Many of you are wondering what happened to RIA Forge, and what the plans are to ensure that content is available to the community.

We're sorry for the lapse that has happened, and we're still working to fix it.  Unfortunately it will still take a couple of weeks more for this process because of the way things happened with the domain.  However, we do plan on migrating the content to an alternate site soon so we'll update as that comes online.

Additionally, future plans are to make the content available on GitHub.  Some of the content is already there, but this will take some time as we contact authors and have the content migrated.  

*** Update, riaforge.org is back up and running now ***

Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.  We're still planning on transfering the content to GitHub soon.

Also, a big thank you to Charlie Arehart for your help behind the scenes! 

7 Comments to “RIA-Fiasco Resolved”

  1. Don Bellamy
    You may want to start by renewing the domain, you have until 8PM this evening before it gets auctioned off.

    http://www.namejet.com/Pages/Auctions/BackorderDetails.aspx?domainname=riaforge.org
  2. Charlie Arehart
    Don, are you sure about that? It looks to me like instead that they already lost it, and NameJet (or someone they represent) got it (some weeks or months ago) and is now auctioning it off.

    So it's not that they have "until tonight to renew it before it's auctioned off" (which would be inexpensive) but rather they have until tonight to outbid the current high bid ($700, as I write). They may not want to pay a ransom.

    Indeed, note above that Elishia had said they have plans to "[migrate] the content to an alternate site soon", and also that "future plans are to make the content available on GitHub".

    So it seems we should wave a wistful bye-bye to riaforge.org, the domain, but the content will be back soon under a new domain.
  3. Don Bellamy
    Yes I am sure about that, current domain status is PendingRenewalDeletetion, see the link below.

    https://who.is/whois/riaforge.org

    After today, the domain will enter an auction at NameJet. NameJet is used to auction off all of Network Solution's expired domains. The domain can still be renewed, it is not lost, but it may cost an extra $100 or so.
  4. Charlie Arehart
    Wow, that's great news. Sorry that I misinterpreted that. Thanks for the clarification, Don.

    And it would sure seem worthwhile then for Adobe to grab it before it's gone. Sadly, the whois info is marked private, so we can't see who owns it. Maybe Ray had transferred it to Adobe, and that's what's pending acceptance.

    I'll send a note to Rakshith, Elishia, and Kishore to see if one of them could get on that, in case they're somehow not seeing this (though it may just be a matter of timezone differences that we've not yet heard from them, and they may see and reply even before they'd see my note).
  5. Don Bellamy
    If interested in keeping the domain, you'd be surprised what a phone call to Network Solutions can accomplish if unable to get the correct login information in time. I think it would be in the best interest to keep the domain if at all possible. If it goes to auction, the winner will just be trying to profit off of the ColdFusion community's past work by utilizing all the backlinks to the domain with bad content and spam advertising.

    Interesting, according to whoisology (a service that allows you to view historical whois data), the domain was in Ben Forta's control earlier this month.

    https://whoisology.com/archive_15/riaforge.org

    Hope this helps.
  6. Charlie Arehart
    Don, thanks for that heads up earlier today. I got the word to the right people, and the domain renewal was bought, and config was done, so now it's back. Yay. There are still some issues, being worked on, but all can access and download their favorite riaforge resources again.

    Very interesting that for such a "dying" language and platform that something so long in the tooth as riaforge would itself cause such an uproar when it became unavailable. But let's relish the conclusion and all move on.

    Thanks, Elishia, for your kind regards (which was referring to some other ways I was helping), but big kudos to Don for his timely observations today.
  7. Don Bellamy
    Awesome! Nice to hear you were able to get the domain back in time, Glad I stumbled across this bog post yesterday morning. :)

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