[tor-relays] collecting info on Wikipedia blocking non-exits

Tom Ritter tom at ritter.vg
Thu Jan 4 19:25:59 UTC 2018

For the benefit of others, to test this from a mac:

1) I ssh-ed to my relay using ssh -D 5555 user at relay

2) I opened up Firefox, went to preferences, at the bottom hit Network
Proxy Settings

3) I set *only* the socks host to localhost port 5555, Socks %, and
set Proxy DNS at the bottom

4) I went to whatismyipaddress.com and confirmed it came from my relay IP

5) I went to wikipedia and visited a non-front-page article (it turns
out articles from the front page often don't have an Edit link at the

6) I got something that looked like an edit page, but at the top it said:

You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason:

Your IP address is in a range which has been blocked on all wikis.

The block was made by Vituzzu (meta.wikimedia.org). The reason given
is Open proxy: Linode (+2600:3C03:0:0:F03C:91FF:FE70:63CA).

Start of block: 22:53, 16 June 2013
Expiration of block: 12:51, 21 May 2018

Alison: My relay is
and it has never been an exit.


On 2 January 2018 at 15:13, Alison Macrina <alison at torproject.org> wrote:
> Hi friends,
> I'd like to collect some anecdata about this issue regarding Wikipedia
> blocking edits from Tor non-exit relays:
> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/24758
> If you run a non-exit relay, would you be so kind as to go to
> wikipedia.org from that IP, click "edit" on any page, and report to me
> off-list if your relay is blocked or not? In your message, please give
> me your relay address and let me know if it's ever functioned as an exit
> before.
> Thank you!
> Alison
> --
> Alison Macrina
> Community Team Lead
> The Tor Project
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