The Evil Still Lurks
Posted by Todd McKinney on February 16, 2008
I really thought that something was going to get solved in the whole controversy over Network Solutions frontrunning domain names when someone queries on them. Sadly, no. As I remember the controversy from a month or so ago, there was an uproar over the way network solutions was reserving domain names whenever a query was performed. They were called out, publicly ridiculed, and essentially flogged in the town square over the issue. As with most people, I figured this would be enough to get them to change their behavior. I was wrong.
This evening, I happened across a post by Robert Scoble, calling for a community effort to document obsolete skills. I thought it was an interesting enough topic, and Robert mentioned that he would like to see someone set up a wiki. He queried for the domain name, and it’s open, but I’m assuming he doesn’t have the time to deal with it. Thinking I could do my good deed for the day, I headed over to godaddy to see if it was still open season. According to my query, someone had beat me to it. Being somewhat curious, I thought I’d see what enterprising person got the domain and maybe send ’em and email and offer some encouragement or something. This is what I got from the whois…
Hmm, that’s a little fishy looking, so I went an took a look at network solutions. Here’s what came back:
So, it turns out that the domain is quite available (or was when I queried just a bit ago) but ONLY if you register with Network Solutions. I could go on and on about my feelings on this one, but I’ll just say this – over my dead body.
edit: replaced the word dustup, because I seem to use it on almost every post. “Controversy” is the term that I now plan to overuse.