Short Take: I Can’t Do What, Dear Host?

An email arrived from my friendly neighborhood internet hosting service, A2Hosting, informing me (as well as, I suppose, everyone else paying them money) of changes to their Terms of Service. Having been as much of a slacker as every other relatively normal person on the internet, I had never bothered to read them before. But I had a moment and so

B Certain content is prohibited…Use of our network to host content related to or to engage in the following activities is strictly prohibited.

Strictly prohibited? Sounds very serious.  So what content will the people I pay to host SJ not allow me to post?

Websites or links to websites advocating human violence and hate crimes;

That’s pretty vague. So I can’t link to PoliceOne when they’re advocating a good perp beating? And I can’t comment on hate crimes, or the existence of hate crimes, or whatever it is you’re talking about since you fail to define any of this?

Websites promoting illegal activities. or linking to other websites that promote illegal activities;

So no posts about fraudulent websites, scam lawyers or marketeers, tech companies that rob you blind and run off in the middle of the night?

selling, or otherwise disseminating, pornography or other erotic material, regardless of its literary merit;

While SJ might fall short on the literary merit scale, it is, occasionally, erotic, provided one gets off on a good cup of whup-ass. So no go? And boy, do I feel vindicated that I didn’t choose the other pic of Maggie McNeil for her Cross. I’d be dead in the water.

dox or posting personally identifiable information such as addresses and phone numbers of individuals with the hope of causing damage or harm to said person.

I’m not a fan of directly harassing people who do things I consider bad, whether murdering people, lying or just saying something dangerously stupid, but I do hope to shame them for doing so. And as a matter of course, I’ll usually link to them, because I’m not into passive-aggressiveness and try to support my assertions with, you know, facts. This reveals their “identifiable information.” So that’s out too?

I don’t know who came up with these terms of service, but are you trying to tell me that if I don’t toe whatever line some shit-for-brains thinks is all social justice-y and sanitized, you can take my money, change the rules and tell me that perfectly lawful content now violates your feelz rulez?

Asking for a friend, A2Hosting. No, that’s just a joke. I’m asking for me.

17 comments on “Short Take: I Can’t Do What, Dear Host?

  1. Rendall

    You’re lucky. Their TOS also used to forbid websites that promote “magic, or the witchcraft”. No lie. I was once their customer nigh on 20 years ago.

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      1. John Barleycorn P.S. Speaking of things worth paying for, I am in for orchestrating and transferring some gizzards and gold to assist with what should have long been obvious, to anyone who is not a lawyer? (Who BTW, has been woefully neglecting

        https://youtu.be/a3QaA5kXRGM

        P.S. Speaking of things worth paying for, I am in for orchestrating and transferring some gizzards and gold to assist with what should have long been obvious, to anyone who is not a lawyer? (Who BTW, has been woefully neglecting his tec aggregation as of late.)

        Time to invest in future of this URL*. W-da-F, are you afraid of esteemed one? I know of only one server rack that actually ever “wounded” someone. And even that was during a scripted orgasm, in the final scene of Cords of Bondage, back in the day when Tec Porn was selling.

        No really it’s true on all accounts! And besides your future grand kids will be impressed.

        *It will all be mine one day afterall. (And I can’t tell you how cool the the monthly Witchcraft in Law insert is gonna be!

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  2. Jake

    You’ve been having difficulty with A2 since the day I started carpet bombing SJ’s comments with my naive justice writ large aspirations. I may be wrong most of the time around here but I’m right about this: GET A NEW HOST. (or stop making man-baby noises about it)

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  3. B. McLeod

    It would be the better part of valor not to tell them about the links to Mattress Chick’s video or BDSM shots.

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        1. SHG Post author

          Do you not notice my studious effort to avoid mentioning the BDSM? Can’t you leave anything for the kids to look forward to?

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  4. DaveL

    Then there’s this little tidbit:

    f. Child Pornography. A2 Hosting takes a strong zero tolerance stance on any content that is potentially harmful to minors, as determined in A2 Hosting’s sole discretion.

    I think, back when A2 stood for “Athenian Assembly”, this was the catchall clause that they used against Socrates. Thankfully, I don’t think they use hemlock anymore.

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    1. SHG Post author

      I saw the child porn, but didn’t read further. I don’t think child porn means what they think it means. As for potentially harmful to children, I’m pretty sure they mean the NY Times, so I’m screwed again.

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  5. Joseph

    The ToS mostly seems there to give them cover to safely boot anyone who hosts anything that might give them bad press down the line, like a system in which everything is made illegal and prosecutorial discretion is used to only go after those people who you actually don’t like.

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