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  • RateMyCop.com having problems: UPDATE

    A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops.

    Visitors to RateMyCop.com on Tuesday were redirected to a GoDaddy page reading, "Oops!!!", which urged the site owner to contact GoDaddy to find out why the company pulled the plug.

    RateMyCop founder Gino Sesto says he was given no notice of the suspension. When he called GoDaddy, the company told him that he'd been shut down for "suspicious activity."

    When Sesto got a supervisor on the phone, the company changed its story and claimed the site had surpassed its 3 terabyte bandwidth limit, a claim that Sesto says is nonsense. "How can it be overloaded when it only had 80,00 page views today, and 400,000 yesterday?"

    Police departments became uneasy about RateMyCop's plans to watch the watchers in January, when the Culver City, California, startup began issuing public information requests for lists of uniformed officers.

    Then the site went live on February 28th. It stores the names and, in some cases, badge numbers of over 140,000 cops in as many as 500 police departments, and allows users to post comments about police they've interacted with, and rate them. The site garnered media interest this week as cops around the country complained that they'd be put at risk if their names were on the internet.

    "Having a website like that puts a lot of law enforcement, in my eyes, in danger because it exposes us out there," Officer Hector Basurto, vice president of the Latino Police Officers Association, told ABC television affiliate KGO.

    Since undercover officers aren't in the database, and the site has no personal information like home addresses, that fear seems unfounded. Chief Jerry Dyer, president of the California Police Chiefs Association, voices what sounds like a more honest concern: that officers will face "unfair maligning" by the citizens they serve.

    Sesto says police can post comments as well, and a future version of the site will allow them to authenticate themselves to post rebuttals more prominently. Chief Dyer wants to get legislation passed that would make RateMyCop.com illegal, which, of course, wouldn't pass constitutional muster in any court in America.

    Unfortunately for the startup, the company it chose for hosting is known to be quick to censor its customers. In January of last year, GoDaddy took down entire computer security website -- delisting it from DNS -- to get a single, archived mailing list post off the web.

    On that occasion, at least, it gave the site's owner 60 seconds notice. GoDaddy notified Seto by posting its "Oops!" message to his public website.

    "You put on my website for me to call you, when you have my phone number?," says Sesto.

    A GoDaddy spokeswoman says the company can't comment on the RateMyCop takedown due to its privacy policy. Sesto says he's already arranged hosting elsewhere, and hopes to have the site online Tuesday night.

    March 12, 2008 | 6:00:00 PM RackSpace Cops Out. Sesto says he'd arranged for the Texas-based hosting firm RackSpace to take over permanent hosting for RateMyCop.com, and paid them $2,000 for the first two months of service. But he heard from RackSpace's lawyer minutes ago, and the deal is off.

    "We believe that the website to be found at www.ratemycop.com as described to our sales representative could create a risk to the health and safety of law enforcement officers," wrote general counsel Beth Sherfy, in an e-mail to the startup provided by Sesto.

    Sherfy didn't immediately return a phone call from THREAT LEVEL.

    At the moment, the site has temporary hosting on its own server, but Sesto says it won't be able to handle the kind of traffic he expects as RateMyCop.com becomes more popular. He doesn't sound too worried, and there's little doubt that he'll be able to find a hosting company.

    Our prediction: A year from now RateMyCop.com will have won public service awards. Good cops, and clean departments, will have come to think of the site as a friend, and its founders will be sought-after speakers at police gatherings. Hosting companies that reject them on "health and safety" grounds will look like fools and cowards.

    March 12, 2008 | 19:40:00 PM GoDaddy Breaks Its Silence. The company insists the RateMyCop.com takedown had nothing to do with the content of the site.

    "The site's operator has publicly disclosed the concerns were over bandwidth," spokeswoman Elizabeth Driscoll writes in an e-mail "More accurately, GoDaddy's concerns were about how the RateMyCop site was far exceeding the amount of server usage for which it had contracted."

    I asked for clarification, and Driscoll agreed with Sesto that RateMyCop.com hadn't exceeded its monthly bandwidth allotment. But the spike in popularity that followed the police backlash resulted in far more simultaneous connections than GoDaddy can handle under the low-budget shared hosting plan Sesto signed up for.

    There's no hard contractual limit on the number of connections a customer can receive at once, but Driscoll says GoDaddy pulled the plug under a broad provision of its terms-of-service that lets it "remove your website temporarily or permanently from its virtual dedicated servers if GoDaddy is the recipient of activities that threaten the stability of its network."

    "Basically, he was paying for compact car, when he really needed a semi-truck," Driscoll writes. "The customer was not willing to work with our staff to resolve the issue."

    Sesto refutes that last part, and says GoDaddy didn't contact him before cutting off the site.

