Anyone remember WP Avengers? If not, here’s some reading to catch up on:
- Anonymity is bullshit
- Captain Woo and the Island of Misfit Extensions
- Why Are We Paying For GPL Licensed Code?
Short story, it was in response to WooThemes’ updated pricing scheme. And it basically gave people a bunch of paid GPL WooCommerce extensions for free. It generated a lot of controversy for a few reasons:
- The guy named “Nathan Walker” who was allegedly behind it, seemingly popped out of nowhere.
- That releasing free/discounted extensions didn’t necessarily hurt WooThemes, but rather the third-party developers that made the extensions.
- The old “it’s legal but unethical” debate.
And as I was doing some casual searches for domain names, I found that the domain they used, wpavengers.com, had expired.
Here’s the auction link: https://auctions.godaddy.com/trpItemListing.aspx?miid=152353691
There’s a few hours left at the time of this posting, so if you’re reading this later in the day/night, the above link probably won’t work.
It’s currently at $45. I’ll watch it to update with the final bid price. For the record, none of the bids are or will be mine. I have zero interest.
I’m guessing the bidders are interested in “SEO” for the incoming links from authoritative sites like Torque, Post Status, Justin Tadlock’s site, and the Tavern, but those sorts of links tend to dry up pretty quickly when the old site isn’t there.
It’s worth noting that this is an expired auction, not a public auction. Meaning “Nathan” is not profiting from this at all, the money will go directly to GoDaddy and ICANN’s coffers.
It’s also interesting that GoDaddy reported zero traffic for the domain, presumably trickling down to nothing after the initial surge of traffic a year ago.
I think the fact that they couldn’t even spend like 10 bucks to keep it renewed another year speaks to their lack of passion for the project, which was cited as their main reason for ending it.
What do you think of WP Avengers’ demise?
Will you be placing a bid, and possibly owning a piece of WordPress “history” (if you even want to call it that)?