Cover of Suzanne Palmer's book Finder

AW Amazon Store

AW is an Amazon Affiliate

If this site is helpful to you,
Please consider a voluntary subscription to defray ongoing expenses.

paypal subscribe button

How To Support AW

Editing for authors: because every writer needs a good editor.


Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Results 1 to 6 of 6


Threaded View

  1. #1
    killin' all teh werds AW Moderator zanzjan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010


    So, starchat seems to be having some significant issues that are resulting in random users getting dropped with a ban message and then being unable to reconnect. Instead they get a message saying they're not welcome and have been k-lined.

    Starchat uses an outside service to provide them with a blacklist, which is a list of IPs that are compromised, virus-ridden, spammers, etc. (Your IP is the network address of your computer.) It seems like addresses are getting added to that list at a furious pace, such that we've seen people dropped from chat all throughout the day. A few users were able to reconnect by switching web clients -- enough that we at first thought the problem was limited to mibbit, but either that was never the case or no longer is -- but I would expect that solution may be temporary at best. It is also deeply unlikely that the ops are any more immune to this problem than anyone else.

    I popped my head into the #starchat help channel and was told they were aware of the problem and working on it, but they had no other specifics than that, including no estimate for a fix. Since I suspect the actual problem is at the blacklist host, not starchat itself, they may not know any more than that. And obviously this is totally out of the hands of any of the ops.

    So, if you suddenly can't get into chat, DON'T PANIC. IT'S NOT YOU. (Unless you called me a stinky rotten poopyhead and made fun of my elbows, then maybe it is you.)

    We will post updates as we get them. If you need to check in here and be told we still loves you in the meantime, please do.
    Last edited by zanzjan; 01-11-2017 at 10:40 PM. - twitter - facebook
    Finder, DAW, April 2019 (& coming in May, 2020, the sequel: Driving the Deep)
    Taking Icarus Home, Asimov's Jan/Feb2019
    The Painter of Trees, Clarkesworld, June 2019
    Waterlines, Asimov's July/Aug 2019
    Dave's Head, Clarkesworld, Sep 2019

    "Terrible things are happening outside. At any time of night and day, poor helpless people are being dragged out of their homes. Families are torn apart; men, women and children are separated. Children come home from school to find that their parents have disappeared." -- Anne Frank

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Custom Search