Welcome RI Future Refugees
It’s going on 5 days (or so) since RIFuture.org was “taken over” by one of those ISP vultures. We experienced a similar thing hereabouts a few years back–in fact, the same pleasant young lady was hawking boats and other maritime gear for us–but we were able to get back up and running in short order. It appears as if the management over at RIF is having a more difficult time than we did.
In the meantime, I’d like to extend a hand of welcome to the RI Future refugees–from commenters to former RIF owners–who’ve found their way over to us since their home was invaded. We contributors have strong opinions and I’m sure you’ll disagree with some or most of them. Obviously, as part-timers, we can’t cover every angle, offer every source and rebut every possible argument, but we do what we can and we do it in good faith and without malice. Honest. So give us the benefit of the doubt and we’ll do the same.
Here’s hoping your natural home is brought back on line in short order. Until then, welcome.
UPDATE: WPRI’s Ted Nesi has more info:
International records show the rifuture.org domain name was taken over around 11:30 a.m. Friday by eNom Inc., a Bellevue-based registration service and subsidiary of Demand Media, the infamous content farm that’s one of the major reasons Google is being forced to make large-scale changes to its search engine.
The records say eNom’s ownership of rifuture.org is good until February 2012.
Brian Hull, who bought Rhode Island’s Future in mid-2009, told me Wednesday he’s working on regaining control of the site’s domain name from eNom and is confident he will succeed, although he doesn’t know how long it will take.
“It will come back,” Hull said. “There’s just some issues I need to try and work out with it.”