A very angry post about domain squatters. TL;DR - they're scum.
@jamie tell you what mate, I’ll buy yours if you buy mine?? 🤣
@kev Maybe the registry for .uk does provide some kind of dispute resolution mechanism, that at least prevents the owner from selling it while a solution is worked out?
@tdk yeah, I might reach out to them to see if anything can be done.
@kev That is so frustrating. It's like they have registered all single words and also all two word combinations.
@kev never been so excited about a disclaimer
@kev You could ask people on Fosstodon to donate? But why should they pay for your personal domain??
Or: You could help me spread the word of Albin Social to reach the crowd funding goal (3300 €/month)
If the goal is reached I can then buy the domain for you as long as it still cost something below 1000 pounds
The challenge could snowball into your own family domain
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@JohanEmpa I’d never expect the good folks of Fosstodon to pay for something as frivolous as a domain.
@kev you're running a good community with 2.5 thousand active people
Take any club with that many people, like football fans. When they enter the pub an equivalent amount of money as for your domain will be spent within 30 seconds, and it won't stop at one round.
But the fans get something of direct value for the money and they don't mind that the bartender get paid from that and that the pub pay the rent
Therefore a freemium type of membership could work on Mastodon instances.
Yes, that's of course a bit of a flaw in the plan. Fighting squatters by rewarding them might not be the most solid idea. But -
As no one has found a way of ending domain squatting we could at least make Kev happy.
Instead of having both Kev and Squatters being unhappy,
we now have Kev and Squatters being happy.
The first is a bit like: "Cutting off the nose to spite the face" or what do you think?
@kev I feel your anger. It is impossible to find a decent domain without running in one of those scummy services. I would like to know how many domains are just reserved/ for sale.
@jbauer yeah I’m going to. Not sure how successful it will be, but it’s worth a try I think.
@kev This pisses me right off too. Coming up with ideas just to find someone sat there, waiting for a sale.
Arse and holes.
This can happen when a search is made in a search engine! Happened to me several times. I write out the full address to see if its in use or if there's a website at the other end. Less likely to be snapped up before you can get your cc out of the wallet.
Worth checking when the domain expires and purchase before its renewed. Timing is critical. Managed it once out of several tries!
@kev They really are the scum of the earth, have a look at a site like afternic and it shows you how bonkers they all are. Names like "QIDANO" and "asia-66" being asked for 11k upwards. There is one domain I really wanted, has zero visitors, so I offered 20€ and the guy asked me for 15k.
It costs them more to register this shit than get a sale, all while clogging up the internet, and creating new TLDs (don't get me started on "premium domains") to fix the squatted mess
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