eBay UK is detagged!
Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it again
Reader reports have flooded in this morning concerning the 'disappearance' of ebay.co.uk from the Web. Our informants kindly did the legwork for us, pointing us to the Nominet who is entry for ebay.co.uk. And there we have our answer: "This registration is DETAGGED".
Update: within five minutes of publishing this article - the whois records were amended to show registrant's agent and name servers.
If there is any difficulty reaching eBay.co.uk today, you can still reach items to bid for via the eBay.com site, Reg reader Pete Foster advises. Just use the advanced search function and look for items located in the United Kingdom. This could be a great time to get stuff cheap as people who normally use ebay.co.uk aren't going to be able to bid. ;o)
Alternatively, here is the IP address - http://188.8.131.52/.
So what went wrong? We've put in the call to eBay, but we guess their employees have better things to do right now.
Detagging means that the "email or web site associated with the domain name will stop working". Detagging takes a while to work its way through the Net, as the domain root servers update their DNS records, so there can be disruption for a minimum of 48 hours.
We speak from experience: last year an employee at PSINet Europe, The Register's DNS record keeper, wrongly deleted us from its customer records and detagged our website address with Nominet. On Christmas Eve. It took us almost three days to get back on air. ®