Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

Non-Member (*)

One of your customer's sites offends me. Who do I email to have it taken down?

How do I report a violation of your Terms and Conditions of Service or illegal activity?

How do I report that my copyrighted content is being distributed by a site you host?

I visited a site that is hosted with NearlyFreeSpeech.NET. Why did I receive an "access denied" error?

What happens when I report a technical problem with someone else's services?

How do I report a technical problem with a NearlyFreeSpeech.NET site?

How do I contact the operator of a site you host?

I am a journalist doing a story on a site you host. May I interview you?

One of your members hosts something for me (or my/our organization). Will you give me access to it?

Why do you host really, really offensive content?

How do I take over responsibility for something hosted by one of your members?

This process works a little differently here than it does with most other services. At NearlyFreeSpeech.NET, responsibility is divided into two distinct pieces: a membership and an account.

A membership represents an individual person. A person can only have one membership, which has their real, personal name on it. This membership cannot be shared or transferred.

The account is a separate piece under the membership that contains money, sites, domains, everything related to hosting for a specific entity (which might be the same person, or it might be a company, club, or organization.).

So, in order to take over responsibility for hosted services, following process:

  1. Make sure our service is a good fit for you. If it isn't, it's best to find that out beforehand.
  2. Create your own membership in your own name. If the other person tries to give you their username and password, don't let them! You must never access a membership belonging to someone else.
  3. Establish with the other person exactly what you are taking over. This could range from a whole account full of services down to a single site or domain name. The important thing is that you both agree on exactly what is to be transferred.
  4. If you are receiving anything other than a full account, you must create an account of your own and fund it.
  5. When you are ready, both you and the other person should submit identical "transfer" assistance requests in our user interface. (More detailed instructions are available in our Member FAQ.)
  6. We will take care of the rest.

If I think services you host are currently unavailable due to lack of funds; is there anything I can do?