One way PHP may capitalize on its popularity

Today Rasmus mentioned that he received a $500 offer for the php.net domain name. Discussion ensued, which ultimately led to the indisputable belief that php.net is worth over 10 million US dollars. Therefore, let’s think about this further:

Languages by worth [1] (in USD):

  • php.net : $10,176,050
  • python.org : $4,088,792
  • perl.org : $246,064
  • ruby-lang.org : $219,624

Clearly PHP is #1. And PHP should sell this domain name and purchase the competitors, so here’s how that proposal works:

First, purchase the competitor domain names:

10,176,050 – (4,088,792 + 246,064 + 219,624) = 5,621,570

Next, purchase php.org for future use:

5,621,570 – 2,594 = 5,618,976

And lastly, distribute the remaining cash to the php.net account holders

5,618,976 / 1,568 = $3,583.53 checks for everyone

So if you want to be a part of this action, then be sure to apply for a SVN account within the next week. Here’s one way to do that:

  • Go to https://edit.php.net/
  • Or, use the [edit] links on the top right of every PHP manual page, and click them
  • Create a patch or three
  • Email phpdoc@lists.php.net about these patches/changes, and introduce yourself
  • Receive a php.net account (and your very own @php.net (soon to be @php.org!) email address) and start committing
  • And now wait for a large fat sack of cash in the mail, in the form of a check (signed by Rasmus, our BDFL)

How have we not done this already?!

And PHP is determining how best to take advantage of the haystack/needle confusion, but the increased site traffic from confused users can and should be taken advantage of. See, this was part of the master plan all along!

Solid reference: [1] http://domainvalues.com/

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