Public domain ponting to localhost

user274 asked:

It sounds like a stupid question but…

If I had a domain such as, could I set the IP address of to

Are there any side effects I should know of? E.G. would it not try to connect to myself? Would it also upset the main site (

My answer:

Yes, you can do this, and some people do.

For quite a while there was a running joke where, when someone asked for illegal software, they would be sent to – which had been set up in DNS to point to Hilarity ensues when the person comes back and says something like he had all that software already.

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