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cannot access some popular websites from Linode, geolocation is wrong, ARIN is to blame?

Constantine A. Murenin(mureninc at gmail.com)@Sat, Mar 02, 2013 at 01:58:09PM -0800:
> Dear NANOG@,
> Additionally, it seems like both yelp.com and retailmenot.com block
> the whole from their web-sites, returning some
> graphical "403 Forbidden" pages instead.
> And in regards to yelp and retailmenot; why are they blocking Linode
> customers in  I've tried contacting both on multiple
> occasions, and have never received any replies from yelp, but
> retailmenot has replied several times with a blanket "someone may have
> tried to scrap, spam or proxy our site from this network".  I have
> repeatedly asked retailmenot if they'd block Verizon or AT&T if
> someone tries to scrap or spam their web-site from those networks,
> too, but have never received any replies.  I have also tried
> contacting Linode regarding this issue, and although they were very
> patient and tried troubleshooting the problem, reporting that it
> appears that other addresses within are likewise
> blocked, but some of their other address ranges at another DC are not,
> they have not been able to get in touch with anyone at yelp or
> retailmenot to isolate the problem.

For what it's worth, I've contacted Yelp about this issue a number of
times, and they're wholly uninterested in traffic from Linode.  They're
also unwilling to discuss the issue with someone coming from Linode.  So,
good luck on that front!

Bill Weiss