submitted 2 weeks ago by [email protected] to c/microblogmemes

(not a joke, they seized the domain name).


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[-] waigl 164 points 2 weeks ago

Honestly, why would you host a service like that under the Afghani TLD, knowing fully well what kind of country Afghanistan is these days?

"Shut down by the Taliban", sure, because you handed them the switch to shut down for no good reason.

[-] themeatbridge 100 points 2 weeks ago

Because the .af is funny. They likely knew it would get shut down eventually.

[-] [email protected] 41 points 2 weeks ago

Most people don't think of countries when they see TLDs like AF. Most people wouldn't think .tv stands for Tuvalu.

[-] [email protected] 22 points 2 weeks ago

Most don't know but the one who bought it would, although they probably did it anyway cause it looks cool. Same happened with fmhy but I am guessing the reasoning for that was the cost.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago

Many people who buy domains don't know, because many domains are so ubiquitous. Another good example most buyers don't know is the ".io"

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

Yeah I can see that but if it was me there's no way I am buying a domain without doing proper research. I can only imagine how big of a headache changing a domain would be.

[-] gAlienLifeform 40 points 2 weeks ago

Seems like this is less a "shut down by the Taliban" situation and more of a "we're choosing to stop paying registry fees that would have started going to the Taliban for a domain I had gifted to me a few years ago." Silly to have created a .af domain in the first place when this was a foreseeable turn of events, but maybe a bit more understandable.

From January 10 2024,

queer.af announcements

@[email protected]

queer.af shutdown

TL;DR: Queer.AF will be close on 2024-04-12

In July 2018, me and three friends were chatting in my flat in London. One of them mentioned that they had a fun domain they had no idea what to do with. That domain, of course, is queer.af, and the rest, as they say, is history. We invited our friends and let them invite their friends, and that's how things have operated here ever since.

Since the fall of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in 2021, that fate of that domain has fallen into question; until late last year, the .af registry had effectively ceased to exist, leaving everything in a state of limbo. The Council of Country Code Administrators [cocca.org.nz] (CoCCA), who were contracted to operate the TLD, continued to operate things as-is, although eventually turned off all operations but automatic renewals.

More recently, however, the registry has begun to operate again. Unfortunately, this is not really good news: this means it is now under the control of the Taliban government of Afghanistan. From a practical perspective, this means that the present government has a desire to exert control over the country's top level domain, and from an ethical and legal perspective this means that domain-related fees are now directed to the Taliban. As an additional complication, the registry operators have wiped the existing list of accredited registrars and replaced them with 21 new organizations.

In light of this, the queer.af domain name (which expires on the 13th of April) will not be renewed. Because fediverse software does not support domain migrations, the queer.af instance must therefore close as a consequence.


Now: User registration has been completely disabled.

2024-04-12: The instance will be instructed to self destruct (sending delete activities for all accounts to all known instances)

An archive of the database and user media will be retained for at least a further 3 months in order to support user exports. It will be deleted by 2025-04-12 at the latest.

Questions and Answers

What actions should I take? Please take the following three months to setup an account on another instance and migrate, and to export all of your posts and following lists.

Will there be a successor instance? Maybe. I haven't reached a decision as to whether to run a new multi-user instance or retire to a single user instance yet. It is likely that if I start a successor instance, it will be running software other than Mastodon; the software landscape has changed since 2018. If I do start one, every queer.af user will receive an invite.

Any other plans? One project I've been contemplating for 2024 is offering managed instance hosting to friends, open source projects, and similar. If you're a user of queer.af or a friend who would be interested in that (and in particular in beta-testing it), drop me a message.

Finally, thank you to every user of queer.af, past and present, for being here. You've been a wonderful userbase, and it has been (almost all of the time) a pleasure to be your host

-- @erincandescent




[-] [email protected] 71 points 2 weeks ago

That's pretty funny. I'm sorry that it happened. But it's pretty funny that it did.

[-] [email protected] 64 points 2 weeks ago

Afghanistan is sitting in a gold mine thanks to an acronym.

[-] [email protected] 48 points 2 weeks ago

And apparently is too homophobic to collect.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 2 weeks ago

They're happy to collect. Queer.af stopped paying the bill so that money wasn't going to the taliban.

[-] [email protected] 12 points 2 weeks ago

Oh really? Funny how no one is mentioning this. I'm sure the Taliban is as homophobic as a group can be but this act may just be financial then.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

the domain was set to expire in April and was intentionally not being renewed because gestures vaguely at everything

people knew this was coming at some point. the surprising part was that it happened now from the orders of the registry as opposed to in April.

announcements were made and the instance was already in it's death bed for a while, this isn't like the fmhy/mali situation with things happening out of the blue.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the explanation!

[-] TrickDacy 18 points 2 weeks ago
[-] [email protected] 10 points 2 weeks ago


[-] [email protected] 43 points 2 weeks ago

"If anyone is going to own Queer.af, it's going to be us, mister."

[-] [email protected] 42 points 2 weeks ago

Time to swap to queer.fr

[-] [email protected] 26 points 2 weeks ago

Don't the Taliban fuck young boys?

[-] [email protected] 14 points 2 weeks ago

They are religious extremists, so yes.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 2 weeks ago

Only as many as god allows them

So a lot

[-] [email protected] 6 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

Yes, it's part of their traditional life style: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacha_bazi

(OK, when you read through the article then it says: "One of the original factors mobilizing the rise of the Taliban was their opposition to the bacha bazi." so for all bad things they do, they are trying to stop that, in stark contrast to the US military which: "U.S. government forces in Afghanistan after the invasion of the country reportedly deliberately ignored bacha bazi abuse by Afghan allies.")

[-] Anticorp 3 points 2 weeks ago

Yes, but their balls don't touch, so it's not queer.

[-] dipshit 16 points 2 weeks ago
[-] CluckN -3 points 2 weeks ago

.[Central ] af[rican Republic]

[-] dipshit 4 points 2 weeks ago

I don’t think the taliban controls that territory

[-] [email protected] 3 points 2 weeks ago
[-] homesweethomeMrL 16 points 2 weeks ago

I . . . did not have that on my bingo card

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