Well i wouldn't really call this a challenge problem, but more of an IRC problem, this is what i get from my bot so far,
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Setting up IRC connection...
Installing handler routines... done.
Disconnected from irc.hackthissite.org (ERROR :Closing Link: [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx] Z:Lined (Open proxy found on your host. http://cbl.abuseat.org/lookup.cgi?ip=xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx for more information.)). Attempting to reconnect...
So...being on a dynamic IP (courtesy of t-mobile crud) it looks like i will never be able to connect directly, so i tried going through tor (via command-line torify etc) and guess what? same as, even all the tor nodes are blocked!
Any suggestions on how i can get around all this CBL rubbish and actually be able to connect and do this challenge? I've visited the URL, and requested the removal of this particular IP, but i excpect that won't even make a difference, as im assigned IP's dynamically and will most likely land on another blocked one. (and no, my ISP won't give me a static IP, courtesy of not being what they call a 'premium' user)
Note: i also get all the above when trying to connect to irc.hackthissite.org through xchat, and i never had any problems before, well...ages ago really, i was on the hts irc quite often in fact.
And i must apologise if parts of my post seem in any way harsh, but i am really frustrated at this point, i have spent countless hours learning the ins and outs of the perl Net:IRC module, and IRC in general, and now i can't even pit my wits against the challenge it was all for.
I actually solved it now, and now i have this very warm feeling...lol
Turns out, my request for the IP removing from the CBL lists was quicker than i thought it would be, and luckily i was on the same IP when i tried again...so....Challenge Complete!
Also, I'm glad i read this thread before posting, because i too had the issue of 'moo is +q', which was again solved by using that particular IP posted ages ago