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Even Google forgets to renew its domains (shkspr.mobi)
93 points by edent 9 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments

If you're publishing a domain name that is supposed to be an example or test domain, there are some reserved TLDs for that! And you never have to register or maintain them!


domain.example is encouraged for documentation, but you can also use something like example.invalid.

Whenever I review unit tests that have URLs in them, I insist that they use the .invalid TLD. I know that .test is encouraged, but I find that .invalid stands out more when you're browsing a test suite.

The old argument against this was that the average person is really only familiar with .com, .org, and maybe .net, and they wouldn't even recognize something with a less commonly used TLD as a domain name.

But with the rise in popularity of alternate TLDs, I don't think that argument is as persuasive anymore.

I think the issue is that they wanted people to check the DNS records of a real site.

example.com resolves.

    example.com.            8367    IN      A

domain.example doesn't actually resolve though...

So if you want to demonstrate what a working domain looks like you need something else.

example.com, example.net & example.org should fit the bill in that case.

i once noticed that Google failed to renew SSL to its AI website, and SSL expiry warning was thrown.. 1) Noticed bug.. 2) waited 4 hours, to make sure it is an issue 3) reported bug 4) the issue got fixed 5) got an update next day that it was not a issue (though i had screenshots)

laughed and promised myself that i will never submit another bug to Google ;)

> Eventually, Google replaced most references to SpottedFig.org in their documentation. They inexplicably left this one though

Small nitpick: this is spottedfig dot com, a domain which they still control.

I wonder what would happen in terms of traffic level if microsoft ever forgot to renew contoso.com , and somebody registered it and pointed its MX at a mail server they control.

I remember way back, I think 2006 or around that time, Google forgot to register Google.com and someone (I think from microsoft) had registered it, then gave it back.

This is discussed and linked to in the post.

Isn't there a 1 month period where you don't own the domain anymore, but no one except for you can buy it?

Yeah, the "redemption period" is what you're thinking of. As far as I know, only the person who last owned the domain can get it out of that status (usually at a premium cost). After 30 days, anyone can register it.

https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/gtld-lifecycle-2012-02... has a graphic explaining a typical domain lifecycle.

tl;dr: google used a domain in documentation but forgot to renew it. Instead of reclaiming ownership of the domain, they updated their docs.

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