“412: Precondition Failed”
We’re sorry, but we could not fulfill your request for / on this server. We have established rules for access to this server, and any person or robot that violates these rules will be unable to access this site.
Oops. It appears I have pissed off GrayWolf’s server. Or he’s been drinking the IncrediBill Coolaide and installed anticrawl on his blog. That’s really too bad, because he just IP blocked a whole helluvalot of people on the t-mobile Starbucks network.
I make no apologies. Yes, I had my referrer spoofing Googlebot. I forgot to set it back; so sue me. But is that really a good enough reason to IP block all the innocent Starbucks customers? I’m going to guess it was a lack of checking robots.txt while appearing to be a bot. Violated his “MUST NOT pretend to be a robot” regulation. Ah well.
I saw a Squidoo comment in the Google SERPs, and hopped on over to read it. Alas, no more wolf-howl for now. I wonder how long we’ll be blocked? I mean, they’ll be blocked. I’ll just hop over to one of my proxies, but I am pretty sure the rest of the Starbuckers won’t be so well equipped. What will they do when the follow what looked like a good snippet in Google, only to get this 412 message? They will bail. Ferr sherr.