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I put a program in cron to run every 5 minutes, and that program loop 5 times and read each api site 12 seconds interval.

But last night (12 hours ago), I noticed that my program broke and there was multiple instances of program running and trying to fetch data in almost every second.

Problem was I didn't set cron to run only one instance of my program, and it taking time more than 5 minutes and duplicating with next cron instances. It was about 2 Hours long!

So, Can I request to unblock my IP here or Should I just wait for automatic release or Just give up?

Note: I only have one hosting, I can't change IP address on my side.

Edit: Looks like it is not temporary, I still can't fetch any data from (api.)?stackoverflow.com, sstatic.net yet until now.

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I believe the correct sacrifice to appease the gods is 3 lambs and a cricket. –  Mark Henderson Jun 15 '10 at 4:38
I believe that this is why we test on our local machine before uploading. –  Nathan Osman Jun 15 '10 at 5:02
@farseeker even though the day is young (for me at least), I think that's the best comment I'll see all day! –  Matt S. Jun 15 '10 at 11:09
@S.Mark have you resolved? –  systempuntoout Jun 17 '10 at 6:25
@system, not yet. :( looks like it is semi permanent. –  YOU Jun 17 '10 at 12:23
@S.Mark :-|.... –  systempuntoout Jun 17 '10 at 12:26

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If it were me, I'd email team@stackoverflow.com. They would be the best people to talk to to get this issue resolved.

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yeah, dude. what he said. i would have been spamming them 5 minutes into a lock out. –  Sky Sanders Jun 17 '10 at 23:52

Wait unit 00:00 GMT and your rate-limit will be reset.

unless you tripped some wire I am not aware of and got on a black list.

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I think its more than rate-limit issue though, but let's see –  YOU Jun 15 '10 at 5:16

E-mail us (use the contact link) with the IP and your case details.

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