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Update on hoder
November 2, 2009 6:56 PM   Subscribe

Another update on Hoder (previously) via boingboing:

(the following is copied and pasted from the link above, a blog post by journalist Cyrus Farivar, who recently skype-chatted with hoder's brother):

- His parents recently had a meeting with the new district attorney, who allowed them to have dinner in Evin Prison with their son, Hossein Derakhshan, on Thursday, October 29, 2009.

- This confirms that Hossein is being held in Evin Prison, however the family does not know the next time they will be allowed to see him.

- At the dinner, Hossein confirmed the recent Human Rights Activists in Iran reports that claim he had been forced to do squats in cold showers and has been beaten repeatedly.

- Hossein is now sorry that he asked for a media blackout.

“Yes, he told my family that he regrets telling us not to cover his story if he was arrested,” Hamed Derakhshan wrote. “He said he should have asked us to create a media campaign after two months if he was still arrested.”

- Hamed believes that his and his father’s speaking out has had a direct impact on the Iranian government’s behavior.
posted by Tomorrowful to MetaFilter-Related at 6:56 PM (30 comments total)

:(
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:58 PM on November 2, 2009


MetaFilter's Own Cyrus Farivar, who seems to have caused a mini-shitstorm on MetaTalk four years ago.
posted by zsazsa at 7:20 PM on November 2, 2009


His domain still expires in about three weeks. Have we figured out any way to get word to his family?
posted by Malor at 7:26 PM on November 2, 2009


I don't know what to say but

:(
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 7:29 PM on November 2, 2009


Not quite coherent enough to write emails right now, so I'll fire off a couple to my MP and Foreign Affairs tomorrow.

Hopefully the response will be better than the last time.
posted by CKmtl at 7:37 PM on November 2, 2009


His domain still expires in about three weeks.

A friend of mine has spoken to Godaddy (the registrant) about renewing the domain. He offered to renew it for 10 years and not alter any of the registration information. They refused citing security issues. However, if any of Hoder's family can provide his password or the last 6 digits of the credit card used to register, the company will allow renewal, even with a different CC. If they have this information but lack funds, but see this post, they're welcome to contact me about getting this done.

At the moment, I can't get his site to appear.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:02 PM on November 2, 2009


A few days ago I copied my letter to my MP to hoder at hoder dot com and it came back two days later as undeliverable, FWIW.

Thanks for the update, Tomorrowful.
posted by Rumple at 8:19 PM on November 2, 2009


Did anyone else momentarily misread that as "Evil Prison"?
posted by Pope Guilty at 8:34 PM on November 2, 2009


I know this is ridiculous but being powerless to effect any other change in this situation, it seems important that hoder's domain not be disappeared as well. I sent GoDaddy's Twitter rep a message:

Dear @GoDaddyGuy: Hoder.com can't renew his domain because he's being held political prisoner in Iran. Please just take my credit card.

Maybe if a lot of people did that they'd do the decent thing and just extend it. They absolutely can credit his account to cover the charges even if they won't take anyone else's credit card.
posted by DarlingBri at 10:17 PM on November 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


To me, GoDaddy's stinky behavior in all this seems to be presenting an opportunity. "GoDaddy says no to political prisoner's website renewal" sounds like the kind of thing that would get 5000 Diggs and a Consumerist headline, and at the same time it would drum up publicity for Hoder. I don't have the connections here and on Digg to get the momentum going to make that happen, but it sounds like it a two-birds/one-stone opportunity
posted by crapmatic at 10:36 PM on November 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


I've been working on the domain renewal without getting anywhere really. Be interesting to see if a digg-storm could move these people. Though the thought occurred to me that publicizing the expiry may increase it's auction value if it does expire. His photosite has already been taken over by squatters.
posted by Mitheral at 4:21 AM on November 3, 2009


Not quite coherent enough to write emails right now, so I'll fire off a couple to my MP and Foreign Affairs tomorrow.

Does Minister Cannon have a public email address? I've looked through here and elsewhere but can't find it.
posted by lmm at 6:00 AM on November 3, 2009


Yup.
posted by CKmtl at 6:27 AM on November 3, 2009


Thanks CKmtl. A bit embarrassing; for some reason it didn't occur to me to just google "lawrence cannon email". Next time: coffee, then mefi.
posted by lmm at 6:38 AM on November 3, 2009


His photosite has already been taken over by squatters.

What was the URL there?

Also, I am going to hate myself a bit for the next line, but GoDaddy's hands may be ethically and legally tied in all of this. There are rules for registrars. They can risk losing their status to register people if they violate these rues.

This said, I think this is a pretty rare case.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:51 AM on November 3, 2009


@GoDaddyGuy: Hoder.com can't renew his domain because he's being held political prisoner in Iran. Please just take my credit card.

