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Let’s help these providers out…

Date/Time: October 5, 2017 @ 10:33 am, by Matt Zelasko

Hello LowEndBox community. I hope all is well! I’ve been working on some ways to increase the quality of offers we’re posting and while I’ve been picky when selecting offers, I still want to post frequently enough so we get something for everyone. This can be difficult.

Let’s face it: you all want something just a little bit different. Specs that one person might want might be totally overkill for another. For the next person they might not be good enough. Everyone has a different need.

I made an attempt to get some suggestions when I first came to LowEndBox – and I’m afraid I went about it the wrong way. I asked what you wanted and got a lot of great feedback. I took that information and tried to manually find the right offers. This proved to be time consuming and difficult to manage. Above all else, I think it was largely ineffective.

But I live and I learn. And I want to try something just a little bit different.

This time around, I’d like to get some feedback from you guys, and then make sure that every single provider that decides to submit an offer takes a look at what’s important to you prior to submitting an offer.

We have some pretty obvious Official Rules for submitting an offer to LowEndBox. I want us to create the “unofficial rules” of LowEndBox which will serve as a list of “do’s and dont’s” for providers to consider when they submit an offer. Hopefully, this will assist them in submitting offers that will garner a good amount of interest when posted.

What do you think would be some good “unofficial rules” for LowEndBox?

 

27 Comments

  1. Revertron:

    The only thing I am looking for for a long time – good configurations of cheap VPSes for Nextcloud.
    Like 100+GB HDD, 2 cores, 1GB RAM with some swap, and somewhere in Europe.

    October 5, 2017 @ 11:01 am | Reply
    • Matt Zelasko:

      I’ll keep an eye out for something like this for you.

      October 5, 2017 @ 11:22 am | Reply
    • Pedro:

      That is pretty much my need as well but for Seafile.
      The best I have found so far is http://www.xenpower.com (by http://www.prometeus.net) – I have a XP2G and is great.
      Unfortunately good configurations with large storage are hard to find…

      October 5, 2017 @ 3:37 pm | Reply
  2. 1. Tell us whether you offer IPv6. Include test addresses for both v4 and v6.

    2. Be transparent about what data center and providers you’re using. We’re going to figure it out eventually anyway, so you’re just wasting our time if you don’t include this information.

    October 5, 2017 @ 11:15 am | Reply
    • Matt Zelasko:

      This is great feedback, thank you. I even think that whether or not they offer IPv6 could be an official rule.

      I do cringe sometimes when providers don’t list the full DC name and location, but frequently don’t have time to go back and request it – but I can see why it’s important to you guys. I’ll make sure to do a better job of making sure we get that info posted every time.

      Thanks again!

      October 5, 2017 @ 11:19 am | Reply
      • Flareon:

        The ACTUAL upstream, not bullshit like “Equinix” for datacentre name

        October 5, 2017 @ 5:34 pm | Reply
        • So what happens when they are using the datacenter or provider blend that is managed by the datacenter or provider? Do you want them to list every single upstream in the blend and get really specific about what traffic goes where when it’s destined for X ASN in X country?

          October 9, 2017 @ 4:42 pm | Reply
          • Flareon:

            I mean this as upstream hosting company, not in transit/peering way, sorry for ambiguity.

            I mean if someone is using colocrossing san jose, put that, not bullshit like “datacenter: market post tower” or “datacenter: equinix san jose”

            October 11, 2017 @ 4:07 pm
      • Flareon:

        Additionally, test IPs must be an actual machine; not a router, not a traceroute hop, not a switch, not a provider’s upstream’s test IP (OVH, Quadranet I see these a lot) – they MUST be the actual provider being submitted’s nodes

        Test files are required, not only an IP.

        October 5, 2017 @ 5:35 pm | Reply
        • Matt Zelasko:

          Thanks for the rules. These are good.

          October 6, 2017 @ 10:21 am | Reply
    • I’ll second this. If they offer ipv6 and specifics on datacenters/location should be required on all posts. Not just omitting ipv6 information if they don’t offer it. Specifically state that they don’t support ipv6 would be very helpful to me.

      October 5, 2017 @ 12:06 pm | Reply
      • Matt Zelasko:

        Looks like we have an official unofficial rule here.

        October 6, 2017 @ 10:21 am | Reply
    • foobar:

      Specifically, not just IPv6 prefix size, but whether the prefix can be routed to the VPS (as opposed to to the (virtual) LAN segment that it is attached to) and whether IPv6 reverse delegation is possible.

      October 12, 2017 @ 5:23 pm | Reply
  3. Nductiv:

    Let us know what CPU model is in the LEB on offer. I realize that a lot of the really cheap offers are on older Xeons. That’s OK, as long as the offer lets us know. For some folks CPU power is not a big issue.

    October 5, 2017 @ 11:37 am | Reply
    • Matt Zelasko:

      I feel like we almost always have this info in network info. Am I wrong?

      October 5, 2017 @ 11:54 am | Reply
      • Nductiv:

        Was thinking more of LET offers. Yes, you’re right for LEB.

        October 5, 2017 @ 12:09 pm | Reply
        • Matt Zelasko:

          Still a good rule to enforce – especially on LET because there’s no way the mods there have the time to check out each and every post.

          October 5, 2017 @ 12:12 pm | Reply
  4. Val:

    Tell us the configuration of the host machine, as well as an approximation of the number of VPSs per machine.

    October 5, 2017 @ 11:53 am | Reply
    • Matt Zelasko:

      Good suggestion. Definitely valuable info to have. Thanks!

      October 5, 2017 @ 11:55 am | Reply
  5. Nice suggestions. I agree with you.

    October 5, 2017 @ 11:05 pm | Reply
  6. 1. Do they had their own ASN/IP Address or using their DC IP ?
    2. I prefer their hosted the looking glass script them self, so we can check the true latency to VPS they offer

    October 6, 2017 @ 9:04 am | Reply
    • Matt Zelasko:

      This is good. Thanks!

      October 6, 2017 @ 10:22 am | Reply
  7. Fumon:

    For hosters:

    Perhaps a two sentence summary of your AUP?

    For LEB:

    Let us exclude regions from display rather than squirrel our way through several different region lists to find a box not in the US.

    October 12, 2017 @ 10:01 am | Reply
  8. Richard C:

    For dedicated servers, it would be good for them to list if it has dedicated IPMI/KVM or if it someone eventually wheeling a cart over. Very important for unmanaged dedicated.

    I second the AUP summary idea.

    October 13, 2017 @ 6:14 pm | Reply
  9. nicezipcom:

    I need suitable for Chinese visitors vps

    October 14, 2017 @ 8:48 pm | Reply
  10. ppopcn:

    hi
    i need canada vps , but ovh

    October 16, 2017 @ 8:56 am | Reply
  11. botch:

    Delivery time should be indicated. Especially if it’s going to take more than 3 days like we’re experiencing with NodeBlade. Very frustrating.

    October 16, 2017 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

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