TASVideos

Tool-assisted game movies
When human skills are just not enough

Access Blocked

Having problems with diff or editing and are being referred to this page?

This site tries to protect itself from dumb mirroring scripts that issue some thousand requests within minutes bringing our server to its knees.
These measures have been taken:

  1. checking for referrer information
  2. hidden trap link
  3. limiting requests/minute

Referrer information

A first measure is to block access to any function other than viewing a page, if there is no referrer information present. What does this mean?

Every time you click on a link, your browser sends a request to our server to get the desired page and pictures. This request not only contains the pagename which you would like to see, but also which page you are coming from (referrer information).

However, mirroring scripts don't send this information. So checking for the referrer information is an easy way to distinguish between scripts and regular browsers. On the other hand, many standard configurations of browsers and firewalls refuse to send referrer info too.

If there is no referrer information, then everything but viewing a page is blocked (e.g. diff, edit, save, ...).

If you get the "AccessBlocked" message as a regular user, then either you are not using a standard browser, or have configured your browser in a way to not send the referrer information, or a proxy you are using is removing this information.
Of course, to fix the problem, you have to disable this information-secrecy option from the proxy/firewall/somethingblocker you are using.

As the referrer information has to originate from within this site, it is no longer possible to link to diff etc. from other websites. Note: you can still link to pages themselves.

Hidden trap link

There used to be a trap link on all pages for scripts to follow if they didn't obey the robots.txt file. Any IP that accessed this link was blocked for up to 36 hours. This link was lost in a site redesign circa 2008.

The morbidly curious may find the link in the wiki source of this page.

Limit requests/minute

Some scripts issue many requests per minute. We now enforce a limit of 35 requests/minute. Any IP issuing more requests is first warned and subsequently blocked for 6 hours.

If you are a regular user and got blocked by this, then send us an email. Maybe you should reconsider your browsing habits :o)

Note: If you use a "pre-fetching" feature in your browser, you may get blocked without warning because the pre-fetching downloads hundreds of pages from this site without your explicit request, first getting a warning (which it does not display because it's a prefetch) and then blocking your access before you even know it.


The above measures should shield TASvideos from the most offensive scripts.

Q>What if I would still like to have a local copy of TASvideos?
A>Download a ready packed snapshot at TASSnapshot.
Q>What if I want to do some data processing on the site contents, such as load the list of all movie filenames published since day X?
A>Consider the SOAP API we have.


Text mostly copied from Sensei's Library


FractalFusion: How come some external links link to this page? For example: http://www.mmhp.net.


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AccessBlocked last edited by feos on 2016-09-02 21:30:31
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