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While the developer deserves his/her fair share of criticism for the site being inaccessible, I think that this also reflects poorly on Google App Engine.

The quotas should be used to capture revenue from those who regularly exceed a defined level of resources. They should not be used to punish or extort from those who find themselves suddenly very popular, but will (in all likelihood) settle into a normal traffic pattern somewhere on the order of one percent of the spike.

I recognize that many, if not most, other hosting and *aaS providers operate the same way. Still, the second thing I muttered to myself upon encountering the traceback was "Don't host on GAE".

I'll also note that a significant percentage of the upvotes given to this HN listing occurred without having seen the site!

pair.com, shared hosting, throws away your highest stat day per month.

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