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Hey there, Frm the past few days, I am unable to access the site. I access the Internet via a 3G connection and my ISP has given me a shared IP address ( I am on a Mac.

Problem: when I try to open, it just keeps on connecting, and after some time it finally gives the error "The connection has timed out."

Temporary solution: I am using a proxy server to access the site, which is highly inconvenient, as my trial will expire in the next three days.

My firewall is off and I am on a Mac. I use internet tethering via an iPhone, and I am unable to access the site directly on my iPhone. The only temporary solution, for now, is the proxy server.

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Wow. Someone's earned a Dedicated badge. – Pops Dec 1 '10 at 16:22
Since you said you use a shared IP, my first guess is that you're using the same IP as someone who has been banned. It's just a guess, though; I'm not a team member. – Pops Dec 1 '10 at 16:23
if the case was about being banned, i guess the site would have atleast opened and displayed some message informing i am banned, i dont think it is the problem. – Ibrahim Azhar Armar Dec 1 '10 at 16:24
@Ibrahim For IP-based bans I don't think it does; based on this answer it looks like they just tell iptables drop all packets from that IP – Michael Mrozek Dec 1 '10 at 16:28
@Michael: More importantly, Ibrahim's IP falls into the block Jeff banned there. – Powerlord Dec 1 '10 at 19:45
@RBemrose :D Wow; I didn't even notice. You should post it as an answer – Michael Mrozek Dec 1 '10 at 19:47

It appears that your IP is currently blocked on StackOverflow's routers/firewalls, as noted in A number of duplicates posted in the last hour by different users.

(Marked as Community Wiki, because Michael Mrozek linked to that post initially.)

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Note: I assumed routers because iptables is a Linux command, and SO's web servers run IIS. – Powerlord Dec 1 '10 at 19:49
Good catch. That ban was ages ago, so they're probably willing to revoke it now (and you're probably right about the router/firewall part, they run Linux) – Michael Mrozek Dec 1 '10 at 19:50
Why would the OP have been blocked only recently then? – mmyers Dec 1 '10 at 20:10
@Michael Myers: Because it's a shared IP... meaning that, from time to time, his IP changes. – Powerlord Dec 1 '10 at 20:18
Ah, yes, didn't catch that. – mmyers Dec 1 '10 at 20:26

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