One of the main instances of Lemmy ( is blocking ‘kbinbot’ user agent requests on their instance. Basically, they are blocking kbin instances. This is not a bug, but on purpose.

I couldn’t find anything related in their source-code, so this is block is only present on (or maybe some other Lemmy instances).

This is causing quite a lot of federation issues with Kbin instances. Resulting in various failed messages (from the messenger handler).

$ curl -I --user-agent "kbinbot"
HTTP/2 403
server: nginx
date: Wed, 28 Jun 2023 18:35:27 GMT
content-type: text/html
content-length: 146
vary: Accept-Encoding

$ curl -I --user-agent "notkbin"
HTTP/2 200
server: nginx
date: Wed, 28 Jun 2023 18:35:42 GMT
content-type: text/html; charset=utf-8
content-length: 163388
vary: Accept-Encoding
x-powered-by: Express
content-security-policy: default-src 'self'; manifest-src *; connect-src *; img-src * data:; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval'; style-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline'; form-action 'self'; base-uri 'self'; frame-src *; media-src *
etag: W/"27e3c-LCqXylkqSkDOy3K+3w2TijtMn14"
strict-transport-security: max-age=63072000
referrer-policy: same-origin
x-content-type-options: nosniff
x-frame-options: DENY
x-xss-protection: 1; mode=block