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Will Domainers Change Their Opinions After Reading New gTLD Debates/Articles?

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Andrei

As an investor, being open minded enough to change your opinion whenever the arguments overwhelmingly point in that direction is a huge advantage. Most people don’t do this, primarily for ego-related reasons.

Since I own DomainingTips, I’ve obviously asked myself this question quite often, especially over the past couple of months: will domainers change their opinions after reading some of the articles I’ve written or after reading the debates in the comments section?

As some of you know, I’m also an economist and as an economist, I’ve heard/watched/read quite a few debates regarding “fundamental” topics such as “Capitalism vs. Socialism”, “Keynesianism vs. Austrian School” and so on.

The interesting thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to these “fundamental” topics, people rarely change their opinions. Why? Hard to say. Maybe it’s because throughout their lives, a lot of factors have contributed to their current opinion (cultural background, family, friends, occupation, you name it) and it’s so deeply ingrained in their subconscious that changing it would be a herculean task.

Will the same thing happen when it comes to new gTLDs?

In my opinion no.

Why? Simply because we’re talking about a relatively new topic and therefore, opinions aren’t as deeply ingrained in people’s subconscious as those related to issues such as “Capitalism vs. Socialism”, “To Vote or Not to Vote” and so on.

The commercial Internet itself which arguably emerged in 1996 or so is not even 20 years old and most people haven’t been earning a living online right from the beginning, so while some of them might have fallen in love with their argument/position regarding the Internet or domains, it’s still not as deeply ingrained as the arguments/positions they have been exposed to since childhood.

Therefore, I’d say that yes, a lot of domainers will change their opinions when it comes to new gTLDs after reading articles/debates and that’s precisely why I for one think not twice but ten times before publishing an article.

The post itself, the debates that take place in the comment area, all of these things ultimately help domainers make informed decision. As a blogger or as a person who posts a comment, it would be a mistake to assume that there’s no responsibility on your shoulders whatsoever.

In fact, the exact opposite is true and as I’ve said on DomainingTips on more than one occasion, the domaining industry as a whole is far more important in the grand scheme of things than most people realize.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Tim Says:

    The donuts registry are a bunch of greedy Indian givers who just took back some .tips domains because they said they wanted to keep them reserved, and they released rh by accident. I hope they go bankrupt.

  2. G Says:

    I too believed that gTLD’s were somehow “taken” from me. To say the least, I was beyond pissed off. Instead of just taking it and crying in my beer, I took another approach. I found out what really happened.

    I will tell you what happened and so you know in advance, there are many reasons. The communication sucked from the registrars and Donuts.

    1. Reason I lost some of my precious domains was someone entered the (EAP). Simply put, they paid a premium to cut the line. Up to $12,000 to be the first for an ultra premium name.

    2. The name was on the collision list. This is a list made of names that the registry can not sell as of yet. Example is I bought The email I got simply read error and I was refunded my money. This is a royal pain because of not only time and effort, but because I believed my asset allocation was used up. I could have put that money to work early in the process, but did not get notice and refund for days.

    3. Simply luck of the draw. Another registrar got access prior to the one I used.

    I do not chime in for the most part but Michael Berkens was nice enough to help me figure out this mess. I feel that one good turn deserves another. I hope you all the best of luck in this new evolution of domaining.

    Please excuse spelling and grammar errors. I sent this from my tiny font’d iPhone.

  3. G Says:

    If you ever want to chat. I’m @GarySchultheis on twitter.

  4. Says:


    There are serious issues involved here; nobody is looking look in the entire scheme, even ICANN. Why can’t a reasonable person ask why ICANN gave the Registries a go-ahead to launch when so many key-word names are not resolved? What’s the hurry? And why the near 3 weeks delay in acting? Why are the Registries flaunting the ICANN rules?

    I wrote about this issue on Feb. 26th on DomainShanes’ blog, and accurately predicted that something will be done about vagrant disregard for ICANN rules that inflamed Verisign’s wrath.

    You can see what I wrote here:

    And if you’re reluctant to surf away from this awesome blog, here’s a copy or paste of it:

    “This is a very good rebuttal to the careless.

    The truth is that these “Registries” are turning out to be their own worst enemy. The mistakes, if you can call them that, they are inflicting on their nascent enterprises is truly stunning; and that is before the market makes a call.

    I was just reading an article put out by Verisign, where they cry “Our concern, rather, is that domain names on the SLD block lists were delegated at all, given ICANN’s clear direction to the contrary. As Pat Kane and I have noted in a broader-ranging letter to NTIA on operational miscues in the new gTLD delegation process, a policy that’s unenforced is worse than no policy at all.

    If this is the state of affairs when the answer is “no” – effectively, a state of “uncontrolled interruption” – what happens when the answer changes to “wait 120 days”?

    Apparently, Verisign is waxing hot at total disregard of ICANN rules by certain new gTLD Registries. So, expect them to do something about this. This is a very strong Accusation/statement, from a conservative Verisign”.

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  5. Myron Says:

    who cares. all gtld’s to fail anyways.