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Skype Journal death watch

As hard as it is to believe, it seems possible that the Skype Journal may be gone.  This morning Jan Geirnaert, in Malaysia, noted that the Skype Journal domain registration has expired.  Network Solutions has taken it offline, and on January 24th will place it up for public bid. Jean Mercier expresses the hope that they will resurface, as does Andy Abramson when he writes:

Blogs that are more than one person shows have to be businesses. They have to function that way, not as a collection of individuals who share common ideas for when some cracks develop it all evaporates unless there is some form of structure. Jim Courtney is enough of a pro to help Phil through this and even with Stuart off doing his own thing enough of the minds behind, and supporters are all there to help.

Amen. 

If the current owner of the SkypeJournal domain doesn’t renew by January 24th, it will go up for public auction.  I’d like to see SkypeJournal continue, so I’ve put in a $100 bid on the Network Solutions auction for the Skype Journal name.  I’ll donate that name to whomever wishes to continue the Journal, first and foremost any of the current Journal team.  If you’d like to contribute also, let me know.  The biggest tragedy of all would be to see this well loved publication become the property of domain squatters.

{ 4 comments… add one }

  • Jim Courtney December 27, 2006, 8:53 am

    The renewal has occurred; the link has been restored. Posting to begin shortly once a technical issue is resolved.

    Thanks, Alec, for acting on this. Much appreciated.

  • Alec December 27, 2006, 10:12 am

    VERY good news Jim.

  • raj December 29, 2006, 8:56 pm

    Good work, Alec. I was considering doing the same a couple of days ago, but I’m glad you did. Even gladder that Jim reports his good news.

  • Stuart Henshall January 2, 2007, 5:46 pm

    Alec,
    It is with some humor that I'm reading this post. Let's talk soon.
    Cheers
    Stuart

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