Posting this in “curious” since no other forum seemed to fit.
I am very suddenly scheduled for an unrequested forced server move, and DH support is offering to upgrade me to unlimited as a way to say sorry.
Now I am wondering about the TOS for unlimited. It seems incredibly vague for what is otherwise a pretty serious company.
To me, “essential purpose to use disk or bandwidth” would be something like piping /dev/random to a file and then encouraging people to download it repeatedly even though it’s unusable garbage.
Then they go on to list several useful things which clearly do NOT just have an “essential purpose to use disk or bandwidth”.
I understand that if there are no limits there will be abuse by antisocial people, but come on?
For instance, they state that sites which incorporate “file upload” are not allowed. File upload by the account owner or third parties? How the hell would you get content onto their servers without using this nefarious “file uploading”? It’s just too vague. By this definition they can just yank your account for any reason, any time.
I’ll give an example of what I have used web servers for sometimes: I am a musician and collaborate on projects with the people in my band, who are geographically scattered. I sometimes upload 2-300 MB big archives of work files, mail the links and instruct a couple of people to download them, then erase them. Would this kind of practice not be allowed on dreamhost then? Technically it incorporates “uploading”, “file sharing”, “storing files”, and all those other horrible things.
But according to their very vague definition, so does a static html site using 300 kb of space?
(I realize this probably sounds like I was trying to write some sort of lame weasel language for “I’m running a pirated MP3 site”, but I am really not. To me it’s legitimate use of a server and I certainly legitimately own all the data.)
Otherwise I have nothing to complain about, but this worries me. I don’t like being worried.