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Following the instructions on the Tor Bridges page, I sent an email requesting some obfs4 bridges. I received a reply saying "no bridges currently available."

Then I used the BridgesDB from my browser to request obfs4 bridges and was provided with three. Obviously obfs4 bridges are available, so why didn't the email method send any?

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    What did you put in the message body? Which e-mail provider do you use? I just sent an e-mail via Gmail, and got bridges just fine, so the e-mail system is working properly. Sep 28, 2016 at 20:13
  • @SuperSluether it's a usual censorship case: in Russia, for example, it's a big problem
    – Alexey Vesnin
    Sep 29, 2016 at 19:54
  • But the email wasn't blocked, it just replied saying no bridges. So unless the government is spoofing emails but not blocking the bridges website. Sep 29, 2016 at 21:33

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I just duplicated the first message to test, and received three bridges. Must have been a system glitch. The text in the body of the email both times was get transport obfs4. I no longer needed more bridges because I'd acquired a bunch by using the BridgesDB, but the three I received were new so I added them anyway. I assume the more bridges you have the better, and I now have plenty.

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  • Glad to see you got it sorted. Oct 3, 2016 at 3:49

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