ALSC disappears. No-one cares. VeriSign a suspect.
Date: Wednesday February 27 2002, @12:30PM
Topic: Membership Issues

fnord writes "Have a look here, or type or copy and paste this in your URL line: http://www.atlargestudy.org/.

It appears to now be a registrars.com (that is, VeriSign) site. All the WHOIS contacts are for registrars.com. Here's what WHOIS says about reg dates:

Registration Date: 24-Feb-2001 00:12:56
Expiration Date: 24-Feb-2003 00:12:56

Intriguing possibilities here. Is this to raise funds for the ALSO? Is the ALSC's work considered sufficiently complete, or made completely irrelevant by Lynn's roadmap, so the name was given up, or sold? Or did those technical mavens accidentally forget to renew? Or is it that the transfer of power to ICANN insiders is complete and VeriSign, perhaps by arbitrarily enacting its WLS proposal, is now duplicating what it did with its domain policy list. Or is it a hack? If so, it is a clever one."

As the forum archives are now also not reachable, one hopes they backed them up, as well as other material, even if they're rapidly becoming the equivalent of small historical footnotes, of interest to only a few academics and netkooks. Luckily the archive.org wayback machine does do backups, at least some items are available here. And archive.org does have some archived forum posts here, though not all of them. As archive.org is owned by Amazon.com perhaps they'll charge a service fee to future historians, so grab 'em now if you want 'em.

This change of the domain, not just the site but presumably the email as well, no matter the cause, is a massive Ooops, particularily just as M. Stuart Lynn is prejudging its work a failure, call it an ICANNy coincidence. -g

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Re: ALSC disappears. No-one cares. VeriSign a susp
by joannalane on Wednesday February 27 2002, @03:25PM (#5111)
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It's part of Kent Crispin new job to care.
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Re: ALSC disappears. No-one cares. VeriSign a susp
by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday March 02 2002, @03:34AM (#5118)
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The site did return eventually, but the forum archives either aren't updating or everyone has given up. -g
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Re: ALSC disappears. No-one cares. VeriSign a susp
by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday February 27 2002, @05:00PM (#5113)
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Ya, I know that. Most of my comments were somewhat sardonic. One doesn't normally lose access to one's content through the temporary or permanent loss of a domain name. It wouldn't surprise me to find that at least half the BoD doesn't understand that though. -g
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