[pydotorg-www] changing DNS for fi.pycon.org

Doug Hellmann doug.hellmann at gmail.com
Tue Aug 2 21:25:33 CEST 2011

I have received a request to update the DNS entries for fi.pycon.org. I can handle the technical aspects of that change, but wanted to make sure I was doing enough to verify the identity of the person asking for the change. Do we have procedures for this sort of thing? I have suggested creating a page on the old server with a name that doesn't exist right now. Is there something else I can/should do? (Or can anyone vouch for Jyrki and let us skip this step?)


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Jyrki Pulliainen <taloudenhoitaja at python.fi>
> Date: August 2, 2011 3:17:14 PM EDT
> To: Doug Hellmann <doug.hellmann at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: Migrating fi.pycon.org under App engine
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 10:07 PM, Doug Hellmann <doug.hellmann at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Aug 2, 2011, at 2:51 PM, Jyrki Pulliainen wrote:
>>> Hi!
>>> As mentioned to ThePSF in Twitter before, we're in process migrating
>>> fi.pycon.org under Google Apps domain. We need a few DNS changes to do
>>> it. First, we would need the TXT-entry to verify our domain to Google
>>> and then, later on, the DNS entries should be set to point in to the
>>> App engine.
>>> How should we proceed? What would be the most convenient way for you?
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Jyrki Pulliainen, Treasury of Python Finland
>> Hi, Jyrki,
>> I can help you make the DNS changes, but I don't know anything about AppEngine. If you can provide me with instructions like "Make the $R record for the domain $D have value $V" then I can do the editing.
>> Will that work?
> Hi!
> Yeah, that'll do the trick. I can tell you the required fields :)
>> Since I don't know you (yet!), we should also do some minimal verification that you have control of the current fi.pycon.org site. Can you create a "doug.html" page and add some content? It does not need to be fancy, it will just prove that you can create a new page on that domain and reassure me that I'm not about to steal it away from the "real" owner. :-)
> I totally understand! I just need to contact the previous owner and
> ask them to put the document there (last year's Python was organized
> by a local company, they handed all the domain, twitter and facebook
> stuff to us now for this year's event). I'll contact you when it's
> done, if it's ok?
> Cheers,
> Jyrki

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