[sf-lug] wish? to sole? operator/hoster of majority of ... (was: Re: spam vs. anti-spam(2))

Todd Hawley celticdm at gmail.com
Mon May 10 09:59:47 PDT 2021

On Mon, May 10, 2021 at 12:10 AM Michael Paoli <
Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu> wrote:

> Well, for bit more background on BALUG and DreamHost (not SF-LUG
> relevant, skip this (long) paragraph if you're not interested in that
> bit), BALUG had for quite some time prior to that been hosted on
> DreamHost.com - wasn't my decision at all - someone else did that - not
> sure where things were hosted earlier than that (at least I certainly
> don't recall off-the-top-of-my-head, and also predates me having any
> BALUG involvement other than having attended, probably joined list, and
> did my first BALUG (and first LUG) presentation at BALUG on ...
> 2005-05-17:
> https://lists.balug.org/pipermail/balug-announce/2005-May/000032.html
> ).  Anyway, prior to about 2013-07-13, DreamHost.com services had been
> relatively fine ... sure, some glitches/issues, but nothing catastrophic
> or from which they(/"we") couldn't well recover from.  That all changed
> in 2013, and continued to be a repeated hot mess until we fully
> extricated ourselves from DreamHost.com.  So, e.g., exhibit A:
> $ cat */archive_date_ranges
> 2005-03-18--2013-05-24,2014-01-11--2015-01-31,2015-05-01--2015-11-30,2016-02-18--
> 2001-06-15--2013-07-12,2013-11-18--2014-09-30,2014-11-14--2015-01-31,2015-04-20--2015-11-30--2015-12-15,2016-02-15--
> 2001-06-15--2013-07-13,2013-11-09--2014-10-19,2014-10-22--2015-01-31,2015-04-06--2015-12-05,2016-01-23--
> $

Admittedly a bit off-topic but I used to maintain a web site for a local
professional group that used
WordPress and we switched to DreamHost (who was highly recommended to us by
a couple people).
When they found out we wanted to use WordPress, we were told we had to jump
through several
hoops (including having to use DreamHost as part of our URL). I had no idea
they were clearly very
familiar with WordPress and were trying to get free advertising through us.
The few months they hosted
our web site we constantly ran into issues and their tech support was
virtually nonexistent. So we
dumped them. Another time I maintained a site for another professional
group and discovered to my
horror it was also hosted by DH. Again, we ran into problems and moved on.
I've heard of others who
swore by them (or at least did). Considering their terrible business
practices, I'm amazed they're still in
business. So I agree that friends don't let friends use DreamHost.

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