[conspire] Help starve a domain squatter, today
rick at linuxmafia.com
Thu Jun 28 09:47:37 PDT 2007
Quoting Nick Moffitt (nick at zork.net):
> Sadly, if you run this script on the list of domains you provided here
> *without* directing output to e-mail, you get a lot of entries like the
> following (pardon the long lines):
As I mentioned to Nick in private mail, I deployed this script/cronjob
in a hurry, after yet another good non-profit lost its domain to
accidental expiration and had to ransom it back from a domain squatter
-- because I felt bad on the non-profit's behalf, and wanted to do
something constructive. I tested the script with two domains on the
command line, and it looked good -- and then immediately threw tgether
my list of 114 domains to monitor, let it generate an e-mail report, and
again everything looked right.
The problem is: unfortunate failure mode, when run with e-mail output.
Specifically, if the script returns "Unknown" on a domain, in stdout
mode it says "Unknown", and in e-mail mode it says _nothing_ -- which
is a bit misleading, because nothing is also what it says for
For the record, here are the _41_ domains of my 114 on which it returns
Obviously, the script's biggest problem at the moment is inability to
parse .org domains' WHOIS data. I'm going to remove those (and the
other three) from the list, for now, until the script gets improved.
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