backdraft7 - 6:51 pm on Apr 29, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: backdraft7 at 7:09 pm (utc) on Apr 29, 2013]
@Awarn - Use you real business name, use a real email, use a PO BOX address and you won't have those problems. For 10+ years, I have listed all my domains as my real business LLC name with a real, reachable email and a reachable phone line (skype number usually) I've also listed all my sites under the same parent organization. And no, I don't deal with customers on site and have never had someone knock on my door looking for my business, unless their head was shaved, or showed up with a bible in their hand wanting give me their testimony.
@TOI - BH bonus points for gaming the system before it's even a full concept - LOL! Google would mark you a black hatter just for your thoughts. To avoid ruffling your feathers further, let's agree to disagree on this.
Every thing is "gamable". Google throws your business on a map, what's the difference. Use a PO Box. This isn't about gaming, it's about doing the right thing and being honest. If you can't do that and feel the need to hide when you do business online, perhaps that's problem.
How would you hide or cloak your physical building if you had a brick & mortar shop? Plus if all that "out-of-country-you-can't-do-a-thing-about-it" is true, why do they do they waste the money on a PRD? That's right, to hide, and IMHO, hiding is a guilty metric.
I agree, it's Google's problem to fix, I'm simply suggesting one possible method for them to use which could reveal likely bad guys. It's a metric that I THINK should be considered. You are free to disagree.
@moxie - I think you guys need to put on your reading glasses. USE A PO BOX! You'll never have anyone knocking on your door. Also, slap a big NO SOLICITORS - BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on your physical address door, even if that's grandmas basement. I even add a SECURITY by SMITH & WESSON decal on the door. It works.
You really think if you put a physical address in a domain registration that there will be a line of salesmen or crazy Zombies at your door? Put lives at risk? You think nobody can find you now? what planet you be livin on? that's some funny s8&t.
You're all missing the point, (Leosghost too) it's not the physical address, it's the verifiable name, email and/or phone. A single line of contact that should work, in the domain record. Otherwise you're just not that serious about being in business.
Good debate though!
[edited by: backdraft7 at 7:09 pm (utc) on Apr 29, 2013]