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Throughout the month of June, we found ourselves experiencing extremely high bandwidth usage, averaging five times what would otherwise have been normal for the site. This traffic spiked on the 26th when an address, which we have traced to Vietnam, began downloading the Adventure at C Remnant package in a constant loop for three hours straight. By the end of this period, they had managed to consume 1.3 terabytes of bandwidth. Including the other such traffic spikes, we have used 2.4 terabytes of bandwidth this month, 10 times what is normal.
This abuse of the site has come at a significant financial cost. Ever since the site was first launched, it has been a design choice not to limit our users ability to download, not to throttle connections, and generally to let you use the site however you choose to. However, these privileges were granted with an understanding they would not be abused, and that everyone would respect the shared nature of the server. Up until now, a period of nearly three years, everything has gone smoothly, and we have been able to provide what we believe has been a valuable service to the audiogames community.
At this point, we do not have any intention of placing limits on our users. The primary offending user has been banned, and if our traffic returns to normal, we see no reason to take further action. However, this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. Please respect that this site is provided to you free of charge and without limits, and act as if you were the one incurring the cost for its use.