Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Joe is not here. He sold BF.
Does anyone know how to contact him? (I sent an email to Riin tonight, too). I believe he was the last one who had access to the domain and site - what I call "the keys" to the web site. It would nice to know the facts - like who the domain registrar was before it was Shanghai'd. They should have a record of how the domain was transferred away. The comment Riin passed on about hacking into the DNS does not make sense. DNS only points the domain.name to a server. Someone could log in legitimately and change it back. Unfortunately, a whois lookup shows that Hiroshi Ishiura (Tokyo) is the domain registrant now. Maybe he would be open to reasonable negotiation.
And Bandrada, thank you for the offer. Taking care of the site and domain would be a pittance for me (I pay $10 a year for domains and have a several others of my own) and I will always have way more than enough web space for my own sites, so it would be no cost for me to host it.
Perhaps Hoshiri will make a very reasonable offer and we could buy it back. If that was not something outlandish on his part it would be nice to have contributions. But the last thing I want to do (in principle) is hand this speculator a profit.
I find it hard to believe it was actually stolen, but if what Joe said, "paid up through 2014" is true then something illegal did transpire and ICANN, being an international organization, could help. I wish I knew who the previous registrar was.
The other road to take is to buy .org or .net and put his site up there - then try to find old links and change them to the new site (not easy, or perhaps even possible).