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Re: [policy] When Tech Meets Policy...
- From: Steve Atkins
- Date: Wed Aug 15 16:52:45 2007
On Aug 15, 2007, at 12:38 PM, Al Iverson wrote:
On 8/15/07, Barry Shein <bzs@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I am not sure tasting is criminal or fraud.
Neither am I, we agree. I meant if there's subsequent criminality or
fraud that should be dealt with separately.
Dumb question, not necessarily looking to call you or anyone out, but
I'm curious: What valid, legitimate, or likely to be used non-criminal
reasons are there for domain tasting?
Working out which domains tend to get a lot of traffic, so that
you can put profitable content on those that tend to have people
stumble across them.
This is definitely not criminal. It's certainly a valid, legitimate
business approach under the current domain registration
Then my next question is, what reasons are there where it'd be
wise/useful/non-criminal to do it on a large scale?
It's only likely profitable to do the above if you can amortize
your fixed costs over a fair number of profitable domains, and
you'll likely need to measure traffic on a large number of
domains to find those.
(My understanding was that most, if not all, of the "domain
tasting" churn was actually done by registrars, either directly
or using a "partner" to do the grunt work. That would mean
that the costs were offloaded onto the registry. ICBW.)