There’s a domain name that I’m interested in acquiring. I already have a personal site, but I’m probably going to incorporate this year for the purposes of making the occasional contracting job both easier to acquire and less of a nightmare to account for on a 1040. Incorporating as a geek-related company requires that you have a website, and I have a couple of ideas for an appropriate domain name for such an animal.
When I first came up with the name, there was a domain squatter parked on it. Now, I have severe problems with people who make a living camping on names simply on the off-chance that someone may want to use it for some practical, useful purpose, but I’m usually willing to grit my teeth and deal with these people. Unfortunately, the camper in question did not respond to any of my inquiries as to how much blackmail money they were going to demand to part with the domain name in question. “Fine,” say I, “I shall pay a moderate fee to my domain registrar and have them attempt to acquire the name when the registration is up, in January 2008.” The registration expiration day came and went, and my registrar was unfortunately unable to acquire the name, someone else got it first.
Normally, this wouldn’t bother me in the slightest, as I believe you can build a brand just fine with a name that has no real association with what you’re actually doing as a business, and I’m not going to begrudge someone the right to a particular domain name if they’re going to use it. However, I found that the new owner of the domain isn’t someone who is actually using the name… it’s yet another domain camper. I don’t know if I’m the victim of domain tasting or not, but I do know that I’m not going to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a domain name.
All I have to say to this guys is, does your mother know what you do for a living? Why don’t you get into some business that actually provides some value to somebody? Heck, even spammers actually provide a service to someone (if nobody answered spam and bought the product, nobody would send spam in the first place), so even though they’re highly irritating at least someone gets some benefit out of their actions.