Lemmy.ml, the most popular instance fo Lemmy out there, is not accessible in my country unless I use a VPN. But, I can subscribe to any community that exists on lemmy.ml from here and even post on those communities from this account.

I love this aspect of Lemmy.

  • SalamanderA
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    329 months ago

    I am curious about why lemmy.ml is blocked in your country. Is the ‘ml’ domain generally blocked? Or was lemmy.ml specifically added to some block list?

    • TeleviseOP
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      239 months ago

      It just says 502 Bad Gateway. I’m not even sure if the block is intentional on their part, or a server issue of some sort.

      • @Pekka@feddit.nl
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        9 months ago

        A 502 status code does sound more like an error from the server, yes. The correct HTTP status code for a block by the government would be 451. But I’m not sure if countries that try to block social media respect this, they probably want to hide the fact that that website exists entirely. So they might go for a 404 error instead.

        • Skelectus
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          139 months ago

          404 is still a server response, so I imagine no response at all would be the way to go.

          • @Pekka@feddit.nl
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            99 months ago

            Yea true, so you would just get a timeout (or an error from the DNS server that the domain does not exist if you use a ‘government approved’ DNS server.

            • @cnnrduncan@beehaw.org
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              149 months ago

              A lot of censorship-happy governments have specific message that show up when a page is blocked telling you quite explicitly that the page you’re trying to access is banned.

            • @joyjoy@lemmy.world
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              49 months ago

              You’ll likely get a permanent redirect to some government site telling you access is denied. The same thing happens on a corporate or school network that blocked a domain.

        • @Weerdo@lemmy.world
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          99 months ago

          I like that the code is 451, but yeah no one is going to explicitly use it when they’re blocking things. A little too on the nose.

      • SalamanderA
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        59 months ago

        Hmm, interesting. I don’t know how to interpret that. Thanks!