[volunteers] (forw) Tracking ID [15886078] (renewal of domains)

Scott DuBois rhcom.linux at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 09:26:24 PST 2015

On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 12:26:03AM -0800, Rick Moen wrote:
> Quoting Scott DuBois (rhcom.linux at gmail.com):
> > Oh, that _was_ real? I thought it was some kind of prank.
> Really?  FFS, Scott, no, it was very real.  What was even more real was
> the actual expiration, which nobody around here bothered to catch
> because NOBODY WAS BOTHERING.  Thus my point.
> I just pointed out that y'all screwed up.  Epic fail.  Did you MISS
> THAT, Scott?

Sorry d00d, never saw that email come through otherwise I would have said
something. Do you remember when I said that your domain said it was expired and
you checked to see if I was crazy? The same thing happened then. That time you
cought it though and life went on as usual.

> > You would know better than anyone whether it's 'worth' keeping or not. If you
> > think it's life is over, let it go.
> I somehow think I've not succeeded in communicating.
> The domain is in 'Redemption Period' status.  If you don't know what
> that means, please don't guess.  If you wish to understand the term, you
> can look it up.  This is real.  This is not a game.
> https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp-status-codes-2014-06-16-en

I 'know' it's not a game. Well, sometimes it is _actually_. 

A number of years back I had a friend who was a _HUGE_ A's fan. He was also a
_HUGE_ asshole (besides the point for now). He and his Dad got involved in what
they thought would be lucrative 'Domain Flipping'. You _know_ what that is? Pick
up what someone might _think_ would be a popular domain and then try to sell it
back at some rediculous amount. Ever see someone try to sell a domain for
$2,000? They bought www.mondaynightbaseball.com. Maybe they made a buck, maybe
they didn't, I don't give a shit really. 

The point is, domain flipping has been going on for a while. Most likely
starting in the old 'dot.com' boom. I learned about it back in the late 90's. In
fact, roguehorse.com wasn't available when I got involved in web, that's how I
got roguehorse.net. The _original_ site was owned by some horse tackle company
and about a year later the domain became available so I snagged it. So now I
have these two domains that I lug around and now even picked up a third; BFD. I
realized a while back that the potential for me to lose a domain exists; just as
the tackle company lost roguehorse.com. Hence, now you have a better
understanding of _why_ I picked up the @linux.com vanity email address. The
Linux Foundation sold it to me and I can tack _any_ address to it. I can even
switch out the associated address every month if I want, people will still be
able to reach me at sdubois at linux.com. I've had people try and steal
roguehorse.com from me for a while so I've thought about this _long and hard_
for some time.

Not long ago I had some fool 'claiming' he was some company shit in China asking
if it was 'ok' to pick up eblug.com. In his email he made it sound like it was
'so important' that I contact him immediately; fuck that idiot. I could give a
shit less if he bought every TLD under the sun as long as he stays away from
eblug.org. Hurricane owns the domain and they sustain it. I'm not going to sweat
some fool who wants to mimic eblug for whatever twisted reason on some other
TLD; It's not worth my time. There are too many variations and one would be
_forever_ chasing bullshit eblug.what_the_fuck_ever all over the internet. The
email came across as some _idiot_ trying to pull a 'brain game' on me as if it's
important to chase other TLD's associated with eblug; that's a time waster and
frustration I don't need, want, or give a shit about.

The end result, whatever domains that have been acquired that are associated to
svlug need to be rounded up and placed in a file or some kind of calendaring
program or whatever then set with _reminders_ that do _NOT_ rely on mail
systems. When registering domains (at least in my experience) the option is set
to have notices set to a specific domain. I _always_ use one that I _know_ is
going to work. I have probably 12 to 15 email addresses that I use for various
things. Some actually get used and some are simply dormant backups similar to
the 'domain flipping' scenario I described above. GMail accounts are hard to get
good ones so when I can, I'll nab one and just keep it around.

If having a 'backup' TLD is a concern, consider either saving this one before it
disappears into the public cesspool of 'domain sharks' or pick up a different
one like svlug.usa (I actually dig this extension). Just like IPv4 is dying,
TLD's are expanding to keep up with the demand. Here, try this, svlug.xxx
that'll get attention. LOL!

I'm sorry this happened and the domain expiration has gotten as far as it has,
that sucks. I've gotten those notices and at first they freaked me out. Then, I
realized that I can build a site on _ANY_ domain because _I_ can fucking do
that. This whole thing serves as a reminder to keep very close tabs on any
domain that is important to you and make arrangements to have an address where
any information notices can be delivered _regardless_ of hardware failure.

> Often, Scott, your responses to me strongly suggest to me that you
> completely misunderstood the substance of what I said.  This seems like
> one of those times.

Might be, however, when you stated that you are _not_ inclined to chase down the
said domain to save it from the sharks, I deemed the impression it was of little
importance to svlug based on your experince and professional opinion.

EFF ID: 1731778

"The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has limits."
-- Einstein
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