jmccormac - 3:35 pm on Oct 19, 2010 (gmt 0)
The effect of domain tasting can be seen in this Flash graph: [hosterstats.com...] You can remove a line by clicking on the New/Deleted/Transfers boxes at the top of the graph. The removing the Deleted and Transfers lines shows that the .com growth (new domains) is almost back at early 2005 levels. The ramp-up of domain tasting really started in 2005 and the first steps can be seen as the deletions begin to resemble the previous month's new domain count.
In late 2007, legal action over the abuse/infringement of trademarks was taken by Dell against a group of registrars who had been rather active in domain tasting among other things. The next big fall was in mid 2008 when ICANN was encouraged to do something about domain tasting. By that stage, the market was changing anyway but ICANN's board resolution hit the economics of domain tasting by adding a nominal cost.