Probably everyone who attempted to visit the Climate Plus site on Wednesday and Thursday 14-15 June found a notice saying the domain name had expired, if they found anything at all.
In simple terms the domain name of the site was due to expire on 11 June. We thought it was on automatic renewal, but that turned out not to be so. Turns out there was more to it than that. The interwebs is a place where it seems the normal ethical rules don’t apply.
If you go to our About page you will find:
- Thanks to tigtog at VIVidWeb for customising and setting up this site, which is powered by WordPress and hosted by DreamHost.
If you click on the link, you will find that Viv, who is our webmaster “reads, cooks, blogs and sings when she’s not building websites.”
Clicking further, you’ll find she is:
- Webwrangler, singer, writer, blogger, and comedy tragic.
Juggling my family, three cats, a garden, a baby grand piano, just enough wine-racks and far too few bookshelves.
In addition to that she has a full-time job, and when she was going to attend to our little problem during her lunch hour she was evacuated from the building for no reason that was problematic. My experience when I worked in the big smoke was that when they tell you to go, you go, or you may be carried out.
The arrangement is that Viv’s company arranges our domain name renewal from a domain name provider. It used to be an outfit called Aussie HQ, but they sold their clients to TPP. However, as the registrant my email is there and I was being contacted by donotreply at namesercices.com referring me to enom, who had me as a customer under the Aussie HQ rubric.
This might be a computer stuff-up, but it also looks like an attempt to poach back the customers you’ve just sold.
I contemplated mortality as a site. I’m not finished yet and I would prefer a more orderly and graceful exit. However, for two days we’ve been effectively dead. My plan is to do a post on the Trump-Korea thing tonight, then spend time on Saturday emailing people who have commented and anyone else that may be interested, telling them that reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.
The blog would have existed all the time at our host Dreamhost, on a computer somewhere in the USA.
Meanwhile I did check the National Library Pandora archive, and confirmed that Climate Plus is there, albeit they seem to archive once a year, in August.