The WELL folks finally got around to charging for excess bandwidth. As of April 1st they want $0.05/MB for all traffic over 1GB/day. My pages were running at about 1.5GB/day, so the excess charges would have been $750/month.
Furthermore, there is some confusion at the WELL over whether the free allowance is 1GB/day or 1GB/month. The official announcement said the former, but then a somewhat confused staffer said she thought it was the latter. Whatever. At 1GB/month I'd be over the free allowance at about noon on the first of the month, and my excess charges would be over $2000.
Either way, I can do better elsewhere, and I'll look into it. For instance at Best.com I can co-locate my own server at their site and get all the bandwidth I want for only $500/month. However, the main reason this page was here in the first place was the utter foolishness of the WELL folks, putting up a web server without the slightest thought about either throttling or charging extra for high-traffic pages. Finally after over a year they have gotten a clue. Good for them. But not so good for us - the Nude of the Month page no longer has a high-bandwidth nearly-free home.
So like I said, I'm looking into alternatives, and it's possible this page will come back in some form on another site. But for now we're off the air. It's been fun. See ya around.
Jef Poskanzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>