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I am often guilty of TUItmC (Typing while Under the Influence of too much Coffee.

Today I accidentally typed space (dot) stackexchnage (dot) com with stachexchange misspelled due to the coffee. The result was a blank white screen with the words "it works" in largish font in the upper-left corner.

I wonder if this was an experiment, or an example of how to trap errors like this so they couldn't be canabalized by hackers or squatters the way space (dot) stackexchange (dot) co has been, or if there is a more interesting story behind it!

it works

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    $\begingroup$ Related side note - thefinalfrontier.stackexchange.com redirects to space.stackexchange.com. $\endgroup$ – kim holder May 26 '16 at 14:13
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It is just someone's web page in a domain that they registered:

Domain Name: STACKEXCHNAGE.COM
Registrar: XIN NET TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 120
Whois Server: whois.paycenter.com.cn
Referral URL: http://www.xinnet.com
Name Server: F1G1NS1.DNSPOD.NET
Name Server: F1G1NS2.DNSPOD.NET
Status: ok https://icann.org/epp#ok
Updated Date: 26-oct-2015
Creation Date: 18-sep-2015
Expiration Date: 18-sep-2016

>>> Last update of whois database: Tue, 24 May 2016 09:52:10 GMT <<<

The web site is hosted by Alibaba in California:

nslookup space.STACKEXCHNAGE.COM 

Non-authoritative answer: Name: space.STACKEXCHNAGE.COM Address: 47.89.51.203

whois 47.89.51.203

NetRange: 47.88.0.0 - 47.91.255.255
CIDR: 47.88.0.0/14
NetName: AL-3
NetHandle: NET-47-88-0-0-1
Parent: NET47 (NET-47-0-0-0-0)
NetType: Direct Assignment
OriginAS:
Organization: Alibaba.com LLC (AL-3)
RegDate: 2015-05-18
Updated: 2015-05-20
Ref: https://whois.arin.net/rest/net/NET-47-88-0-0-1

OrgName: Alibaba.com LLC
OrgId: AL-3
Address: 400 S El Camino Real, Suite 400
City: San Mateo
StateProv: CA
PostalCode: 94402
Country: US
RegDate: 2010-10-29
Updated: 2015-05-18
Comment: http://www.alibaba.com
Ref: https://whois.arin.net/rest/org/AL-3

Could be used for nefarious purposes though...... (like phishing)

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  • $\begingroup$ Not that Typosquatting would ever make sense where a billion people are typing with ASCII as a foreign language. ...and the fourty what? $\endgroup$ – uhoh May 24 '16 at 10:58

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