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What happened to the Food Down Under recipe site?

steinpilz Nov 21, 2009 12:57 PM

Does anyone know what happened to www.fooddownunder.com? I get one of those "buy this site" pages, which doesn't look good.

Food Down Under was my first choice for recipe searches, all sorts of great recipes from around the world and still simply non-commercial.

  1. Antilope Nov 21, 2009 07:25 PM

    It looks like the site registration expired on Nov 15, 2009.


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    1. re: Antilope
      LindaWhit Dec 22, 2009 06:45 AM

      In doing a bit of research, looks like someone here in the U.S. (a registration service) snapped it up on 11/17/09.

      1. re: Antilope
        todao Jan 10, 2010 01:43 PM

        Is this the generic material you're getting?


        1. re: Antilope
          Virak Mar 18, 2012 09:00 AM

          hi, fooddownunder.com moved to fooddownunder.info. You can go and check it out :)

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          bcurtis Nov 26, 2009 12:02 AM

          I just went to find it, I"M SHATTERED!!

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          1. re: bcurtis
            Virak Mar 18, 2012 09:01 AM

            hi, fooddownunder.com moved to http://fooddownunder.info. You can go and check it out :)

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            palmerbj Nov 28, 2009 01:57 PM

            I just tried to get onto the website and found the same thing. I am heartbroken. I loved it and used it a lot.

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              Kebs Nov 29, 2009 07:49 AM

              Great shame - food down under was my favourite. Search by Country, ingredients, or recipe name. If they register a new name and continue with the database please let me know it

              1. LindaWhit Nov 29, 2009 08:13 AM

                Here's a link from the Wayback Machine from the last update in July 2008 - http://web.archive.org/web/2008072206...

                It does take awhile to load a link, but at least recipes are still available.

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                1. re: LindaWhit
                  Axalady Dec 1, 2009 04:33 AM

                  Thanks Linda!

                  1. re: LindaWhit
                    Gio Dec 1, 2009 05:04 AM

                    Thanks Linda! I found Food Down Under way back in the late '90s and was disappointed to hear it was kaput. BTW: Thanks for the Wayback archive too... I didn't know about it.

                    1. re: Gio
                      ANAKINSKYWALKER666 Dec 1, 2009 07:07 AM

                      I too loved using fooddownunder and was angry when it was gone I was going to get more recipes and all of the sudden it was gone

                    2. re: LindaWhit
                      steinpilz Dec 4, 2009 05:17 PM

                      Thanks Linda!

                      Maybe there's a way to resurrect to site? I hope so.

                      1. re: LindaWhit
                        Alan Gratland Jan 22, 2010 01:35 PM

                        I wonder if there is a way to contact the original site owner?

                        I'd be willing to finance a resurection of the site

                        Alan Gratland alangratland@telus.net

                        1. re: Alan Gratland
                          graypaul4 Apr 25, 2010 06:47 PM

                          Alan at the bottom of the site the bogus site there is a link saying the domain is available to buy but how to get in touch with the previous site owner has so far proved fruitless

                          1. re: Alan Gratland
                            graypaul4 Apr 25, 2010 06:53 PM

                            chef@fooddownunder.com is the old web site contact

                            1. re: Alan Gratland
                              Virak Mar 18, 2012 09:04 AM

                              Hi Alan, your wish has came true :) the site has been re-implemented on the link http://www.fooddownunder.info . I'm the developer of the new site. You can contact me if you like using the contact for on the site: http://www.fooddownunder.info

                            2. re: LindaWhit
                              modigliani1 Apr 3, 2010 01:26 PM

                              Thank you very much Linda! I have been searching for long time, but now everything is back!

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                              mm7770 Dec 1, 2009 05:45 PM

                              I am so disapointed tha the site wasnt able to stay up, perhaps the previous website owner can find a vene for the recipies soon, before I start to have withdrawls!!!

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                              1. re: mm7770
                                jude_calvert_toulmin Dec 14, 2009 08:04 AM

                                Gutted! This has been one of my main recipe resources for years! Thanks for the link Linda. Does anyone know whose this site was? Maybe they'd appreciate seeing the support they have!

                                1. re: jude_calvert_toulmin
                                  steinpilz Dec 14, 2009 06:18 PM

                                  Yes, thanks very much Linda! There is light amidst the present general darkness.

                                  1. re: steinpilz
                                    LindaWhit Dec 15, 2009 05:40 AM

                                    Nothing ever goes away on the Intertubes. :-)

                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                      Kitchendruid Dec 21, 2009 06:45 PM

                                      Linda - thank you, thank you SO much! I had my heart set on Parsnip pierogies for the holidays and that is where that recipe lives. I would not have known how to access it.

                                      1. re: Kitchendruid
                                        LindaWhit Dec 22, 2009 06:39 AM

                                        I'm very glad that the Wayback Machine helped you out. It's not perfect, but for a site that had been around for awhile, it is very useful for winnowing out some things.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit
                                          Leepa Jan 10, 2010 05:32 AM

                                          I've had trouble getting to some of the recipes linked. Does anyone know if all the links still work?

                                          1. re: Leepa
                                            LindaWhit Jan 10, 2010 05:57 AM

                                            I think it's only going to be as good as the spiders scraping the web having caught and cached the postings on the site. So yes, it's quite possible that some of the recipes might not have been saved by the Wayback Machine.

                              2. todao Jan 10, 2010 01:44 PM

                                Will this work?


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                                1. re: todao
                                  LindaWhit Jan 11, 2010 05:43 AM

                                  todao, no - that's just a placeholder put there by the domain site owner after the registration expiration. The only way to get anything is from the Wayback Machine link I posted above.

                                2. Arniceous Jan 31, 2010 07:13 AM

                                  Hopefully it will be back with a new domain name and if anyone did snap it up dream on you'll will remain the poor slob that you are. Here are some alternative sites that I use but they don't replace our so loved fooddownunder!


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                                  1. re: Arniceous
                                    Virak Mar 18, 2012 09:08 AM

                                    the site fooddownunder.com is back with a new design on the following url: htttp://www.fooddownunder.info :)

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                                    oregonfoodie Mar 20, 2010 01:44 PM

                                    The site is at the new archived website however it appears that not all recipie links work and the owner has put a message asking for donations (which is reasonable!) since it is a 1 man show and he does not want to go the advertising route. Some of the recipies seem to be blocked to avoid crawling (?). So you can still probably find what you need but do consider donating a little bit so we can get this incredible site back up!

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                                    1. re: oregonfoodie
                                      Japanesedave May 24, 2010 12:49 AM

                                      I would be careful about making donations. That link is under the original fooddownunder.com domain and links to a fooddownunder.com email. Neither of those would reach the original owner if the domain has been bought up by another company. You would be donating to the wrong place.

                                      Does anyone know who the original owner was so that they can be approached directly to bring back the database?

                                    2. j
                                      jembleton Jun 13, 2010 03:45 PM

                                      The domain expired, but the original domain owners or another enterprising party have created a new site - fooddownunder.info - and are moving the recipes from the original site to this one. Since there were over 250,000 recipes on the original site, you can appreciate that this will take time. http://fooddownunder.info/

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                                      1. re: jembleton
                                        steinpilz Jun 17, 2010 03:31 PM

                                        Thanks for the great news jembleton! Looking forward to the return, what a great resource.

                                        1. re: steinpilz
                                          Virak Mar 18, 2012 09:10 AM

                                          The site has return, I'm the developer of the new site of fooddownunder on the link: http://www.fooddownunder.info. Do not hesitate to contact us with the form if you have request or idea :) Cheers

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