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    Re:Failure of ICANN to write bulletproof contracts
    by Anonymous on Thursday February 16 2006, @06:02PM (#16612)
    George, if your lack of .eu names and the fact that you didn't partcipate in .biz/.info "Sunrise" are supposed to convince me (and probably at least a few others here) you're not a "gamer", then you've failed there. Those individuals who own lots of domain names (and I mean LOTS, like more than a few dozen), participate (or participated) in drop-catching, and/or milk various ppc schemes, are mostly considered "gamers". You fit into that category, right?

    Those who took advantage of Afilias's and Neulevel's milktoast Sunrise enforcement aren't the only "gamers" ... they are among the worst.

    But you're really a "gamer" based on my criteria mentioned above, right?

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    Re:Failure of ICANN to write bulletproof contracts by Anonymous
    Re:Failure of ICANN to write bulletproof contracts
    by GeorgeK on Thursday February 16 2006, @06:55PM (#16613)
    User #3191 Info | http://www.kirikos.com/
    You have an unusual definition of a "gamer".

    There are tens of thousands of companies that own more than "a few dozen" domain names. That's not a crime. In a capitalist society, one can purchase as many as one can afford. I own far fewer than Proctor and Gamble, or Google, or Yahoo, I'm sure (I own fewer than 500, the biggest players own 10,000 or even 100,000+ domain names). Is it a crime for Donald Trump to own lots of real estate? Or a crime for Warren Buffett to own many companies? It's not a crime in a free economy to accumulate wealth and assets. It's called "business success", and it's obviously a concept that you're not familiar with, or are jealous of. Elect the Communist Party, and your dreams of a "Utopia" where domain holdings are rationed will be realized. Perhaps they'll give you first dibs on Envy.com.

    Participated in drop catching? How's that a "game"? I've picked up a lot fewer than most people, obviously. SnapNames and other services are used by many companies, big and small, to register deleted domains. I've purchased a lot more names from other domain registrants, though. Are you upset that perhaps someone turned down your offer to buy an elite name for $100, because you can't afford anymore? That's like walking into a car dealership and being upset they won't sell you a Mercedes Benz for $10,000.

    "Milk various PPC schemes"? Besides providing valuable eyeballs to willing advertisers, how a domain name owner uses their domains is none of your business, when the practice is legal and indeed practised by many mainstream businesses. If a landowner would rather use their land as a parking lot temporary, are they a "criminal", because it hasn't yet been developed into a skyscraper? Oh, I forgot, you don't like successful people.....if the site was turned into a skyscraper, you'd moan and groan too!

    Take a look at the WHOIS for contests.com (owned by Yahoo), and notice it's being parked on Pay-Per-Click. Is Yahoo "milking a PPC scheme"? Nope, they're as legitimate a company as any in the internet industry, a model company. NSI, GoDaddy, and lots of other companies park their clients' domains, too (although they don't split the cash with them). I'm sure one day, when *THEY* decide, without the input of the peanut gallery, to develop a site, they'll develop it on their own terms.

    In conclusion, based on your criteria, I'm as much as a "gamer" as Donald Trump, Warren Buffett, and Yahoo. Thanks for the compliments.

    Run along, little doggie. There's a Marxist-Leninist meeting that can't go on without you.

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