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ICANN Says "Domain Tasting" Almost Eliminated

 5:50 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

ICANN Says "Domain Tasting" Almost Eliminated [pcpro.co.uk]
ICANN is claiming to have nearly eradicated the practice of "domain tasting" registering domain names for short periods of time to see if online ads placed on them have money making potential.

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) claimed the practice had been enabled by a loophole in domain registration that granted a five-day grace period after a domain was registered in which they could return it for free.

ICANN claims its efforts led to a 99.7% decline in domain tasting for all registries that implemented the new policy.



 6:28 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is Network Solutions still doing this when people search for domains on their site? To me, that was the biggest abuse of the old policy.


 6:33 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Um, why not just eliminate it completely? You buy a domain, it's yours for a year. Period. You mis-spelled it and weren't smart enough to notice before you paid for it? Tough. Suck it up. It's not like the $10-30 to register another domain to fix your mistake is going to bankrupt you.


 8:35 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

This problem pales in comparison to parked domains.

Try the Google keyword tool, type in ANY exact match keyword and all results with 1000 or more hits per month are long gone. A good majority of them are parked and offered for sale by companies claiming they offer a great service (if they didn't exist I wouldn't be held for ransom to begin with).

In other words, temporary domain tasting is gone but permanent tasting is a big problem still.


 10:17 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Yeah, I learned this the hard way (when I didn't know any better), and using Network Solutions (just chance) to look up availability. Went to register with Go Daddy a couple of days later, and ones that I wanted were gone. The scrap was still available, but the nifty two word combinations that rolled off the tongue so nicely were gone. Been parked ever since. They are for sale still (a couple sold). Not bad prices really if one has to buy but I've moved on.

In other words, temporary domain tasting is gone but permanent tasting is a big problem still.

On the other hand, I can't complain too much - having a lot of domain names locked up and doing nothing - to try and protect my 'key domain'. I don't want them, but I don't want you to have them. I've cut, and been cut, both ways.


 10:34 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think that some on this thread may be confusing Front Running (where the registrar temporarily registers any domain checked via its whois interface) with Domain Tasting (where domains were registered and dropped within the five day Add Grace Period with only the domains that made enough money from PPC being kept). The fools in ICANN were the people who created the Domain Tasting problem so they don't deserve any credit for taking years to fix a problem they created.



 2:17 am on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

Is Network Solutions still doing this when people search for domains on their site?

I've noticed they stopped doing that around February last year. Way before
ICANN introduced that measure and Network Solutions settled their lawsuit
over that.

IMHO domain tasting won't be completely eliminated. If anything, it can cut
down complaints of people finding the domain names they searched, but not
registered on the spot, taken a few minutes after.

I haven't seen much complaints about this unlike 2007-2008.



 5:15 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

It does not say how they fixed it. As far as I know you can still delete a domain after you buy it.


 5:39 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

This is the ICANN document on how it ended Domain Tasting and saved the internet:



 7:16 pm on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

ICANN are doing too little to protect legitimate domain holders in releasing millions of domains held by spammers.


 11:16 pm on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

They are not spammers they are business people. Who defines what is a legit site. If you were to get the domain you get somebody else might consider you a spammer. Both of you plan to use the site to make money. Who is going to police this? These domains are worth money and people are going to hold on to them until they make a profit. What about people that buy a domain and spend a year developing a website for it? Are they spammers. What about people that just use it for email?


 11:49 pm on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

what is "domain spamming" ? ..you mean domain squatting ? how is anyone supposed to discuss a subject coherently if you cant be bothered to get the terminology correct !


 8:24 pm on Aug 24, 2009 (gmt 0)


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