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26 Mar 2014
For a long time, the easiest way to look up the WHOIS information for a domain has been to use whois-servers.net, which has kept a list of a lot of WHOIS servers that you can look up in the DNS. To look up something in, say blah.tld you point your WHOIS program at blah.whois-servers.net. Many open source WHOIS clients will do that automatically, or with a flag. But with all the new TLDs added every week, they're falling behind.
Since I was supposed to be doing something else, I wrote some scripts that scrape the WHOIS server information every morning from the list at IANA. then combines it with some other server info I've figured out by hand, and publishes it as blah.ws.sp.am.
I expect that whois-server.net will eventually catch up, but I plan to keep ws.sp.am around indefinitely.
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