far as I know the one I play on *still* has every IP in the range for AOL on the ban list. Something about how it gave us only 20% of your player base, but 90% of the cheaters, illegal PKers, and other nimrods they felt we could do without.
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Posted by Shaun Biggs   USA  (644 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #3 on Sun 17 Jun 2007 04:20 AM (UTC)
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The mud I play on has character creation blocked for AOL, but you can still play normally if it's your ISP and you create somewhere else. The main issue with things like AOL is that it is hard to siteban someone who is seriously violating the rules while allowing the well behaved other 99% of the people logging in to play. AOL has (or at least used to have) the largest number of IP addresses to rotate through, and when you connect, it isn't static, so trying to pinpoint a single person is highly problematic at best.

It is much easier to fight for one's ideals than to live up to them.
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Posted by Shadowfyr   USA  (1,783 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #4 on Mon 18 Jun 2007 03:13 AM (UTC)
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Well, we do have players that started as AOL and can still connect. There are rules letting "existing" characters to do that, just not new creation, so same with ours. However, they do look dimly on people that do this "without" making it clear that they are going to do so, and otherwise proving themselves likely to be decent players to start with.
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Posted by Onoitsu2   USA  (248 posts)  [Biography] bio
Date Reply #5 on Thu 21 Jun 2007 05:49 AM (UTC)
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The only solution to this problem is to locate a working full anonymity socks 4 or 5 proxy through which to connect.

I have had to use that method to log on multiple accounts on a mud server I play. I am not advocating breaking the rules, BUT if an unfair IP ban is in effect, this might allow more people to play.

Laterzzz,
Onoitsu2
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