New domain - DanWin1210.Me is now DanWin1210.De


Why this sudden and drastic change?

In mid-October 2021 I noticed that I was locked out of my registrar's control panel (Namecheap Inc.) for <q>suspected fraud, a chargeback or some similar violation of our terms of service</q>. After contacting their customer support multiple times, even after more than a year, all I have ever gotten back from them is that I will hear from them soon, as they need more time to investigate, and they appreciate my patience. I was refused renewing the domain or moving to a different registrar.

Given that I was unable to get a satisfying answer and the old domain was due to expire, I went ahead and bought the new domain, to switch over to. went down after expiry, but thankfully I was allowed to pay for extension by creating a new account and depositing the money for renewal there, so it was back up shortly afterwards.

After a year my domain was due expiry again, so I enquired if I could move to a different registrar now. They offered me again to pay via an alternate account, because: <q>Unfortunately, we need more time to investigate your issue.</q> A year should be more than enough time to solve whatever issue they might have with my account… This time I decided to let it expire for good, since almost everyone should have switched over to the new domain by now.

What does it mean for users?

You don't have an account and just browse the site? Not much will change, just the address in your browsers URL bar.

You are using the XMPP/E-Mail service? I'm sorry, but this will likely cause you some struggles, as you now only have a few days left to migrate all your contacts/accounts to the new address. Any service where you registered with your email address will need to be updated to reflect the new domain. You might otherwise get locked out of your accounts, if they require you to e.g. click a link in your email for login.

E-Mail users should also update their PGP key in their account settings to reflect the new domain and allow WKD clients to grab your key automatically.

You can no longer login with your .me user credentials, only with the .de ones, as the old domain is no longer under my control.

Will the old address still work?

After a very brief downtime, it was back online. Now, after a year, it's expired once more. I may be able to buy it again after Namecheap returns the domain to the registry. However, Namecheap apparently sells the domain now for $400…

How do I know you are still the same person? This could be law enforcement taking over the servers.

I have taken the opportunity to create a new PGP key and signed it with my old PGP key. This can be verified by running a command like this:

curl -s | gpg --import && gpg --list-sigs 222FCC3F35C41077

It should show proof that it is signed by my old key F8B8CFC35FBDB40D. I have also included signatures of previous keys on my old key, so you can even verify the key, in case you have an older key I was using before.