Those of you with a geeky-instinct will know the secret, kinky joys of doing WHOIS lookups. Try out RecallScottWalker dot com/org/net and this is what you see:
Aside from the cloaked identity, I think its important to note the date the name was registered, Nov 2, 2010. Someone jumped on this name at the very first chance it might ever be used. But with what intent? Cloaking just means you are not proud of your work. The name was last updated on Feb 15, 2011; just as the protests in Madison started growing.
Clicking over to RecallScottWalker.com gets you a very lame Under Construction page with a countdown clock pointing 13 days out. This screenshot was taken last night:
Being something of a web developer, it simply strikes me as peculiar that having the domain out there since Nov 2, 2010, no effort has gone into it at all. I have no idea what the countdown clock is for, but I think you either get some content posted, or you do not allow the URL to resolve at a host anywhere. Why is the site even hosted if there has been nothing added since (as far as we know) Nov 2, 2010? That costs a few bucks.
So I can fully imagine RecallScottWalker.com/.net/.org (and many more like it perhaps) were snatched up by interested parties who do NOT wish to see it used for its stated purpose. Squatters of the worst sort: frontmen for the Koch boys maybe?
Frankly I would expect a website with this domain name have some sort of information, a catchall perhaps for coordinating the effort to start the petitions, a forum, and some other neat plugins.
Feeling thwarted that this obvious domain name, such a potential hot property, is a ruse, I put on my thinking cap and came up with my own URL, which happened to be available! Its no small thing these days to score a great domain name that is not already taken. Mine is WisconsinRecallsWalker.com (.net & .org)
I just installed a content management system today (I'm a Joomla fan), and have to get my URL forwarding all worked out but something should be up quite soon. Use the dot com version, the .net & .org will just bounce you there anyway. I thought about using the .org instead of the .com, but having all three I felt the .com was the ubiquitous way to go. I'll give a shout out anouncement later in the day perhaps, I'm still in my jammies and have to get through my morning routine before focusing on the site. I also have to split some time to keep making my leather goodies (that's what pays the rent, the website stuff has never really made me much).
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