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Death to Domain Squatters
It's been a while, and it makes me regretful. I'm sorry that I have missed out on a lot of the lifechanging events and even the everyday happenings of my friends. The bigger pieces of news have made their way to me, but most if it hasn't. I'm also sorry that there are so many heartfelt responses to my last post. I was so appreciative of them but I just ran away and hid.

I am proud of what I've accomplished in my absence. I've been busy with work stuff. DRMBlog.com's readership is way up. We've been boingboing'ed twice and been featured in Wired. I've sold my first legitimate advertising on ChipNews.org (rather than just Google ads and affiliate programs). Jimmy's gCensus.org has about 6000 links to it in the span of less than a month.

My level of distraction has decreased. Perhaps it's because I've got so much to keep my attention focused.

We're in a mad dash to get the next project live. We'll need some beta testers for it. Hope to have something up by the beginning of next week.

I originally came to update this journal to post a rant about domain squatters who buy a domain for 10 bucks and try to sell it for 3500. I let voterawareness.com lapse last year because I saw that VoteSmart was already doing what I had planned. So I moved on to something else. Now I want the domain again so I can run with a new idea, but someone else has snatched it up. They want stupid amounts of money for it.

I started to write an email but that provoked a discussion with Jimmy about the similarity between real estate land hoarders and domain squatters. I didn't send the email but I really want to.
I despise domain squatters and the companies that harbor them. My interest was only curiosity of how outlandish the asking price would be. Rather than develop something useful to readers or that builds lucrative residual income, domain squatters infest the internet and just force those who do produce something worthwhile to to be more creative.

Domain prices are NOT on the rise. You can buy a standard top level domain for $5.99 from some registrars. Your companies only try to artificially inflate the prices by decreasing supply of .com domains. Your clients (or it could be your company by itself) wait until domain names lapse and then snatch them up.

Web developers just choose to work around you, find better solutions, create catchier names and just generally get over your attempts to pollute the internet.

On 6/30/05, aburke@buydomains.com <aburke@buydomains.com> wrote:
> Hi Ginger,
> You recently expressed an interest in the domain name, VoterAwareness.com. The original price for this domain was $3088.00.
> I am pleased to let you know that the seller has lowered their price to $2780.00. As you may already be aware, domain prices are on the rise and this price will likely increase.
> If you are still interested in this domain, please let me know and I will send you the discounted purchase link.
> *******************************
> Thanks,
> Amber Burke
> BuyDomains.com
> (301) 776-8787
> aburke@buydomains.com
> *******************************

mood: in a hurry
music: Bill Withers - "Lovely Day"

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wyldkyss From: wyldkyss Date: June 30th, 2005 09:28 pm (UTC) (link)
Wow. They are delusional!
jopasm From: jopasm Date: June 30th, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC) (link)
We just need to make "domain squatting" more literal. Chalk a little square out on the highway and they can squat on it for as long as they want. As long as they're on the square, and alive, they can hold onto the domain even though they've put up no content.

We could sell the video rights to Fox!
From: navydave Date: June 30th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC) (link)
I can certainly understand your frustration and I share your objection to it on that sort of enigmatic moral ground 'You're not USING it you fucker!!'...
I guess the other side of the stick boils down to nothing more that business is business... If people buy up 500 nifty domain names for $6 a pop and then sell even one of them for $3000 they're in the clear.
The idea that somebody somewhere is obviously supporting such idiocy as these prices kind of blows my mind a little bit.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: July 1st, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (link)
::nod:: This was all part of the conversation that I had with Jimmy. But part of the difference I see is 1) that many people who buy real estate then sell it do something to improve the property and 2) the cost of investment is so low for domains that the scale is ridiculous.
From: gothicbeauty21 Date: June 30th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC) (link)
Send the email. I double-dog dare you.
gigafive From: gigafive Date: July 1st, 2005 02:43 am (UTC) (link)
You should send the e-mail. The price they're asking for it ridiculous.

Also, I couldn't get gCensus.org to work. Is that the full name of the site?
alcamar From: alcamar Date: July 1st, 2005 05:51 am (UTC) (link)
gcensus.com, and sometimes it goes down when google changes their code. Hopefully with the new api that they've got available, it won't be subject to change so much anymore.
gigafive From: gigafive Date: July 1st, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (link)
That's so cool.
ookii_risu From: ookii_risu Date: July 1st, 2005 10:59 am (UTC) (link)
Good lord, that's ridiculous. I heard a few years ago domain squatters tried to do that with Sting, but he refused to pay so he made a temporary site for a while. I don't know if it's true now since his website is www.sting.com *shrug*

Maybe writing a letter directly to the people that hold domain names hostage isn't worth it. They obviously know they are pissing off a lot of people and just don't care. And as stated previously, some people manage to keep them in business... too bad we can't see them die off.

Glad to see you're doing well! Did you design those websites?
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: July 1st, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC) (link)
Actually, of all those that I listed, I didn't design the layout for any of them. Here are some websites I actually did the layout design for: www.PokerTip.org and www.TateRoofing.com.

I basically run and write for www.DRMBlog.com, www.DRMBlog.org, and www.ChipNews.org.

www.gCensus.com is all zordac's baby. I gave a little advice on the graphic design but Jimmy built it from the ground up. The code was a part of one of his master's class projects and we're rolling the code into something a little juicier, which is our next project :D.
danilia From: danilia Date: July 1st, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC) (link)

heya stranger.

I've missed you! and no need to appologize. this isn't one of those places where you're obligated to post every few days or die. I'm just glad to see a sign of life again. ;)

And I'm with everyone else on the domain thing...that really bites. send the e-mail. Isn't there some sort of legal action that can be taken?
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: July 1st, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: heya stranger.

Nope, no legal action. They have as much right to it as I do. The only chance I would have of getting it back from them was if it was some kind of name infringment that they were attempting to profit from, so I would have had to establish a company name and notoriety for Voter Awareness beforehand.
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