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Why and how Epik allows CoronaVirus domains to be listed

Located in Domain Marketplace Reviews, started by Rob Monster, Mar 26, 2020

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  1. NameDeck

    NameDeck SaveDotOrg.org - Mission accomplished VIP

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    I saw and interview on TV tonight about this initiative:
    https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2020/03...r-food-supplies-to-new-yorkers-stuck-at-home/

    They could use the exact match domain which seems to be registered at GoDaddy, probably by a domainer.

    Would it be right for someone to make a profit selling the name to them, or a similar initiative? Profiting from people who voluntarily risk their own health for the greater good?

    Guess not. It's not just black and white though. Both preventing it from having been registered nor preventing someone from selling it is gonna help them to obtain the domain.

    I'm sure some marketplaces and registrars put restrictions in place with good intentions but ultimately there are multiple scenarios I can think of that will actually make it harder to get the right name to the right people under this kind of censorship.

    The big difference is, in my opinion, had this domain been registered at Epik and listed there I'm 100% sure that I would be able to work with Epik to convince the owner to let it go for the greater good.

    That being said, most people would probably think, crap it's taken and move on not even concidering reaching out to the owner or registrar.
     
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  3. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Right on.

    There are going to be a lot of stories about communities coming together. Here is a story about my wife's medical clinic:

    https://www.facebook.com/robmonster/posts/10159501906699409

    If someone wanted to use the domain CoronaMasks.com to locally source hand made masks, I think that would be fine. That domain is on Godaddy.

    Anyway, you are right, it is not black and white. There is going to be a lot community co-creation in the coming months. The supply chains have only just barely begun to collapse.
     
  4. TCK

    TCK NameOptions.com VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    What if you have hundreds or thousands of cases. Who is going to use discernment through all of them, especially since there is zero financial return? That’s a lot of investment in time. How would you go about it?
     
  5. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    We crowdsource feedback. You obviously see it on NamePros, but also directly on our sites.

    We have an abuse reporting model. Also, every domain lander and every marketplace listing has a live chat.

    We might add a "Report this listing" on and individual marketplace listing like this one:

    https://marketplace.epik.com/CoronaVirusSpray.com

    To be clear, I don't have a problem with that listing, by the way. It is a useful domain with Make Offer pricing. It is exactly as I would like to see people list their Corona names.

    There is no shortage of easy ways for people to tell us if a customer is abusing their liberties.
     
  6. Bernard Wright

    Bernard Wright Established Member

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    Seems like the topic has strayed a little. I'll briefly bring it back around to how despicable Epik is for allowing corona names on their marketplace.

    @TCK @.X. Epik is not alone.

    Should we boycott SquadHelp? Looks like they're going to profit off of corona with a no-good, greedy corona contest.

    https://www.squadhelp.com/app-name-ideas/25628/Name-for-an-Covid19-Tracing-Mobile-App

    edit: @Ostrados I like you but I'm calling you out too. What do you think about this contest? Bad taste? Not good for society?
     
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  7. TCK

    TCK NameOptions.com VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    This is basically the model that the Web functions on already. There are authority websites where you can report abusive sites, IP addresses, emails, etc. Browsers and email clients will then block them.

    The issue is that people with nefarious intent, when reported and having their sites/IPs banned, will simply register a similar domain in another extension, or same extension but with a variant of the name, on a different IP and continue. It is a cycle. When we're dealing with a pandemic where people are affected by strong emotions such as fear and anxiety, it makes it that much worse.
     
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  8. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    And that is precisely why Domainers did humanity a favor by taking all of those cheap domains off the market so that scammers will struggle who need DISPOSABLE domains will greatly struggle to find them. It is actually an unintended consequence of the free market!
     
  9. frank-germany

    frank-germany domainer since 2001 / musician VIP

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    no not really

    coronavirus.dhsgt.com

    will do
     
  10. TCK

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    What stats are you going by? With hundreds of extensions and many millions of combinations, how do you know domainers took "all of those cheap domains off the market"? There are still many "disposable" coronavirus/covid-19 variant domains available at hand-reg. Even quite a few for 0.99 for the first year. And even if a domainer sells a domain for a few hundred then how does he know it is not going to be misused?
     
  11. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    Related comment about operating within the bounds of the law during chaotic times:



    Hope everyone is having a good start to the week!
     
  12. NotFromBayArea

    NotFromBayArea Established Member

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    Reading all of the wise replies by Rob in this thread convinced me to try Epik.com out. (y)
     
  13. Rob Monster

    Rob Monster CEO, Epik Epik.com Staff PRO VIP Gold Account

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    How cool is that?
     

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