A few weeks ago I talked about a few domains that I was going to let lapse unless anyone wanted to do anything with them.
No-one showed any interest so the domains will go away over the next few months.
But in order to hang on to the content, I spend a couple of hours last night moving some stuff around.
The stuff from perlvogue.com is now at perlhacks.com/perlvogue and the old proudtouseperl.com content is now at proud.perlhacks.com. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll find some people to resurrect Proud to Use Perl at some point in the future.
I’ve also set up redirections from the old addresses to the new ones – so hopefully Google will work out what has happened before the domains vanish off the web.
The perlfive.com and perlfive.org domains weren’t being used for anything, so I’m just going to let them die quietly.
I’ve never let so many domains expire before. I feel I’m growing as a person.
Summer is YAPC time. And YAPC means getting inspired on Perl-related projects. And that, obviously, means buying domain names for those projects. And that, inevitably, leads to lots of email from domain registries at about this time of year which roughly translate to “are you ever going to do anything useful with that domain you bought a couple of years ago, or should you just face facts and let it go?”
This year’s batch brings memories of projects from the last three years.
In Copenhagen in 2008 I gave a talk called Proud to Use Perl. To back it up I started a blog where I planned to share things that made me proud to use Perl. It didn’t last long. Even when I brought a team to help me, no-one had the time and nothing has been written there for two years. An advocacy site like that does more harm than good unless it it kept updated. So unless someone wants to take over the site (and keep it up to date) I’m going to let the domain lapse.
Lisbon in 2009 seemed to be largely about getting the Perl marketing project up and running. It was the scene of the famous Perl Marketing BOF. One of the ideas that came out of it was that Perl needed better web sites. I registered perlfive.com and perlfive.org in order to… well… I’m not really sure what they were for. Currently they both just redirect to perl.org. Do you have a better use for them?
And then last year in Pisa we had Perl Vogue. I was learning by that point and only registered the domain for a year. I’d really love for the Perl Vogue idea to really take off, but I’m not going to be the one to do it. If you want to try, then let me know.
Most of these domains expire some time in July. If you have ideas of what we can do with them then please get in touch. But, be aware that any suggestions that start “couldn’t you just…” are likely to be ignored. I’m looking for suggestions that start “I’d like too…”.
I’m at YAPC::EU in Pisa, so I’m too busy having fun to write a long blog post about my new project – Perl Vogue. But I thought you might be interested in the lightning talk that I used to announce it yesterday.
More detail when I get back from Italy in ten days.