As you may know, I haven't been as involved in the domain investing world the past few years. Now that I'm back in action, I must say, there has been a slight change for the positive. Still, to be honest, I don't personally get warm fuzzies when I think about the domaining community. You have the elite investors who jumped on dog.com and desk.com back in 1991 and could liquidate their portfolio at any given moment for millions (but never do) and anyone who didn't do that isn't worth breathing the same oxygen. That's not really fair. There is still plenty of opportunity out there—even in the world of hand registration or non-TLD extensions. Although the overall community vibe seems to be lightening up a bit, there is still a long way to go. I see no reason to discourage newbies (or those who don't have deep pockets) when they acquire a domain that is just OK. Let people learn! Trust me, I've sold a handful of domains for a decent profit that probably weren't actually worth the registration fee. Fact is, the true value of anything is not up to us—but the buyer on the other end. The domain investor community can be a bit nasty and cynical, but it doesn't need to be. Why bark criticisms at strangers for acquiring a domain that is below your standards of brandability? If you think about it, this is one of the few industries where there is literally NO competition. My portfolio doesn't compete with anyone else's because domains can only belong to one person at a time. We are not a threat to each other. So let's continue to help, support, and uplift each other. You never know what someone's challenges are and it costs you nothing to be kind. The best thing we can do for all of us is normalize the domain name aftermarket in mainstream culture. Keep the conversation positive and it will raise all boats!