I'll post this again, now with an updated registrars section:
Potential hosts I know of for a webring site, does anyone have others to suggest? I am not an expert and mainly went by hosts I saw others using or recommending as free-speech hosts, this is not exhaustive and I haven't looked into all of them that deeply.
1. Buyvm.net, which used to host Fatchan and still hosts Julay and smug. Obvously the fact they took down Fatchan is not promising, but supposedly that is at least in part because they were using anycast IPs that relied on Voxility:
Also the log mentions Fatchan's (almost entirely inactive) /pol/ board so a different set of boards might not run into that problem.
2. www.trabia.com, the host in Moldova used by Exhentai. No idea what their stance on "hate speech" is but for a /v/-only site they might be good, hopefully a loli-allowing host in Moldova isn't going to flip out because someone in a videogame thread said "nigger". Has their own DDOS-protection service included, though it looks like if you actually come under attack and need to announce prefixes they charge you 100€ per month, more than you'll be paying for the hosting itself.
3. Steadfast.net hosts Sankaku Complex, including their booru that has a loli tag and makes no attempt to hide it. In trying to look up their policies I saw this 2014 Slashdot comment:
>SomethingAwful is over at Steadfast.net, who has a rather first-amendment heavy interpretation of most laws. I know first-hand how their abuse desk works, and they'll allow practically anything that's not explicitly illegal.
While obvously allowing SA is not the most glowing recommendation it might indicate they don't respond to frivolous complaints, since SA used to piss plenty of people off back in the day. The better evidence is probably the Sankaku Complex booru though.
3. nearlyfreespeech.net Included because they're a U.S. host named after free speech that supposedly take it seriously, but it looks like their pay-as-you-go pricing scheme might be too expensive for an imageboard.
4. zensurfrei.com I don't know anyone that used them but their entire website is about how much they care about free-speech and how they don't believe in hate-speech. Might be more oriented towards /pol/ but they probably allow loli too. Their site is pretty ambiguous about exactly what sort of resources they give you for any particular price, you have to talk to them. I read a comment that you pay them by mailing an envelope of cash so it might take time to set up.
5. Flokinet talks about free speech on their website but here is someone talking about how they banned his site for offensive content:
6. 1984hosting.com Based in Iceland, not sure what their loli laws are like. Named after the novel and in the same Slashdot thread someone said "they have defended their customers freedom of speech all the way up to the highest court in Iceland numerous times", don't know how true that is nowadays.
7. Colocation. I don't know much about this but colocation services might be more permissive. I noticed Trabia offered it but there are countless others.
8. Having a server in your house and paying for some sort of business account from you ISP that gives sufficient upload and doesn't forbid servers. Shows your IP if you don't use a service like Vanwatech or Cloudflare. Hard to shut down if you aren't doing anything illegal in your country, because it's your own damn server. If you compare with the plans we're thinking about it's not like the nessesary hardware is really all that expensive, and some or all of it might be in a spare computer you already own. The business account is probably the more expensive part, depending on where you live.
1. Eranet International at Now.top is some Chinese (formerly Hong Kong) registrar that hasn't taken down 8kun.top despite extensive efforts against them, after several other domains were taken down. That seems as resilient as it gets.
2. Smug just switched to Tucows. They banned 8chan but should be more resilient than most to a random angry email. It's looks like Tucows doesn't sell them directly but goes through various resellers, so you would go to a Tucows reseller like EasyDNS, which supposedly is resistant as well.
3. r01.ru is used by dailystormer.su. They used to be at dailystormer.name using Eranet, and that domain is still under Eranet and redirects, so they weren't taken down from there either. Russia bans loli, I don't know if that would affect the decisions of a registrar. Looks like their website is only in Russian, which might be inconvenient. Searching their name finds this wiki complaining about them providing services for fake pharmacies, and they have a list of other offenders that might be of interest:
Obvously just because a registrar allows criminals doesn't mean they allow legal but controversial sites, but it might indicate a registrar that just doesn't care about complaints in general. (For example I saw the aforementioned EasyDNS praised on blackhatforums for "only suspending sites for a court order", but they're a reseller for Tucows which banned 8chan. Though as mentioned they still might be better than most for sites that don't attract 8chan levels of notoriety.)
4. On a similar note here is an article with a list of "bulletproof" registrars used for piracy sites and various illegal activity.
However note most (all) of them are resellers rather than ICANN accredited registrars, so someone could go further up the chain to see if the company they resell from will ban you. But some of those companies they resell from are Chinese or whatever and probably don't care.