The sun rises on .ing, the latest domain name shakedown

Originally published at: The sun rises on .ing, the latest domain name shakedown | Boing Boing


What was I just saying about grifting in the thread about plastic bag recycling failures?

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The financial opportunity is the use of A or CNAME records to point to foes you want to put into a bad light. → agribusiness coglomorate related to “Monsanto/Roundup” → → → → → → headline worthy auto manufacturer with serious safety defect.


Kinda tempted to register, depending on cost.

6 Likes for fun/profit!


One thing is for sure, it’s not worth £200+ a year.

ETA It does cost 10x less than tho


What’s the current price for


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I want to do with it.


I have an .xyz domain, mostly for the email server. I wonder if anyone with a .ing domain will have the same spam filter issues I run into some time. (I actually rarely initiate email from one of those addresses, but I’m happy to sign up for things from void@*.xyz.)


Yes, it’s a cash grab … but does the general harm go much further than that?

Few people are really forced to register a domain name in the ‘.ing’ TLD. Even if you happen to own a popular website whose name ends in ‘ing’ – to take a somewhat far-fetched example – you have the same protections for your trademark as you would with any other TLD. Which is to say that if you have bigger lawyers than the other guy, you may prevail, and if not, you won’t. Granted, that’s not a great state of affairs, but neither is it a new state of affairs.

As to the squatters, I believe it was Jesus who said “the squatters you will always have with you”. Or if he didn’t, he should have. Let them squat. The explosion of different TLDs lately has probably done a lot to make squatting unprofitable. Sure, some sleazeball has probably gone and registered and other similarly desirable names, keeping them out of the hands of people who might be able to make good use of them. But I doubt they’re going to get rich doing it, and – for a change – I don’t think most of us are much worse off than we were before the .ing TLD existed.

Or am I something?


Rob should/will/won’t remember this from the children’s BBC TV Words and Pictures:

(Sorry, potato quality but upload from 2006)


unmistakable Derek!


Well, the London Borough of now has another option.

Perhaps someone will launch a site where people can go and rant at and insult various organisations who need a

ETA I’d really like


This is the cheapest .ing domain I could find:

Next tier: $190
Everything Else: $1000+


Now I wish I had that kind of disposable cash to do exactly this!

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Long ago, I registered a .name URL for my personal email. It was a very bad idea; there are many websites, programs, and people who don’t recognize all these TLDs and don’t consider them to be valid emails. It’s only .com and .net for me now.

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I played around with domains back in the 90s, I would register names that would amuse me but I never quite got the hang of monetizing.

I have quite few I use for my business and personal stuff. One of those is pretty valuable but I refuse to sell it because I’ve had it since the 90s. I occasionally get an unsolicited offer. Our daughter can sell it and make a few bucks.

I also have 3 that are worth about 7 grand or 300 hundred after commissions to the company I list with. Our daughter can have those as well.

I also own my wife’s and mine first names for a personal site and email, those are really hard to come by because various wedding sites bought them up.

I still buy a name now and then to play with then I get bored and just don’t renew them but these .ing names are way too expensive to play with.


Hm. Apparently no one has

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