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I was watching tv this morning about the Virgina Tech massacre.
They mentioned a ranting note left by the killer that was signed ismailax.
Also the word ismailax was supposedly tattoed or inscribed in red on the killers arm.
Rightly or wrongly, I registered the name ismailax.com . Don't ask me why. I just instinctively regd it.
Within hours I started receiving phone calls from reporters asking me why I registered the name and if I know what it means. I even got a call from as far away as England (and I am in Texas).
I told them I have no clue what the name means - and that I own hundreds of domain names. One of the reporters even told me that the name had something to do with the Muslim faith. Supposedly Ibrahim, after recieving the truth from Allah, entered a temple in Babylon with an ax and destroyed the stone and wooden idols worshipped by people or something to that effect.
I had no clue when I registered this name that it would cause so much attention.....
 

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Ismail = the Biblical Ishmael

Ishmael is the Hebrew way of spelling the word. Ismail is the spelling that I believe is used in the Arabic world. Ax could possibly be referring to the axe that was sometimes wielded in the Muslim story by Abraham. That's the connection I am making anyway.

It's the Islamic equivalent to the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac.
 
I can't blame you for registering the domain. However if you use this domain in bad faith you will be the biggest asshole in the world. I hope you use it as a tribute site. Do not abuse this chance to at least ease the pain that everyone has felt over the past few days. As much as I believe in free speech, there are situations that warrant at least a conscious. I hope that being a NamePros member, as I highly regard every respected member here, you have the mindset to use this domain name in the most respectful way possible.
 
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As expected my current server hosting would not handle this onslaught of traffic. I am now getting 10's of thousands of hits per hour. I simply can not afford this kind of bandwidth. The name is now parked and any ppc income generated, will be used to pay for server hosting and the building of a informational/memorial website for the victims of this terrible tradgey.
Ray
 
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The Equivocate said:
I can't blame you for registering the domain. However if you use this domain in bad faith you will be the biggest asshole in the world. I hope you use it as a tribute site. Do not abuse this chance to at least ease the pain that everyone has felt over the past few days. As much as I believe in free speech, there are situations that warrant at least a conscious. I hope that being a NamePros member, as I highly regard every respected member here, you have the mindset to use this domain name in the most respectful way possible.

Nicely put. I agree with you 100%.

Frank
 
texasgamer said:
As expected my current server hosting would not handle this onslaught of traffic. I am now getting 10's of thousands of hits per hour. I simply can not afford this kind of bandwidth. The name is now parked and any ppc income generated, will be used to pay for server hosting and the building of a informational/memorial website for the victims of this terrible tradgey.
Ray

wow, thats an insane amount of traffic and probably making some good revenue so your site can be developed :) its always nice to be in the news about your domains..happened to me once ;)

very nice reg....and good luck with development!
 
It's surprising how much traffic you can get from the media. Hopefully your memorial site will turn out well - good luck.

In other news:
choseung-hui.com parked personal domain site
cho-seunghui.com parked at a Chinese site
cho-seung-hui.com parked at GoDaddy
choseunghui.com redirected to an official VT Tragedy Site
 
At six o'clock this morning a news station in Chicago (WGN Radio) called me and asked me if I would do a live on air interview. I turned them down at first, but they were persistant and finally I agreed. The interview went well and Skip O'dell treated me fairly and he didn't try to slam me for regging the name. I explained that I have been registering unique words and phrases for over a year now. I also said that there is no story here. The story should be with all the victims and the horrible incident that happened.
 
Today has been hetic. I have been receiving phone interviews from around the world.
One of the local CBS affliliates came by my work and I ended up on the local news. I have been getting tons of emails concerning the name. Some are offers, some are supportive and others are ouright hateful. Hopefully all this will calm down, as I just want my normal life back. I told one reporter that if I could go back in time and do it all over I would NOT register this name again :( I had no idea all this would happen...
 
texasgamer said:
Today has been hetic. I have been receiving phone interviews from around the world.
One of the local CBS affliliates came by my work and I ended up on the local news. I have been getting tons of emails concerning the name. Some are offers, some are supportive and others are ouright hateful. Hopefully all this will calm down, as I just want my normal life back. I told one reporter that if I could go back in time and do it all over I would NOT register this name again :( I had no idea all this would happen...

Wow, what do they actually want to know?

Are they just asking, "Why did you register this domain?" or are they asking what it means, or something else?
 
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I sent you an email after reading about you (I didn't know it was you at the time) online. [email protected] if you want to try and find it in your inbox.

I'm glad that you're putting the revenue generated towards a memorial site, but why not just forward it to a charity right now? Wouldn't now be the most effective time to utilize this targeted traffic?

It seems to me that outright donating the generated money towards a VaTech related charity would be the most efficient solution, along with forwarding the traffic to responsible charities.

Just my 2c.

Regardless, I am impressed that you were the first to get the name. Were I watching the news live, I would have tried myself...
 
People always trying to make a buck from others disasters. I Remember 9/11, London bombings etc. People regged domains like crazy. Personally I find it disgusting when people taking advantage of tragedies like this. Their choice though, I wouldn’t do it. Oh well, bad karma I suppose.

Have a good one, hope you make a buck or two.
 
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texasgamer said:
I can not forward the domain or anything. No matter what nameserver I point it to I get:
"This domain has been blocked"
I called Godaddy and they say they have nothing to do with it.
How can this happen? Is Big brother stepping in?

That happens when Namedrive bans a domain name...seems that toyrus.co.uk also has namservers set to namedrive. just change to DS or sedo
:)
 
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