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Re: Gentoo's response on them blocking access to their forums via Tor

So, they still won't differentiate between browsing
forums and posting on them. 

As for "technical or legitimate reason[10]", since I
can't seem to reach the website (without Tor) this may
have to been discussed, what about a situation where I
as a developer or an advanced user of Gentoo have a
fundamentally different opinion on a core issue from
some demigod core developer of Gentoo and who wants to
silence me or worse identify me? Don't want to state
examples, but hasn't these things happened before?

Maybe someone who is in touch with the Gentoo guys
could ask them?


--- Evert <evert@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Tor network servers banned on the Forums
> ----------------------------------------
> The Tor Network[7] is an anonymous Internet
> communication system that uses
> a distributed network of servers to bounce
> communications around. People
> were able to use tor to browse the Gentoo Forums[8]
> until some malicious
> users started abusing the forums. As you might have
> already guessed, using
> tor hides your IP address, so it works similarly to
> a kind of anonymous
> posting. The gentoo forums staff[9], due to this
> abusive use of tor
> servers, has decided to ban all tor servers that
> have an exit policy
> allowing connections to forums.gentoo.org on ports
> 80 (HTTP) and/or 443
> (HTTPS). We are concerned that our users might want
> to preserve their
> anonymity, however there doesn't seem to be a good
> technical or legitimate
> reason[10] to use tor on the Gentoo Forums.
>   7. http://tor.eff.org
>   8. http://forums.gentoo.org/
>   9. http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/forums/
>   10.
> http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-365013.html
> In an effort to purge the abuse of the Tor Network
> generating the least
> problem to our users, only Tor servers with an exit
> to forums.gentoo.org
> on the ports above stated will be banned. If they
> have those exits
> removed, they'll automatically be unbanned. Please,
> notice that this
> process of retrieving the list of Tor servers is
> performed automatically
> and that it might take a while to have the ban-list
> synced.

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