I have a abusive user on one of my servers , his forum has put the loads on the server in question to 4.00+ , I have pinpointed it to his account.
I guess I am really looking for advice cause I am sure he will ask for a refund , never really had to deal with this and wouldn't this be some type of server abuse , should I just give him a refund and cut my losses , cause in the long run if I keep him I will lose customers and I can't justify what he pays for the price per month. He really needs to be on a dedicated server , his forum had 63 members and 43 guest on at one time
Yeah I just sent him a email explaining the situation and I don't see any real damage other than the load spiking 4.00 -7,00 , should I wait back for his response I have the account suspended currently and the loads now are well below 0.50 now and my nerves are much better.
Do you have anything in your TOS that limits the amount of reimbursement a client can expect if they put a heavy load on the server?
Do you have any caveat that warns that if a client runs any programs that put an excessive load on the server their account may be suspended, terminated, or at least not renewed?
Do you have the ability to resell dedicated servers?
It would be ideal if you could approach the client with both a notice that he is putting too high a load on the server and a solution/suggestion: something like "Your account could be upgraded to x plan" or "I can set you up on a dedicated server for y".
EDIT: ...and in the time I took to type this out, you seem to have found a solution. Some days, this place moves too fast.
try installing php accelerator ( http://www.php-accelerator.co.uk/ ). if that fails to bring the load down enough for it to be tolerable, you will have to terminate him.
remember, he can always do a chargeback, and as far as i know, your chances of winning are rather small. giving a pro-rated refund for the time he will not use your services minus your transcation costs would most likely be the best solution.