Syed Balkhi — in a heartwarming display of maturity — has donated WP.org to the WordPress Foundation. He didn’t have to do it, but he did. After finding out he’ll be a father, he wrote down what’s important to him, and inspired the move. From his post:
I wrote down all the things that are very important to me, and among the top after my family is WordPress. It is my extended family, and you can see that if you meet me at any of the WordCamps. I have been using WordPress for the last 10 years and WPBeginner has been around for almost 7 years.
In other words, WordPress has been part of me for 40% of my life.
As I think about all what WordPress has done for me, donating wp.org to the WordPress Foundation is the least that I could do.
WordPress is far bigger than one person or one organization. That’s the reason why the WordPress Foundation exists. Now if something is to happen to me, at least I know this domain won’t be auctioned off to the highest bidder (rather it’ll be safe at home) with the Foundation.
While the foundation isn’t perfect, and Syed previously held some worthwhile points in regard to why he held onto the domain, I think it’s a battle that doesn’t need to be fought, and his move is a good one.
For years I would try and correct people when I could to use W.org instead of WP.org in referencing WordPress.org. Now I don’t have to. Thanks, Syed, and congratulations on your family. Parenthood is awesome.