Icerocket have banned us. We don't have many users using feeds from IceRocket, but if your digests are not updating, this is why. If you want to contact them for resolution, the IP address they have banned is 184.108.40.206. We will be looking into e-mailing them also.
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If you desperately need an immediate resolution, put their feeds through FeedBurner, and or attempt use the Coral cache by appending .nyud.net:8090 to the hostname.
According to the IceRocket robots.txt policy, you cannot use their feeds in an automated fashion. Sorry to our users who were using them, but thems their rules :( If you wish to complain, you need to contact them and explain what you are doing.
As an aside... curiously all their search feeds are blocked under their robots.txt policy which, in theory, means NO automated client can access them (including regular feed readers, Google Reader, etc..) so I can't see why they even bother to offer RSS feeds :)
I've sent IceRocket an e-mail as surely this policy is a mistake regarding feeds.. not seen anyone block feed access via robots.txt before ;-)
Sorry for boring you all to tears, but I've spoken with Blake at IceRocket and we'll be whitelisted tomorrow morning.
In my research I have discovered RSS readers, though automated, are not strictly "bots", so IceRocket's policy is not strictly incorrect. I am very curious on this issue though because robots.txt was designed long before tools like RSS readers were envisioned.. perhaps it's time for a new standard :)
All is now resolved and we are whitelisted with IceRocket. Hurrah!
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