2011-09-12 20:47:08A mystery, wrapped in an enigma
Daniel Bailey
Daniel Bailey

just deleted this comment:

richard.hockey at 12:01 PM on 12 September 2011
Congrats, well deserved. Also love the way UQ takes the credit.


The thing is, earlier it didn't have that spam link (I know, because I checked it and I still have that Firefox window open).  It had this link instead:

So, someone went back into this comment & edited out the original link & substituted the link I deemed SPAM & then deleted.

Details on the poster (note: the IP of the deleted comment is, 130.1  -  more on this later):

User Level 
Subscribe   Yes     No
Link Subscribe   Yes     No
Date Added 

IP Address Location

IP Address
City Brisbane
State or Region Queensland
Country Australia
ISP Information Technology Services. 
Latitude & Longitude -27.467580  153.027892
Domain UQ.EDU.AU  
If we had a function to cross-reference existing users by IP address, it would be easier to try & sort this out. 

When Gilles was spamming us, some of his comments had a similarly funky IP address.  When I delete the characters after the comma, like I did with Gilles to locate his Grenoble IP location, I get this:
IP Address Location

IP Address
City -
State or Region -
Country -
ISP Private IP Address Lan. 
Latitude & Longitude 0.000000   0.000000
Domain -  

I already checked with John and he directed me to post this here, on the off-chance someone could help. 
Anyone have any ideas?
2011-09-12 20:59:13IP Address mystery
John Cook


That's the IP address of the University of Qld, which is where I'm now working. Very weird.

Hmm, one explanation, a climate denier sneaks into the Global Change Institute, creeps into my office with my laptop unattended, registers an account richard.hockey then logs in under my account to use my moderator abilities to edit the comment.

Yep, that makes no sense. Have no clue what's going on.

2011-09-13 01:24:44



IP addresses in the range of to are reserved for private networks (internal use).

For instance, if you have a router that is distributing access to one IP address across several home computers, the external IP address might be, but the router may assign internal IP addresses such as,, etc. to the home computers.  This of course applies to much larger networks, too, and is typical of businesses and universities which have a block of IP addresses assigned, but far more users than they have addresses, so people don't each get their own and instead a router handles all of the traffic.

As such, the number is meaningless.  I think you are just seeing the "route" that a response has to take to get to the right computer within the network at

So you know that it came from U of Qld, but not exactly what computer out of thousands within that network.

2011-09-13 01:25:13


Sorry, slight typo: The private network range is to