There is a serious problem with Dreamwidth, which is impeding access for many RSS reader tools.
This started at around 0500 UTC on Wednesday morning, according to my own RSS reader cron job. A friend found #43443 in the DW ticket tracker, where a user of a minority web browser found they were blocked.
Local tests demonstrated that Dreamwidth had applied blocking by the HTTP User-Agent header, and were rejecting all user-agents not specifically permitted. Today, this rule has been relaxed and unknown user-agents are permitted. But user-agents for general http client libraries are still blocked.
I’m aware of three unresolved tickets about this:
We’re told there by a volunteer member of Dreamwidth’s support staff that this has been done…