Latest info on the future of Inform?

Hi,

just this morning I re-read Graham Nelsons talks at NarraScope 2019 and 2020. Then I tried to call the official Inform7 website and it looks like the site is not reachable(?). Does anybody know what the latest status of Inform is? Was there any info after these two NarraScope talks?

Thanks!
Jens

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There has been no info since then.

I think the I7 web site is supposed to be up (except for the bug tracker, which has been down for a while.) The primary site may just be having a temporary fail.

Ok, thanks Andrew. I was just a little bit worried I missed something.
Jens

This is from the whois record for inform7.com

Updated Date: 2021-01-03T08:41:08+00:00
Creation Date: 2009-01-02T16:12:44+00:00
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2021-01-03T00:12:44+00:00
Status:
autoRenewPeriod
clientHold

The statuses are described here: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/epp-status-codes-2014-06-16-en

See the archive here: https://web.archive.org/web/*/Inform7.com

Looks like whatever the problem was has been fixed.

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The issue that I am having now is that the Inform site is not being suggested in my Google search results. I often use a Google search to find what I want in the documentation because the search in the program is very literal.

I don’t use Google myself, but with other search engines, at least, you can specify the site to search with site:inform7, e.g. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Ainform7.com+breakable+glass

Google probably takes into account the fact that the domain hasn’t been re-registered as a sign the content is worth less.

Having said that, when I searched Google just now to check (I usually use DuckDuckGo), inform7.com pages were appearing as expected.

I believe these days google ranks non-https sites lower, and it looks like inform7.com still doesn’t do https.

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TLS is simple and free with Let’s Encrypt.

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It is, but the site’s also not being actively worked on at this point; I expect it’ll get an overhaul when the next I7 version comes out (and the bugtracker will work again and the PL will be linked etc etc).