- Apr 24, 2016
We have begun our previously-announced transition to our new domain name: PrivacyGuides.org, and with it we plan to construct
What happened to privacytools.io?
The domain name is currently redirecting to our new homepage. That domain name is currently registered and controlled by the original founder of PrivacyTools, who has been absent in its operation for a year. This has posed significant technical challenges to the remaining PrivacyTools team, and left the future of PrivacyTools in question.
The team made a decision to migrate to this new domain — privacyguides.org — in order to hopefully make the transition a lot more smooth. There is no telling if the original domain holder might return, and if we waited until the domain's expiration, it is likely we would have lost the domain entirely. Losing the domain would have posed massive problems for our SEO rankings, etc., so while we don't have full control over DNS on the PrivacyTools domain, our control of the webservers allows us to 301 redirect the site to our new domain in the meantime. Hopefully this gives everyone enough time to notice the change, update bookmarks and websites, etc.
What about the source code on GitHub?
The source code on GitHub is currently archived at GitHub - privacytools/privacytools.io: 🛡🛠 You are being watched. Protect your privacy against global mass surveillance..
The source code for our new website is available at GitHub - privacyguides/privacyguides.org: Protect your data against global mass surveillance programs.. All updates from PrivacyTools have been merged into this new repository, and this is where all future work will take place.
What will happen to the r/privacytoolsIO subreddit?
Luckily, the existing Subreddit is controlled by our team member and long-time moderator u/trai_dep, however what we will do with it in the future is still to be determined.
Most likely it will be shut down eventually in favor of this subreddit, it does not make sense to us to rebrand it — even though there is a clear benefit to keeping the existing community intact — because the name/URL itself can never be changed, so it seems like that would only serve to confuse newcomers. Hence the creation of r/PrivacyGuides!
Why is r/PrivacyGuides restricted?
Our general feeling at the moment is that r/privacytoolsIO and r/privacy — in general — serve the same community and the same type of content.
The plan we are currently considering is leaving this subreddit restricted, and asking users to discuss privacy and ask questions on r/privacy instead. It's a much larger community that we feel is likely better suited to that sort of thing. This subreddit will exist for commentary on official posts (like this!) from the team, blog posts and other website updates, and perhaps news updates and other posts from a small group of approved posters; rather than being open to posts by anybody.
We are interested in hearing your thoughts on this plan though, let us know what you want to see!
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