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  • by pudge (1) on 2002.08.19 15:27 (#11946) Homepage Journal
    I've three times had my service providers shut me down, or threaten to.

    Once was my Counter Terrorist page on netaxs, back around '96. A single web page had IMG SRC links to arbitrary web counters on other web sites. People would come to my page and just keep hitting reload, and bump up the poor counters of these other sites. Abuse of lack of HTTP_REFERER checks. At the time, I didn't even know about HTTP_REFERER, so I didn't even know if the requests could be blocked; as it turned out, several web page counter programs soon started HTTP_REFERER checks, at least one of them linking to my page in its docs. :-) Long story made short, they shut off my web site due to complaints. Lame. I left them.

    Second and third were both because of a net.kook on clpm, who for some reason hated it when people would Cc: him in email when replying to him on usenet. That was my default setting, and I wasn't going to change it just because he got his panties in a bunch. So he wrote to my ISP, Adelphia, and email provider, Pobox, and said I was harassing him. He didn't mention that my posts were not harassment, but the fact that I was sending them to email instead of just to Usenet was the harassment. Neither looked into the allegation and both threatened me with closing my accounts; I explained the situation to both, and Pobox said "no problem", and Adelphia never responded. I am still with both.