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.