hpHosts has been and continues to be, an excellent project that I love being a part of, and although I'm glad that others find it useful, there's a certain segment that I would like to address. Given I don't know who these particular people are, I evidently can't contact them any other way, so figured a blog post would be best.
Those I am referring to, are those "reviewing" and commenting on sites over at the likes of SiteAdvisor, Web of Trust, Norton SafeWeb etc, with things such as;
I really do appreciate that others respect the hpHosts project, and are referencing it, but I must please ask you stop. Why? Because I'm human, and everyone makes mistakes. Not every site in hpHosts will deserve to be there (alot were added prior to my taking over the project, and some of those are either F/P's, or no longer fit the inclusion policy), and I remove those I am notified of, or come across during verification proc's. Case in point, nepalnews.com, which was removed from the database today - it is a legit website and thus, was an F/P, but yet a couple people commented on it's Web of Trust scorecard solely because of it's listing in hpHosts - they didn't check the site themselves to see whether or not the site was indeed malicious.
I also don't mind you reference hpHosts, or a sites listing in such, but I must ask you refrain from doing so based solely on it's being in hpHosts. Check the site yourself, there's a number of methods of doing such if you don't have a test machine to do it, for example;
Again, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support, it is very much appreciated. But checking the sites yourself will benefit everyone, and if done properly, will benefit yourself the most as it will give you the tools necessary, to analyze a website and identify malicious content, which are tools that everyone should have.