XMPP-Registration fails with 403

Jonathan McDowell noodles at earth.li
Thu Dec 12 21:25:31 GMT 2013

On Mon, Dec 09, 2013 at 12:35:53PM +0000, Simon Iremonger (wiltslug) wrote:
> On 2013-12-09 11:41, Maciej Schuttkowski wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> > I wanted to get a jabber-account on earth.li,
> > but my client (Pidgin on Windows 7) throws a "403 forbidden" at me...
> > On https://xmpp.net/directory.php jabber.earth.li is listed as
> > public/free and has A-Grades in terms of Security.
> > So I assumed I could register with my client.
> > Is there any webinterface through which I could register?
> > Is it a client-problem?
> > Or are registrations disabled?
> Yes this is a problem isn't it..... =).
> I and others seem to have asked similar question before
>   seemingly without success...
> There seems to be a shortage of good public servers in UK.
> comm.unicate.me  seems to have died recently but used to be good.
> jabber.org.uk    seems to have bad SSL cert but can work.
> jabber.earth.li  seems to have unresponsive admins and no working
>                    registration =).  May not have been intended to
>                    be quite public-use ?

Sorry for the lack of response; I tend to read the mails, think "I
should respond to that when I've got a moment", then forget to come back
to this folder.

I disabled registration on jabber.earth.li a while back because it was
being seriously abused by what looked to be spammers (thousands of
accounts created with random IDs). I'd love to open it up again to
public registration but I haven't managed to find an easy way to do so.
There are some projects to tie in a capatcha on a web interface with the
registration process which I guess might work, but I haven't found the
time yet to fully investigate.


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