For folks looking to do *something* - and that's me - sending a tweet to @GoDaddyGuy is about as easy a way to contribute in a minor way as it's possible to imagine. Then call your elected representatives and ask them to make Hoder's release a priority.
posted by mediareport at 6:52 AM on November 3, 2009


Dobbs has emailed Godaddy's PR department with a request to renew the domain. I'll update here what they write back with.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:04 AM on November 3, 2009


While on the subject of MPs to email, there's also the Foreign Affairs critics: Liberal, NDP, Bloc.
posted by CKmtl at 7:35 AM on November 3, 2009


cjorgensen: Also, I am going to hate myself a bit for the next line, but GoDaddy's hands may be ethically and legally tied in all of this. There are rules for registrars.

There are, however, no rules that say GoDaddy cannot credit Hoder's account with enough money to cover both his hosting and domain renewal. If they can't/won't take money off any of us, fine whatever, but that is not the same thing as not being able to solve this problem. They absolutely can and they should.

I believe GoDaddy is in CA, which should be waking up soon enough. My blog post about this was re-tweeted a bit but not flagged @GoDaddyGuy, and I think a few more tweets in that direction would certainly not hurt.
posted by DarlingBri at 7:38 AM on November 3, 2009


My heart breaks with this news. I've been thinking about hoder a lot.

Normally, when a company has me this pissed, I write a letter, not an email, to every single member of the board of directors. I can't find that info for godaddy, but I'll keep looking. All I can find in Bob Parsons. I'm going to run through my alumni directory, address book, etc and see if I have a connection to anyone that works at GoDaddy.

If you'd like to add another person to tweet try @DrBobParsons.

It's not much help to hoder in his current situation, but it's all I've got to offer.
posted by 26.2 at 8:06 AM on November 3, 2009


Oh dear - this guy is the GoDaddy SVP of product development.

Sam Pietrofeso
Senior Vice President, Product Development at GoDaddy.com
@azbulldawg

His twitter post makes me doubt he'll be much help.
posted by 26.2 at 8:11 AM on November 3, 2009


Don't send email to your representatives: they are absolutely swamped by email and could no longer care less. What really gets their attention is a physical letter.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:25 AM on November 3, 2009


If anyone has contacts at GoDaddy -- I can relay them to Hamed Derakhshan. Email me: cfarivar [at] cfarivar [dot] org
posted by cfarivar at 9:02 AM on November 3, 2009


Also, you can access pretty much all of Hoder's old posts via the Internet Archive: archive.org, just search for hoder.com.
posted by cfarivar at 9:04 AM on November 3, 2009


Looks like someone managed to renew it:

Domain Name: HODER.COM
Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.godaddy.com
Referral URL: http://registrar.godaddy.com
Name Server: NS61.1AND1.FR
Name Server: NS62.1AND1.FR
Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Status: clientRenewProhibited
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 03-nov-2009
Creation Date: 25-nov-1999
Expiration Date: 25-nov-2010
posted by mrbill at 10:44 AM on November 3, 2009 [3 favorites]


Thanks mrbill. Lets hope that the rest of hoder's difficulties have a swift and humane resolution.
posted by 26.2 at 2:37 PM on November 3, 2009


Apparently GoDaddy renewed it for a year "as a courtesy."

See: http://cyrusfarivar.com/blog/?p=2730
posted by cfarivar at 9:27 AM on November 4, 2009


Thanks cfarivar. Your posting indicates we'd only noticed this on November 3rd. We'd actually been working on it since the 22nd of October which is probably the source of the "activity around this name".

Glad to see it worked.

cjorgensen writes "What was the URL there?"

The way back machine has him linking to vagrantlyperiodcom as his photoblog which has been taken over by what looks like someone spaming filesharing for pay links.
posted by Mitheral at 10:07 AM on November 4, 2009


I just got a call from a very nice person, Alon, at GoDaddy - one of the guys behind @GoDaddyGuy. He pointed me to the post on cfarivar's blog and wanted me to know they had seen my Ranty McRantyPants blog post, and that the domain had been renewed. He also apologised for not being able to respond to my tweets (and other people's) over the last day while they were sorting this out.

While I still think the "...but we'll have to expire it in a year" thing is a cop-out, I am satisfied with this result and also hopeful that Hoder will be in a position to be able to take care of this himself next year. And if he's not, we'll communally snipe it and look after it until he returns.
posted by DarlingBri at 10:49 AM on November 4, 2009


If anyone would like to continue working on the "Mefi's own hoder" situation, please email/memail me. We'll organize a bit more.
posted by zennie at 6:20 PM on November 11, 2009


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