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billing for requested data

 9:11 am on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

first some additional info that does not seem to
be in earlier threads about internetseer.

- their arin assignment is to GO2NET.COM/INFOSPACE.COM

this is what i had to say to them about ignoring
robots.txt just now:

Neither situation is my problem, if you do
not fix it, you can fully expect to be billed
at the rate of $0.10 per byte of data *requested*
by your robots returned by our servers effective
as of 2003/11/15.

This affects over 70 sites under my administration.
On one site that I just looked at, that is 5 requests
in ONE DAY at 153 bytes. Or, $0.10 * 5 * 153.
That is, $76.50 on that site alone.

could be quite profitable



 2:19 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

As actually collecting seems unlikely, wouldn't it be far less time and hassle to simply block the critter, or am I once again suffering from a vivid absence of imagination?


 3:10 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

They have ignored my robots.txt for over 2 years. They are blocked at the door, but that does not keep my log files from loading up with their regular and massive attempts.

Do you have a physical mailing address for them you'd be willing to share that will get through to the right person? I'll be only too happy to send them a notice similiar to yours.


 3:22 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)



 6:16 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

<begin humorous reply>
oh my god! They requested 153 bytes from your server in ONE DAY! Holy cow, that's criminal. Hire the OJ lawyers immediately and let's go after these selfish idiots...

I just looked at my log files and I could easily make $40,000 extra dollars a year! from home. And, if I copied this data to 6 of my best friends and asked them to split their profits with me, I could pull in over a hundred grand a year! And then they could send it to their friends, and I could easily become a millionaire by the end of the year!

I'm writing the letter now ... blasting it out to the 200,000,000 email addresses I got for $39.95...
<end humorous reply>

Seriuosly, I don't believe there are any laws backing you up. A web server is available to the public and it's assumed that various entities will be looking it over from time to time.


 6:51 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

internetseer SUCKS big time!

I've reported them to all the spam agencies, as they send me spam every day (they grabbed my 100+ domain names from a submission servcie that had nothing to do with them). Thats on top of that robot problem.

They do not respond to requests for removal, except to say I could PAY them to join some club to control the emails.

We need to get rid of internetseer somehow, the world would be a better place.


 7:17 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

While I regret being redundant ... simply block the critter.

A simple line in htaccess (or whatever is comparable for non-apache folks) and problem is solved. I doubt I even see two 403's per month in the logs anymore. I'd go back and check the logs to reconfirm, but well, much as the lovely Ms. Clark twanged a few years back, today I've got better thangs ta do.


 7:26 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

They also annoy me. Maybe we could team up and create some sort of anti-internetseer movment? :)


 7:34 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)


I just called them at 1-610-361-3000 (listed in whois).

Automated message offered me to enter an extention or press # to go into directory or stay on the line to leave a message.

I went into the directory and entered "McLellan" (also listen in whois). Obviosly he was not there, but there was an option on the answering machine to press 0 (zero) to speak to an operator ;)

So I did that. I told the operator what I think about their service. And he said that I could just tell him the URLs and the site will be removed.

I asked him if I could send him links by email since I have lots of them. He said that I should send them to privacy@internetseer.com and the site(s) *definetely* will be removed.

I'll do it right now and let's see what will happen :)


 7:39 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I'll do it right now and let's see what will happen :)

Use a throw-away email address to send the stuff!


 7:41 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I don't really care. I have a spamcop account ;) I already reported all their spam emails and now they get blocked by spamcop.

Now only thing is left is to drop the spider. I blocked it too, but it's a matter of principals :)


 7:43 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

drop the spider

Yeah, you'll have to - regardless of what their site claims, their spider does not obey robots.txt


 7:45 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you succeed, let us know. I've been there, done that and still my logs are massively spammed by internetseer. My email box was too until I redirected them to the blackhole.

Internetseer is an irritating company which refuses to redress webmaster concerns. Like a little fly buzzing around your head and you can't quite swat it. You try to ignore it, but its there every day doing its little thing ... year after year.


 7:47 pm on Nov 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

I wonder if it understands redirects. Then I could create an infinite loop of redirects, so that it'd choke and die.

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