    See Also:
    GoDaddy, Meet NoDaddy
    MySpace Allegedly Kills Computer Security Website
    GoDaddy Defends SecLists Takedown

    http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/200...y-silence.html
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]


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    That's fine, then we as officer's can do our own and return the favor. We can do ratemystop.com and use it to post names and rate how they stopped the vehicle (e.g. pulled over correctly, stopped in the middle of the street, etc), we can rate the vehicle they were driving, we can rate how they spoke to us, how prepared they were (e.g. having DL in hand, knowing where their registration paperwork is and where their insurance information is), rate their excuse for whatever it is they were doing wrong...

    muahahahah
    Last edited by kopacko; 03-18-2008, 04:55 PM.
    "Through all the chaos that is our history books, through all of the wrongs...and the discord, through all of the pain and suffering, through all of our times... there is one thing that has nourished our souls and elevated our species above its origin. And that is our courage. May we see all events through with the dignity and perseverance worthy of such a challenge."

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    • #3
      When Sesto got a supervisor on the phone, the company changed its story and claimed the site had surpassed its 3 terabyte bandwidth limit, a claim that Sesto says is nonsense. "How can it be overloaded when it only had 80,00 page views today, and 400,000 yesterday?"
      I saw this article on digg.com the day it came out. I thought "no way..." and checked the site, sure enough, it was back up before the article hit the front page of digg. That's where it got the 400,000 hits from. Behold... the digg effect.
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      • #4
        I don't see where it puts officers in danger. Who works for a PD is not a secret. Narcs aren't going to use their own names when undercover, so there is no danger there.

        By saying it puts officers in danger, it just makes the people saying that look like a bunch of hand-wringing drama queens.
        Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

        I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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        • #5
          Its not up on my computer. just a screen but you cant click on anything..shucks I was gonna look myself up. hope nobody said I was rude, that'd just break my heart.
          Originally posted by FJDave
          GM, you have just set the bar that much higher for the rest of us in our witty, sarcastic responses. I yield to you! Good job, kind Sir!

          District B13
          "We are not cops nor Feds." yet he still poses as an officer Hmmmm


          Grant us grace, fearlessly, to contend against evil and to make no peace with oppression.--WWII memorial

          "I have loved justice and hated iniquity, therefore I die in exile."

          Pope Gregory V II

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          • #6
            I looked GM (about 2 weeks ago) - you're not in there...but my favorite Canadian Sgt is. Neither are any of the officers on my 600 sworn department. Yet.

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            • #7
              Heavy Traffic

              If the heavy traffic is what's threatening a server crash, we should all get on the site at the same time several times during the day (during peak) and crash the server.
              I am a Native American of non-Indian decent.

              Cleaning the pool, one gene at a time.

              I'm on a 30 day diet. So far I've lost 15 days!

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              • #8
                Do I smell a conspiracy?

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                • #9
                  Wassup IMachU...thought that name was familiar! Mach1Registry?
                  Last edited by kopacko; 03-18-2008, 04:57 PM.
                  "Through all the chaos that is our history books, through all of the wrongs...and the discord, through all of the pain and suffering, through all of our times... there is one thing that has nourished our souls and elevated our species above its origin. And that is our courage. May we see all events through with the dignity and perseverance worthy of such a challenge."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SemiMBA
                    Again -- it is back up and running within a day.
                    I've been trying the Rate My Cop web address for several days including just now. All I get is the Loving Family Dollhouses website, which claims to offer furniture and accessories for your little girl's favorite toy.

                    Am I missing something here?
                    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                    • #11
                      HAHAHA, I got the Loving Family Dollhouses too. haha...I sure hope this is the result of someone playing a prank and causing it to go to this page. That's great.

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                      • #12
                        Umm...it is working for me. Just can't click on anything.
                        Last edited by kopacko; 03-18-2008, 04:57 PM.
                        "Through all the chaos that is our history books, through all of the wrongs...and the discord, through all of the pain and suffering, through all of our times... there is one thing that has nourished our souls and elevated our species above its origin. And that is our courage. May we see all events through with the dignity and perseverance worthy of such a challenge."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kopacko View Post
                          Wassup IMachU...thought that name was familiar! Mach1Registry?
                          Yup! You found me! And on the FJCruiser Forums, too. I'm everywhere!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by kopacko View Post
                            That's fine, then we as officer's can do our own and return the favor. We can do ratemystop.com and use it to post names and rate how they stopped the vehicle (e.g. pulled over correctly, stopped in the middle of the street, etc), we can rate the vehicle they were driving, we can rate how they spoke to us, how prepared they were (e.g. having DL in hand, knowing where their registration paperwork is and where their insurance information is), rate their excuse for whatever it is they were doing wrong...

                            muahahahah
                            I freaking love this idea! Not sure of the legalities of it, but it would be humorous, particulary if you could get video/audio of the stop posted fro all to see.
                            "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who have died. Rather, we should thank God such men lived." ~ General George Patton

                            "It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope." ~ Robert Kennedy

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ateamer View Post
                              I don't see where it puts officers in danger. Who works for a PD is not a secret. Narcs aren't going to use their own names when undercover, so there is no danger there.

                              By saying it puts officers in danger, it just makes the people saying that look like a bunch of hand-wringing drama queens.
                              As long as they don't post personal address/phone information or pictures...
                              "Well I'd lock him up for what we know he did, and then throw in a few extra years for what he probably did." ~Hank Hill

                              "Why do you need to carry a gun? There aren't any bad people in this town..."

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