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blocked ip address[edit]

i tried to edit a post today, but get the following message;

You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: Your username or IP address is blocked from doing this. You may still be able to do other things on this site, such as editing certain pages. You can view the full block details at account contributions. The block was made by ‪SHB2000‬. The reason given is /32 range exclusively used by Brendan since late 2021. If you've been affected by this range block, please leave a message on User talk:SHB2000. Start of block: 08:54, 29 April 2024 Expiration of block: 08:54, 29 October 2024 Intended blockee: 2001:8004:0:0:0:0:0:0/32 Block ID #23146.

not sure who brendan is, but it looks like anyone in the region using 4g will be blocked. is that the desired outcome? 2001:8004:5170:6009:9063:BF69:95A1:87F 23:38, 16 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Hello, Brendan is an LTA based in SEQ (Maroochydore specifically) who used to routinely IP hop using different addresses from that range. I've unblocked that IP range so you can edit. Hope that clarifies things! --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 00:46, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
thank you, i'm in the northern rivers... certainly a baptism of fire here! 03:19, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, when I usually block a /32 range, I make sure that innocent users affected by it can still contact me since it's a large range to block – it's also why it's only used in mainspace. What I was surprised was that it affected people south of the border too. --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 07:24, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
A /32 range covers 4 billion /64 blocks. I don't know how the IPv6 blocks are allocated, but such a range could easily be enough for much more than an Australian state. –LPfi (talk) 08:15, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
The /32 rangeblocks are usually very effective in tacking Brendan edits, as I've done several times before, but only use them in extreme circumstances (even more so than the criteria stewards use to global rangeblock /32 IPs). --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 08:58, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Are those criteria public? It would be nice to know how these allocations work and how the reasoning about them goes. –LPfi (talk) 09:23, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
No, and even I don't know the full criteria, but often those blocks are mirrored on Meta-Wiki if disruption continues from those ranges and you can imply the reason on a case-by-case (we don't have an exact block policy on Meta, but I've just abstained from doing range blocks over there and letting the stewards do it). --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 09:28, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
OK. I wonder whether /48 blocks (or somesuch) could be used in some of the cases where one is tempted to use /32. That would be 64 thousand /64 blocks instead of the 4 billion. –LPfi (talk) 09:57, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
I believe I've used /48 blocks in the past, though I can't remember if they were full blocks or namespace-specific blocks (or a bit of both). --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 10:09, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Though I do wonder if a /38 block would be better in this case. --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 10:12, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Whatever covers the IPs you want to block and not too many others. /38 is still many million /64 blocks. –LPfi (talk) 18:06, 17 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

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hey, i had been scratching my head trying to workout how to add linkable toc on my userpage banner, then stumbled across your userpage, which had exactly what i was trying to achieve. i do hope you don't take offense that i have used your tech on my page, but do thank you for this knowledge... Gecktrek (talk) 10:18, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Gecktrek: Not a problem – please do feel free to take anything from my userpage as you wish! --SHB2000 (t | c | m) 10:20, 24 May 2024 (UTC)Reply