Some notes on specific
FWP compliance-enforcement mechanisms:
Some FWPs (Digiweb, Webjump,
et al) have upload-only FTP servers which will prevent you from using your
"webspace" account as a free FTP file account. To them, it's there only
for uploading webpages, NOT for retrieving stored files! Trying to download
a stashed file will result in an error message. Additionally, FWPs may
limit the size of files or downloads. Xoom's FTP server prevents downloads
of files over a certain size. Whenever you encounter FTP servers with these
kinds of restrictions, you can still download the files by HTTP, eg. access
your site via Web browser and nab the files there. Maybe not as fast as
FTP, but still free.
Tripod has admitted publically
that it has a server-side process called SkinFinder that analyzes the amount
of fleshtone in incoming graphics (GIF/JPG) files, flagging images with
a lot of flashtone for investigation by Tripod admins for pornography.
GeoCities has "a non-public
set of search definitions that look for content violations." So, think
before you speak.
Some FWPs explicitly ban
all MP3 files, legal or not. A number of sites ban these and other media
types (RealAudio/RealVideo, AVI's, .wavs, and on one server,
even gif and jpeg images!) due to their typically large size and just-sit-there-like-a-lump-of-lead
Files on Fortunecity are
limited to 1MB in size. Files larger than 1MB are deleted.