No, I’m not saying that. Initial setup, done properly, doesn’t take up any more resources than a site that’s been running for a while. What I do think happens is that people who are kicked off of other web hosts for using more resources than can reasonably be hosted under shared web hosting flip to Dreamhost and set up shop here, where, surprise, surprise, their sites use up more resources than can reasonably hosted under shared web hosting. This creates problems for everyone on the “new” servers until these people can be identified and either moved to dedicated hosting or can be kicked out to cause problems at some other host.
[quote]I don’t know if this is a good idea, but here it is:
New users should be put in to a different server, their resource usages be monitored, and depending on the usage history, they are put in to appropriate servers. Instead of trying to make everyone equally happy, reward the gentle ones more than the harsh ones. That seems like discrimination, but I feel its fair. Moreover, it would motivate people to learn to optimize their usage. What do you say?[/quote]
I think it’s a decent idea, but I don’t think it’s necessary to actually move the good folks. You just need to kick the baddies out entirely. Eventually, the new servers fill up with good people and new signups are assigned to a different server for new folks.
I actually think this is what naturally happens without any intervention and is why most of the complaints are from new signups rather than people who’ve been here for a few years.
It’s all pure speculation on my part, though.
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