Frequently Asked Questions: Obtaining an Account

Is it Ok to apply for SRCF membership when all I really want is to run my club's website, rather than my own?

This is absolutely fine.

I need hosting for a commercial website — can I use the SRCF?

Our servers are connected to the Internet via the Cambridge University Data Network (CUDN), and as such all users of the SRCF are bound by its rules, which explicitly forbids any use of the CUDN for commercial or for-profit activities. Therefore it is not possible for commercial websites to be hosted on our machines. For more details, please refer to the Authorization for Use of the CUDN Rules and the Rules Made by the Information Services Committee.

Our interpretation of these rules is that including a sponsor's logo on a society website is acceptable, however selling web space or advertising is not.

Furthermore, the SRCF server is maintained by a group of volunteer sysadmins who donate their time freely to ensure that our services can continue to operate smoothly. We do not feel that it is appropriate to ask that the sysadmins give up their time in this way so that others can make money.