[Foundation-l] wikipedia, metawiki, wiktionnaire restricted from China AGAIN?

Andrew Lih andrew.lih at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 02:34:17 UTC 2007

In the last few days, I've found that many people's DNS from China
resolves to the Tampa servers (which are blocked) rather than the
Seoul servers (which are
unblocked). This may explain the problem below.

It's not clear whether this is a concerted effort to reintroduce
blocking, or whether it's simply because the ephemeral IP addresses
that ISPs are handing out are in an "unknown" block and does trigger a
DNS address for Seoul. Trying to find some more datapoints.


On 8/22/07, Vincent Mandrilly <vmandrilly at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> 2 days ago, everything was ok, but from then yesterday or the day before yesterday, I started not being able to see the following websites :
> www.wiktionary.org
> http://wikimediafoundation.org/
> www.wikipedia.org
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/
> (Note : But www.wikimedia.fr/ is accessible)
> Note : The access was just fine from both 2 chinse internet providers in Guangzhou, China, and all the sudden, I couldn't access them on both at home and at work.
> - Could you please confirm that it is not the websites that are down ?
> - Is this due to a move of host IP to a IP range restricted by chinese internet providers ?
> - Or is this due to a new dark age for wikipedia in China ? For the last 3 or 4 months, Chinese pages were restricted but not the other langueges pages....
> Sincerely,
> (Tired of this stupid government who blocks just everything without reason, and they won't even bother to write "sorry, this website is against the law, we restricted access" they just let you believe the page doesnt exists.)
> And my software to get through the Internet Great Wall is not working for now.... :-((
> V.
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