Pay for it shouldn't be an issue. It's like $10 a year to register the
domain, right? So, don't make a big deal out of OSU paying for it. The
fee is negligible.
The key concern is how committed to OSU is Ryan Ordway, and what's the
climate there like. I see this as transferring to the people who are
currently technical contacts at OSU, not to a faceless organization. If
they already hold several other URLs, and have a policy and timeframe for
tracking and renewing these then that's a plus.
Also, I asked before, and I'm going to ask again, will the domain stop
working (so stop pointing at nameservers) during the redemption period? If
so, then a worst case scenario is not too bad, because there will be some
warning and a late fee assuming the registered owner can be contacted,
rather than just loosing the domain if the bill isn't paid.
On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I definitely see what you're saying, but think there are pro's and con's
> both ways.
> OSU is already responsible for the bulk of our infrastructure too, adding
> the DNS would be minor.
> But there are definitely pro's (as well as con's) to individual and/or
> non-institutional ownership/responsibility/**management, compared to
> In the end, as with much Code4Lib, as with much volunteer projects -- what
> it comes down to is who's offering to volunteer to do it. OSU is offering
> to volunteer to do it (and pay for it, apparently?), and we obviously find
> OSU to be generally responsible, since they host the rest of our
> Someone offering to do it right now, someone we find generally responsible
> -- always beats the hypothetical other solution that has nobody actually
> volunteering to do it.
> So, Wilhelmina, are you volunteering to run the DNS instead? :) (and pay
> for it, or fundraise to pay for it) If you are, then we might have two
> options. Otherwise, we've got one, and no reason to reject it unless we
> thought OSU was not trustworthy with the responsibility or something (which
> if we did, would be a big problem, since they already responsible for a lot
> more than that).
> On 12/18/2012 4:34 PM, Wilhelmina Randtke wrote:
>> I'm for individual ownership and management over organizational.
>> Organizations tend to not have written documentation, and to rely on
>> institutional memory. I see two things going wrong: Contact at OSU
>> OSU and no one thinks to renew domain, or OSU doesn't have a dedicated
>> contact and at some point they don't renew because they don't see the
>> Also important: OSU is on state funding cycles, so may have some rule
>> against renewing for more than a year at a time. So, the deadline to
>> will come more frequently than it would with unrestricted funds and the
>> ability to renew for 5 or 10 years at a time.
>> When the domain expires, it will go into a redemption period of about a
>> month. I remember what the whois record looks like for domains in the
>> redemption period, and whois does give the contact information. Does the
>> URL stop working during this period? If so, then that's great because if
>> there is a problem with a renewal then many people will notice the URL not
>> working, and be able to check the status of the domain and get on it.
>> -Wilhelmina Randtke
>> On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 2:32 PM, Ed Summers <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> HI all,
>>> I've owned the code4lib.org since 2005 and have been thinking it might
>>> be wise for to transfer ownership of it to someone else. Sometimes I
>>> forget to pay bills, and miss emails, and it seems like the domain
>>> means something to a larger group of people.
>>> With Ryan Ordway's help Oregon State University indicated they would
>>> be willing to take over administration of the domain. They also have
>>> been responsible for running the Drupal instance at code4lib.org and
>>> the Mediawiki instance at wiki.code4lib.org -- so it seems like a
>>> logical move.
>>> But I thought I would bring it up here first in the interests of
>>> transparency, community building and whatnot, to see if there were any
>>> objections or ideas.