Re: How is this STILL a thing!?
And, more importantly, who authorised the .org.uk in the first place when they could have had a .gov.uk that could not possibly expire? Why was it anything but a redirect for all those years? Why did the *real* gov.uk site not get anywhere near as many links as the original .org.uk for all those years?
An imagined discussion at HelpToBuy a number of years ago.
Tech: The gov.uk people say that they haven't heard of us as a government department, and want a letter signed by the minister for the department of administrative affairs confirming that our department exists. When they have that then they'll ask if anybody in whitehall objects to this name being taken in case it clashes with any project that somebody else has. There is then a mandatory 30 day wait for responses, 15 days to compile a report for the allocation committee, and then at the next names allocation committee meeting then they'll review the request and decide if they will deign to create us a .gov.uk domain name. At that point, the request and proposed address will be passed on to the head of the civil service, and the PM to approve, and then following Royal consent being granted the allocation committee will pass it along to the creation department.
Boss: The PM said we'd be up and running by the end of next week. I told him we'd do that. You said it could be done easily. Why are you now telling me it's not going to be ready for what, six months?
Tech: It takes five minutes to set up a domain name. I didn't imagine that it could possibly take this long to get a gov.uk domain name!
Boss: So, we've got the site ready on HelpToBuy.example.com, but we can't just get a gov.uk domain name?
Tech: Yes! We'd be up and running in 20 minutes if we were using an org.uk domain name! Dealing with this...
Boss: Ok. I promised the PM personally that we'd be up in time and i'm not going back and telling him I can't do it. Pick that domain name, get it printed on all of our stationary and we'll use that. When we get a gov.uk domain name then we can shift the site to the that, right?
Tech: That'd work.
11 Months later
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Boss: We finally got that gov.uk domain name. It comes with government hosting too; switch over to that, would you.
Tech: Hang on, this only supports static .html and coldfusion on an Oracle database? That's insane! It's...
Boss: Do you have any asprin?
Tech: *Hands over bottle* We could just redirect the gov.uk domain to the working site?
15 years later, that tech and boss has moved on and the postmaster checking the "left staff" emails sees the email and forwards it to the domain renewals team. It's not on the approved list to renew, so doesn't get renewed because it's not anybodies job to do it
And that's how something like this happens.