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[23:44:00] <midponypony> Info
[23:44:00] <midponypony> You are banned from this forum. The administrator or moderator that banned you left the following message:
[23:44:00] <midponypony> Foreign IP block
[23:44:02] <midponypony> wut
[23:44:05] <@Kittyhawk> http://gyazo.com/cf808710f6286e1a384e8ae49301c936 sunny skies
[23:44:10] <midponypony> fuck you mod
[23:44:11] <@PresentPerfect> >.>
[23:44:18] <@PresentPerfect> that's bullshit, we have a russian brony
[23:44:18] <midponypony> fuck you and fuck the horse you rode in on
[23:44:37] <@PresentPerfect> holy shit, 1200 @_@
[23:44:40] <midponypony> please convey an image of me shitting on them
[23:44:44] <@PresentPerfect> 1% downvote? or .1%?
[23:44:49] <midponypony> and then giving them the middle finger
[23:44:53] <Argembarger> pffft
[23:45:04] <@Kittyhawk> 1%
[23:45:27] <midponypony> yep
[23:45:32] <midponypony> entirely b&
[23:45:34] <@PresentPerfect> goddamn
[23:45:40] midponypony spits
[23:45:45] <Argembarger> oh yeah
[23:45:47] <Argembarger> that's right
[23:45:50] <Argembarger> he did ban all of russia
[23:46:06] <Argembarger> and apparently everywhere within proximity to russia
[23:46:23] <Tempest> o.x
[23:46:26] <Argembarger> you sudl use proxy
[23:46:28] <Tempest> mids is close to russia?
[23:47:06] <Benman> On a cosmic scale, yes.
[23:47:22] <Argembarger> I'm /emotionally/ close to Russia
[23:47:25] <midponypony> why, is s/he afraid of communists?
[23:47:26] <@PresentPerfect> wait, he banned russia? XD what
[23:47:27] <Tempest> ...
[23:47:33] <midponypony> what the fuck for
[23:47:38] <midponypony> that's retarded
[23:47:42] <midponypony> you know that's retarded, right?
[23:47:43] <Tempest> COMMUNISTS
[23:47:43] <Tempest> clearly
[23:48:02] <midponypony> should i be assed to fire up tor to get around his shitty ip blocks
[23:48:06] <Argembarger> I guess a russian posted 3 clop pictures and he thought it was funny because we're an ohio group anyway
[23:48:13] <Argembarger> so fuck russia I guess?
[23:48:17] <@PresentPerfect> well
[23:48:18] <midponypony> just to post angry messages about how your ohio admin is a fucking douchenozzle
[23:48:27] <@PresentPerfect> and that guy had seemed so down to earth, if bad at Englis
[23:48:40] <Alexstrazsa> >one person posts clop
[23:48:41] <@PresentPerfect> wow mids
[23:48:44] <midponypony> no, fuck him and he gestapo
[23:48:48] <Alexstrazsa> >ban entire country
[23:48:48] <midponypony> he can go fuck himself
[23:48:51] <Alexstrazsa> Seems legit
[23:49:01] <Argembarger> it's more of a powertroll move than anything reactionary
[23:49:16] <@PresentPerfect> mids, I think you need to calm down ._.
[23:49:19] <Argembarger> I can tell him he pissed off a prereader(s) though, heh.
[23:49:26] <midponypony> yeah, he did
[23:49:39] <midponypony> he can keep his shitty ohio bullshit and shove it right up his dripping sandy vadge
Fuck your pony debates
MOST foreign IP ranges are blocked to avoid spam, and because this is a forum for an Ohio-based group where people not from Ohio generally don't have a reason to post, that's the most straightforward way to combat spam while being unintrusive for the vast majority of people on the forum. It's nothing at all against Russians or anyone at all, but when the VAST majority of spam comes from Russia, China, etc., banning the IP ranges is far more efficient than playing whack-a-mole, and far less annoying to the intended userbase than forcing people to log in before they can do anything.
If he'd asked nicely I'd bother adding an exception, but I guess he doesn't want one.
And by the way: that attitude is also part of the reason. I've dealt with the same sort of situation before, and what eventually made me decide to just ban the IP blocks entirely from the outset was the fact that I've gotten plenty of similar nasty messages and threats, mostly from Russians, saying that I can go burn to death, because I banned a spammer that just happened to be sharing the IP address of a regular poster. (Personally, I think they were the same person, but it's not provable at all)
anyway, now for the real reason this thread exists.
Could we get a sort-of hidden-quote-style spoiler tag?
Fuck your pony debates
I really don't object at all to actual legitimate posters from other places. I think it's pretty cool actually.
I could configure it like the TrotCon forums, where you have to register and get an email confirmation in order to post, but that's a bit annoying for those who just visited and wanted to say hi, and might not want to register until later.
Suppose we do it that way normally, and switch it back when new people are more likely to visit, like after conventions?