I would also like an explanation of what happened…Sometimes, based on posts of “I got banned”, I get the feeling that “Arvid” is perusing domains and looking for something…-anything- so he can press the ‘kill’ button!
Black hat seo stuff is like hiding text in the background–font size 1, same as BG color, using keywords a little too much on a site, etc. Google will ban you for all those tricks anyway… I don’t see how a webhost can be the judge and jury in this matter.
And scraping (where you act like a search-engine bot going thru an entire site)…was he the ‘scraper’ or the ‘scrapee’? If you are the scraper, you would usually run that from your own computer–but if this person was using a shared server to do this…then I would have to agree that is not right. If he was the ‘scrapee’, then I don’t see how it was his fault…maybe offer to modify the robots or htaccess file.
I think this thread is showing there are a lot of people worried that a simple mistake can get them banned permanently by an overzealous tech… with almost no details! If it’s something that is affecting the performance of the shared server, then by all means…but maybe issue a warning or a temp suspension first? I don’t see what could be so bad as to warrant the kind of action we have seen against this ‘90210’ user. (If it was directories full of movie dvd isos, commercial software/music… then yeah, boot them!)
Another thing I wonder is if I have domains registered thru dreamhost and my site or account gets disabled, do I lose the rights to my domain-name as well??