Whale Oil switches domains

After being virtually out of action for much of yesterday the Whale Oil blog became functional again mid afternoon, but on a different domain.

On Monday Whale Oil was accessed on the whaleoil.co.nz domain, as it had done since it started in 2005, and their associated Twitter and Facebook feeds also linked to the same doman. The switch happened overnight, but technical problems both made the site largely inaccessible (clicking links came up with  ‘security breach vulnerability’ errors), and highlighted the switch to the whaleoil.net.nz domain.

The whaleoil.co.nz address still works, as do those versions of all site links, but if you click on any site link it is to the new whaleoil.net.nz – all site links going back to the blog beginning in 2005 have been changed to .net – and all of yesterday all links from their Facebook and Twitter feeds were to the changed domain.

‘spanishbride’ (apparent blog manager Juana Atkins) acknowledged problems at 8:05 am in a comment:

Maintenance is under way to fix certificate issues. Also we are getting the code fixed for the puzzles to make them work too.

One response (Old Kiwi):

15:38 FYI Still getting redirected to Whaleoil.net.nz on login to Whaleoil, and still getting logged out of discus when clicking on a new/different post. Changes to “Net” when doing that also. Not noticed the “net” URL before but it is sitting in my saved passwords, not sure when that happened.

‘spanishbride’ again at 10:45 am:

Dear Whaleoil readers we are currently experiencing technical difficulties that we are working through.

We have not been hacked and normal service will return once we have worked through each issue one by one.

I apologise for the frustration this will cause and ask for your patience.
We are doing everything we can to resolve this.Thank you for bearing with us as we deal with this.

SB (Atkins) posted a similar message headed Keep calm and carry on:

Dear Whaleoil readers we are currently experiencing technical difficulties that we are working through.

We have not been hacked and normal service will return once we have worked through each issue one by one.

I apologise for the frustration this will cause and ask for your patience.
We are doing everything we can to resolve this.

Thank you so much for bearing with us as we deal with this.

I do not yet know if we will still be having problems tomorrow.

If we are please do not panic and be assured that we will get there in the end.

She was not open and transparent about the reason for the technical difficulties.

So why the change of domains?

There have been a number of changes with company and site domain ownership over the last few months, and during the same period Cameron Slater, who used to be synonymous with Whale Oil, withdrawing from open involvement and filing for bankruptcy.

See details: Whale Oil company put into liquidation after rearrangements

The registration of the whaleoil.co.nz domain was changed from Social Media Consultants Limited to WOBH Limited (a new company), and then Social Media Consultants Limited went into liquidation. The current registration (last changed 13 April 2019) of whaleoil.co.nz has a number of contacts:

Registrant Name: WOBH Limited

Registrant Contact Email: sb@whaleoil.co.nz

Registrant Contact Address: the address of Slater and Atkins, street number 12/4

Admin Contact Email: andrea@whaleoil.org.nz (note a different domain)

Technical Contact Email: reganjcunliffe@gmail.com

Technical Contact Address: the address of Slater and Atkins, street number 12/4

The Registrant is Umbrellar Limited t/a Freeparking with a New Plymouth address.

The Registrar for whaleoil.net.nz (and whaleoil.nz and whaleoil.org.nz) is Instra Corporation (www.instra.com) with a Melbourne address. It was registered on 31 March 2019.

Contact name for each is Whaleoil Media (the @Whaleoil Twitter account shows as ‘Whaleoil Media’).

The Registrant Contact Email, Admin Contact Email and Technical Contact Email are all reganjcunliffe@gmail.com – Regan Cunliffe has been associated with Slater for years.

Cunliffe is also sole contact for whaleoil.org.nz (registered 31 March 2019_and whaleoil.nz (registered 20 October 2014, last modified 25 February 2019).

The address for all three has a street number of 124 but the same street name as for whaleoil.co.nz.

I can only guess what all the company and registration changes have been done for, and the timing of the domain switch.

from the first liquidator’s report for Social Media Consultants Limited:

The domain name switch could have been done with the approval of the liquidator, but if not the liquidator could be interested in looking into it considering the assurance that asset changes were “to preserve the value of the blog”, as they had indicated there had been several offers to purchase the blog.

The shift to a different domain could render the original domain valueless.

Creditors could also be interested. See Liquidated Whale Oil company owes more than half a million dollars

 

 

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14 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  1st May 2019
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  2. FarmerPete

     /  1st May 2019

    Really, who cares?

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    • david in aus

       /  1st May 2019

      PG is giving free advertising.

      Reply
    • Quite a few people actually, going by the popularity of posts on this topic – they are amongst the most viewed posts.

      And YNZ has proven to be a useful source for facts and happenings for those with various interests inn WO. That may be why some try to dismiss, discredit or deter such posts.

      Reply
  3. Duker

     /  1st May 2019

    Who cares? The Slaters do as they wouldn’t have gone through this troublesome exercise. he wants to stiff his creditors and especially the law suits hes losing big time at.

    As the domain name WAS transferred to the new business it could be clawed back as an asset transfer just before insolvency. So that issue had to closed off by creating a brand new asset/domain name by the new business and out of reach of NZ ( in melbourne) liquidators.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  1st May 2019

      He must be laughing at the thought that his creditors will never be paid because there’s nothing to pay them with. I don’t know if people can still get away with transferring everything to their spouse or partner. This can be risky, someone I know made the house over into his wife’s name when he was going to be abroad for some time…guess what happened.

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      • Gezza

         /  1st May 2019

        She divorced him?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  1st May 2019

          How DID you guess ?

          He now wonders how he could have been such a fool as she lives mortgage free and he’s paying rent for life.

          Reply
          • Gezza

             /  1st May 2019

            It was just a wild shot. A go-crazy guess that hit the bullseye. 😉

            Reply
            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st May 2019

              Well done; good shot.

              She is/was on the council and is a bit of a fundie, although her own behaviour in that case was rather unedifying and unBiblical.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  1st May 2019

              I looked her up (she’s on the environment council, not city) and for some reason a submission about rates came up. She was objecting to a rates rise of some kind and saying that she had provided well for her older years…I’ll say !

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  1st May 2019

              Matrimonial property, Kitty, should be divided evenly irrespective of whose name it is in. How long ago was that?

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