Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 157 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I am not able to register to or ask questions at SuperUser from my office machine (same with registering at ServerFault - haven't tried asking questions there). I guess the reason is that I am behind a proxy server and is using DHCP. I tried to register at SU and SF from this machine for so long but it didn't work. Finally I tried from another machine that doesn't use DHCP and is connected to the proxy server with a permanent IP address, and it worked like charm. Now I tried asking my first question on SU from my machine and I got the same issue again.

At first I thought it was some internal proxy related issue but I am able to register/ask questions at SO and meta from the very same machine without any hurdles.

This is the error message:

The requested URL could not be retrieved

While trying to retrieve the URL:

The following error was encountered:

  • Read Error

The system returned:

(104) Connection reset by peer

I've tried from Vista and Ubuntu, if that matters.

Just to clarify - SU isn't blocked here - I'm able to open the site and browse through all the pages, including the Ask question one. I get this error when I type in the question and click submit. Similarly while registering, I am forwarded to the Open-ID provider and asked to login - but when I submit my details at Google and click login, the address bar shows su/authenticate (if I remember correctly) but I get this error after 5-10 seconds.

UPDATE: Don't know what the issue was, but it seems to be fixed now. I just asked a question on SU successfully.

share|improve this question

closed as too localized by ChrisF, random, alex, juanformoso, Brad Gilbert Feb 17 '10 at 15:02

This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, visit the help center.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

I asked this question from the same machine - can't ask a question on SU though :( – Amarghosh Nov 18 '09 at 8:39
It's likely it was just a browser cache issue. – Brad Gilbert Feb 17 '10 at 15:02

This report makes no sense; if you can post on SO and meta there's no reason you wouldn't be able to post on SU and SF.

The configurations of Meta, SU, and SF are virtually identical. SO is behind HAProxy.

share|improve this answer

I assume, that your employer blocks SU and you circumvented this block by using that other machine.

share|improve this answer
No, SU isn't blocked here. I am able to open SU site and browse through all the pages. Just not able to ask any questions. – Amarghosh Nov 18 '09 at 9:11
I've added this to the question. – Amarghosh Nov 18 '09 at 9:15

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .