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Protect domain names for the Children!
January 19, 2006 3:31 PM   Subscribe

"Each day, tens of thousands of our precious domain names are bought by greedy corporations and squandered for non-sustainable commercial development." But the Domain Name Preservation Society wants to help. Donate your names after you no longer need them, and they will retire protected within the sanctuary. Otherwise, what domains will our children be left with if we do not protect the endangered domain names of today?
posted by TwelveTwo (32 comments total)

 
Wow. That's actually something I'd consider for my old domains -- half the reason I keep holding on is because I don't want it bought up and adverslimed.
posted by VulcanMike at 3:46 PM on January 19, 2006


This is notable.
posted by Peter H at 3:48 PM on January 19, 2006


saved!

[I'm just now updating the DNS, so it may be a couple of hours before that resolves to the sactuary.]
posted by ijoshua at 4:07 PM on January 19, 2006


Indirect advertisement ? Sounds scammy at first look
posted by elpapacito at 4:07 PM on January 19, 2006


Fine work with the links, except there were only 7 more, not 9 more (6 if you start counting after morre).
posted by dsword at 4:07 PM on January 19, 2006


definitely scammy, but entertaining!
posted by b1tr0t at 4:09 PM on January 19, 2006


How do we know that they won't just be resold by these people in the end?
posted by delmoi at 4:09 PM on January 19, 2006


Wot ? Paying entertains you ? Hey you owe me $69 , WHAT FUN !
posted by elpapacito at 4:10 PM on January 19, 2006


“How do we know that they won't just be resold by these people in the end?”

They aren’t asking you to transfer ownership—just to point the A record to their IP. The person who paid for the domain retains control.
posted by ijoshua at 4:13 PM on January 19, 2006


dsword Curses! You are absolutely right.

Everybody, pretend I didn't make that error!
posted by TwelveTwo at 4:13 PM on January 19, 2006


ljoshua: your domain is resolving to their server already. I think there was a major DNS upgrade and now this sort of thing happens really quickly.
posted by tweak at 4:15 PM on January 19, 2006


The bigger question is, who are these advertisers who have bought thousands and thousands of domain names, and how can they possibly make money?
posted by tweak at 4:15 PM on January 19, 2006


To quote,

"We receive many inquiries about buying and selling domains. However, the DNPS does not own any of the domains in the sanctuary, and we are categorically opposed to buying and selling domains like common chattel."

Doesn't look scammy to me, just idle amusement.
posted by Richard Daly at 4:16 PM on January 19, 2006


Here you go, TwelveTwo. Maybe mathowie will fix it for you?
posted by dsword at 4:16 PM on January 19, 2006


Thank you dsword!
posted by TwelveTwo at 4:18 PM on January 19, 2006


tweak - Here's one way.
posted by tellurian at 4:45 PM on January 19, 2006


“ ljoshua: your domain is resolving to their server already…”

Actually, I couldn’t figure out how to change the A record in the Dreamhost web panel. I just made an HTTP redirect, which happens instantaneously. You’re right, though—a few months ago, the DNS update latency dropped from days to hours.
posted by ijoshua at 4:49 PM on January 19, 2006


[fixed TwelveTwo's off link]
posted by jessamyn at 4:50 PM on January 19, 2006


Well, I have a (pretty decent) domain that I'm about to let lapse because I'm not doing anything with it. I would love to donate it so that I don't have to pay the yearly registration fee any longer, but I won't keep paying just for this, even if it is a cool idea.

FWIW, someone else DID buy one of my old lapsed domains and is squatting on it. In that case though I just forgot to pay for it.
posted by Kickstart70 at 4:57 PM on January 19, 2006


This is pretty half-assed. You still have to pay yearly fees to the registrar. Why don't these guys become a registrar and take on domain names, perhaps with the option to get it back later on. They can probably pay for the whole thing with a couple donation links.

People let domain names go because they don't want to keep paying a registrar. This solves nothing.
posted by skallas at 4:58 PM on January 19, 2006


Thanks jessamyn!
posted by TwelveTwo at 5:06 PM on January 19, 2006


Stupid.
posted by Ynoxas at 5:35 PM on January 19, 2006


What skallas said. I don't really see the point of this website.
posted by tweak at 5:57 PM on January 19, 2006


(1) I continue paying for the domain (which isn't pointed at an adverslimer to begin with)
(2)
(3) Worthy cause!

???
posted by chef_boyardee at 7:20 PM on January 19, 2006


Given that you still have to pay for the registration, why not just redirect all those names to your main site? That would achieve the exact same thing.
posted by clevershark at 7:36 PM on January 19, 2006


I once owned mrmacintosh.com and macgenious.com. Dropped the latter when someone told me genius was spelled wrong.
posted by Gungho at 7:40 PM on January 19, 2006


I had thought about something like this in the past few months, however, the idea was more like a non-profit organization dedicated to buying names in the same way squatters do (forgive me if I'm not using the terms right, I'm just using my very sparse understanding of the process)...

And then if someone attempts to register it, instead of charging them up the ass to register, charge them the same prices you paid (market prices is what I'm talking here)

I don't know how you could actually implement such a thing or whether it would be worth the headache, but how else can you stop this bullshit practice of squatting? I suppose I could see a reasonable fee (not for my idea, as a non-profit shouldn't do such a thing, but in a for-profit scheme) for the work involved in registering it, but not these extortionary fees.

Does anybody even buy these squatted domains? It must be like spam... buy a shitload of domains, sell them at a hefty profit, and then you only need a couple suckers to make the money?

ah... ok...

1) buy domains
2) find suckers (born every minute)
3) PROFIT!!! (???)
posted by symbioid at 8:36 PM on January 19, 2006


"The bigger question is, who are these advertisers who have bought thousands and thousands of domain names, and how can they possibly make money?
posted by tweak at 4:15 PM PST on January 19 [!]"

They make money very easily. They buy up these domains that once had traffic and the links that they display are "sponsored advertisers." So, for each of those alleged "search results" you click on, some company has paid for it.

Basically it's just a paid database of links. I know a guy that works for a company that does this, and it's quite profitable.
posted by drstein at 9:53 PM on January 19, 2006


Thanks, TwelveTwo, for increasing the PageRank of those link farms. We all appreciate it.
posted by Plutor at 4:56 AM on January 20, 2006


>Thanks, TwelveTwo, for increasing the PageRank of those link farms. We all appreciate it.

So now we live in fear of google's inefficient ranking system? Link to what you like, its up to the search engine people to make it work. We should not be working for them.

Not to mention page rank is a bit more complex than you might assume.
posted by skallas at 7:27 AM on January 20, 2006


Clever order of links :)
posted by starscream at 8:49 AM on January 20, 2006


skallas: "So now we live in fear of google's inefficient ranking system? Link to what you like, its up to the search engine people to make it work. We should not be working for them."

Inefficient ranking system? What system is more efficient? And if TwelveTwo was a new user, he probably would have been thoroughly raped for those links.

"Not to mention page rank is a bit more complex than you might assume."

I don't assume it's simple, at all. But I do assume that the complexity does not change the fact that a-link-from-a-site-with-a-pagerank-of-8 is a good thing for the destination.
posted by Plutor at 9:25 AM on January 20, 2006


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