To reach its goal of providing the best business class web hosting services
to our users, The Server Center offers users a full range of commercial hosting
services. Abuse of these services is considered a violation of our Terms
of Service/AUP ("Contract Agreement" you have executed before the service
was started.) One of the most serious abuses is using your account to
send unsolicited commercial e-mail, otherwise known as "spam." The following
are examples of spam and are blatantly contrary to our TOS/AUP.
- Commercial e-mail: Defined as sending unsolicited commercial
e-mails. This is prohibited. You are not permitted to use your Server Center
account or e-mail alias/account of your Virtual Server to send unsolicited
commercial e-mail. Using an e-mail address hosted anywhere on The Server Center
servers to collect responses from unsolicited commercial e-mail is prohibited.
This includes using a throw-away, free e-mail account to promote your
Server Center account and redirectors for the same account.
- Mail Bombing: Defined as sending large volumes of unsolicited
e-mail to individuals from your Server Center account. This is strictly prohibited.
- Harassment: Defined as sending threatening or harassing e-mail
after being requested to stop, is prohibited. Extremely threatening
or harassing e-mail is never allowed.
- Newsgroup Spamming: Defined as excessive cross-posting, or
posting the same article to several newsgroups. This is prohibited.
Generally accepted standards allow no more than 15 newsgroups, or cross-postings,
for a single article or substantially similar articles. Such articles
may be canceled. You are not allowed to use your Server Center based mail
facilities to SPAM the newsgroups.
- Off topic or inappropriate postings: There is no restriction
on content, except as defined by each newsgroup. Continued posting of
off-topic articles is prohibited. Please note that commercial advertisements
are off-topic in the vast majority of newsgroups.
Should you violate The Server Center's SPAM Policies, you WILL be charged $200
per hour for the time it takes us to "clean-up" your SPAM. This shall
include but not be limited to the time required to answer e-mail from
angry recipients of your SPAM and/or repair of a damaged server due to
the "Mail Bombing" or other actions of the angry recipients in retaliation
for your SPAM. You will also be charged $20 per gigabyte of data transfer
that your SPAM incurred, including bandwidth used by answers to or complaints
about your SPAM. We will invoice this amount and should it not be paid,
we will take legal action against you in court, and/or we will contact
a collection agency to recover the funds. Please note also that it is
now considered a crime to send UCE (unsolicited commercial e-mail) as
it falls into the category of "junk faxes." The Server Center will turn over all
names and personal information to the proper local, state, federal, and
international officials of any person who violates this policy.
We take a very dim view of SPAM. It is one of the most annoying things
encountered on the Internet. Any Server Center client found to be spamming
will have his/her account terminated immediately - no questions
asked (we will investigate the report thoroughly before terminating any
account). There is no warning or second chance. If we find that you have
violated our Acceptable Usage Policy, we will report you and the incident
to the proper local, state and federal authorities and will prosecute
you to the full extent of the law.
We are not attempting to censor, nor are we attempting to curtail the
business of our customers. But as a whole, spamming hurts our members
and us more than it helps the one spammer. Do yourself, and us, a favor:
PLEASE DON'T DO IT.
If you know of any Server Center client that is or might be violating this
policy, please send a message or, if possible, forward the SPAM or UCE
in full (including headers) to firstname.lastname@example.org.