Author: M.Prince (1 May 06 6:30pm)
The most common reasaon for getting the "cannot contact the server" error is that out-bound connections HTTP are blocked from your machine. This is typical of free web hosts and we haven't found any good ways around it other than contacting the web host and begging them to open an outbound port.
The best test to see if out-bound connections are blocked on your server is to try running something that makes an out-bound HTTP connection like the Lynx command line web browser. If that fails then you might want to talk to whoever is providing your hosting and see if they can open out a route out.
Out-bound connections are necessary because your script has to contact the Project Honey Pot mothership in order to get a unique address to hand out to the spam harvesting spiders that visit it. Unfortunately, there's no real way to implement the scripts on your site without out-bound connections. We're working on a quick-n-easy installation process that will allow you to piggyback off other people's scripts, but that's probably still some time off before we have it online. When we do, we'll make an announcement on the site.