Quackometer Silenced. Netcetera Tossers. Obi A Disgrace.

February 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm (Alternative Medicine, Bad Science, Bloggers, Woo) (, , , , , , , , )

The Quackometer’s hosting company Netcetera are spineless losers. Earlier this afternoon, Gimpy posted the sorry tale of the removal of the Quackometer blog. Netcetera have removed the entire blog in response to threats made by Joseph Chikelue Obi. This follows the previous removal of specific Quackometer posts by Netcetera (which I referred to on this blog as a Quack Attack). If anybody is in any doubt about the character of the man who has made these ludicrous allegations then please read this post, which details the disgraceful conduct of this erstwhile NHS employee. And for all those web hosts out there, please remember: there’s a difference between defamation and criticism.

New posts are popping up on the Bad Science blogs page and Shpalman and Dr* T also have a list of blogs that have posted on this so far. Not that I’m one to play favourites, but… best use of links: Netcetera are spineless morons; best post: Quackometer gagged by Netcetera.

Netcetera’s response to the Quackometer’s comments:

Thanks for your comments. We do not wish to be in a position where we could be taken to court, and incur the loss of time and expense that would involve. Consequently Netcetera have decided to suspend the Quackometer website, with reference to our Acceptable Usage Policy, the first part of which is quoted below. The full policy can be found on our website http://www.netcetera.im/SiteInfo/AUP/”Acceptable Usage Policy
This policy is subject to change, without alternate notice, so please check regularly for updates. This policy is in addition, and considered part of Netcetera’s Terms and Conditions.
Netcetera will be the sole arbiter as to what constitutes a violation of this provision.
1) Web Hosting
1.1) Netcetera reserves the right to suspend or cancel a customer’s access to any or all services provided by Netcetera, where Netcetera decides that the account has been inappropriately used. Netcetera reserves the right to refuse service and /or access to its servers to anyone.”
We will prevent public access to the site as of noon today 18th February 2008. You will be able to access the content to be able to transfer it to another host if you so wish.
We will hold the content available to you for 30 days, and then we will remove it from our servers.

Rather than sign up to a host such as Netcetera, you might be better off with, say, Positive Internet.

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5 Comments

  1. pv said,

    There are, without a doubt, web hosting companies who regard the Internet as a cash cow. There interest in freedom of speech and truthfulness stop at the first sign of a bogus lawsuit. Netcetera clearly fall into this category.
    One has to question too the validity of Terms and Conditions that are so abusive towards the paying client. Are they worth the paper they are printed on? The simple answer is no. Should Trading Standards be informed? Quite simply, yes.
    Netcetera have caved in to a man, Joseph Chikelue Obi, who defecates falsehoods and self-aggrandizing garbage all over the Internet. This man represents quackery better than almost any other living individual. Shame on him and equal shame on the legal representative who helped him issue a threat based on a spurious claim. Clearly the law’s primary purpose is to protect fraudsters and quacks, and to attack those who attempt to defend the unwitting public against such parasites.
    In the meantime, let’s look forward the rebirth of the Quackometer with a host who has all the integrity those spineless morons at Netcetera should have had.

  2. Apathy Sketchpad » Blog Archive » Netcetera Are Spineless Morons said,

    [...] to suspend or cancel a customer’s access to any or all services provided by Netcetera, where Netcetera decides that the account has been inappropriately used. Netcetera reserves the right to refuse [...]

  3. Svetlana14s said,

    Andy Lewis! Where are you?
    I couldn’t find your e-mail, so I am writing here!
    Maybe my comment will help you a bit.
    If you need webhost, then you can try Russian webhosting.
    The payment is less there. But main thing – the quacks will not bother you! Russian quacks don’t to care a fig for all world, except their own business ;) And “your” quacks will not be capable to reach you.
    If you want – you could try.
    Stick it!
    Be alive and healthy!!!
    Good luck!!!

  4. Svetlana14s said,

    HE IS ALIVE!!!!
    http://www.quackometer.net/blog/

    :) :) :)

  5. mjrobbins said,

    I’ve just posted the second in an impromptu series investigating the world’s weirdest doctor ™ over at http://layscience.net/?q=node/34 . You also might like to check out some of the recent investigative posts over at bloggerheads.com. I’ve never seen anything like this guy :S

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