From Encyclopedia Dramatica
This article defines official ED Policy.
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But-but-but-but I have a Dreamhost account and I know for a fact that this site can't cost more than $10 a year!!!:
Ok this is the stupidest shit someone could possibly say, and you might not know it but when someone says something like this it makes them sound like a complete fucking idiot who knows nothing about computers. We have to mention it here though because we hear it a lot. ED cannot survive on shared hosting. Even if it could handle the traffic, which it can't, we violate the TOS of 99% of the Internet's hosting providers, and the remaining 1% are not cheap. That and the fact that ED runs on at least 2 dedicated servers, 5 smaller virtual servers and 7 reverse proxies scattered throughout the globe at any given point in time makes shared/cheap-as-fuck hosting not an option. We need real servers, with real memory, real processing power, and real diskspace, all of which costs real money. Only the best for ED/our users.
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