It seems that the owner of the wp-plugins.org domain, the WordPress Plugin Repository that hosts a large number of the plugins for WordPress (including my own), has failed to re-register the domain & it expired yesterday. At the moment all you see is a domain-parking site which, according to the email link at the bottom, is hosted by www.whois-help.info, which in turn redirects to Enom. The DNS records for the domain show the prior registrant as Nuclear Moose, whose own domain has been suspended.
There are 2 threads on the support forums at the moment (here & here) the some people suggesting that the site itself has been unmaintained for some time now. I think that the idea here that there be an ‘official’ plugins.wordpress.org repository is a good idea. The SVN repository was very handy.
There’s no mention of this by Matt yet.
The domain apparently expired. I thought Craig had transferred that domain but obviously not, I sent him an email this morning but haven’t heard back yet. If it’s going to take more than a day or so, I can setup everything again on a subdomain of wordpress.org or something.
Does anyone know what’s going to be happening with the SVN repository? I’ve got my own local copies of my plugins, but I’d like to have the SVN history, even if the site isn’t going to come back. The ability to do easy installs of plugins & even WordPress itself is something I’ll miss if a replacement doesn’t appear, and as a Plugin developer, I like having one central repository.