Whatever happened to failnation?

A cute story which happened a short while back truly begins a couple years ago when I bought the domain failnation.com. The objective was to use it to host mini-tutorials on correct grammar and netiquette in IRC chatrooms. Whenever somebody was unfamiliar with the social protocol (no pun intended- well no, I kid- pun definitely intended), I could then just immediately link them to failnation.com, where they’d receive a brief introduction on how to act properly.

For those interested, two of the documents (slightly edited, but essentially mirrors from other online sources) which Failnation hosted are here – for IRC etiquette, and here – for Universal Greeting Time usage.

Some time after being used for that rather ridiculous joke of a reason, I got myself a VPS and set about learning the ins and outs of DNS servers. Having my other domains busy hosting serious business, Failnation was the guinea pig for all my bind experiments. After about a month of instability – it turned into my private Git repository, on the public side hosting another instance of WIPUP. After this matured, the instance was migrated to the Australian server hosting WIPUP and turned into the live.WIPUP that still runs today. Failnation was then not used for anything.

Which brings us to now – or more accurately, a while back. I was contacted by the Cheezburger Network Inc. – the guys who practically brought the instance of lolcats and cats with silly captions to their current online fame on the internet. They own ICanHasCheezburger.com, FailBlog, and a ton of other whimsically-captioned niche humour groups. For example, Yar.is, which attempt to pull humour out of Yaris cars. Who would appreciate it? Who knows. I didn’t think anybody would appreciate a half-toast-half-cat shooting out rainbow streams, but apparently the insane population of the internet do.

The domain failnation.com is now in their paws, where it’ll probably live a better life than it has under me. So long, then, and I’ll be keeping watch.

As it turns out, Cheezburger Network released a book a while ago also by the same moniker of Failnation.  Whether this has anything to do with it I’m still unsure, but I can assure you the name was purely coincidental.

Dion Moult

I've been developing software for well over 10 years, work as an architect (not the computer kind, the regular sort), and am classically trained as a pianist. I try to do the right thing when I get the chance in my field, such as through contributing to open-source communities and promoting sustainable living.

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  1. It’s nice to own fancy domain names. :-)

    By the way, I recently renewed literaryforums.org. I didn’t want to let it go, being my first ever domain name, and I get too sentimentally attached to stuff like that.

    Nevertheless, hope you got a good price for it.

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