Funny Thing

So this guy calls us up and leaves a voice mail about buying… because it’s been down for the past 3 days and he thought we might be for sale.

At first, I couldn’t figure out what the heck he was talking about because our 3rd party monitoring service (Keynote’s RedAlert) indicated that we have had perfect uptime for the past month.

Then I realized…

He was one of the people that we blocked from viewing our website.

About a month ago, we began banning any IP address that surfs our website beyond several thousand views per day or month.

Our Terms of Service only allows a publisher to reprint 25 articles per 12 months and we assume that anyone (who is not a search engine) that crawls our site by the thousands of views per day, everyday, can not possibly be a human casual surfer.

We intend to begin prosecuting sites that violate our terms of service for copyright infringement. It’s a sad reality that we have to even consider addressing this, but there are always a handful of unscrupulous people out there.


Glenn Prialde writes:

hehehe funny indeed, but just for fun and curiousity Chris. If you are to sell the site how much will it cost the buyer?

Comment provided January 21, 2005 at 8:32 AM



The site is not for sale at this time…

But, we do intend to license sections of the directory in partnership deals very soon.

Didn’t plan on addressing that till we were over 12,000 articles. 3100 more to go till then.

Comment provided January 21, 2005 at 8:39 AM


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