Friday, November 18, 2016 [Tweets] [Favorites]

The .blog Bait and Switch

Chris Schidle (via Hacker News):

At the time the link led to a WordPress.com page where you could sign up for updates (the full get.blog website was not up yet). Thinking that chris.blog had a nice to ring to it, I signed up immediately.

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Alright, I guess that’s fair. If multiple Chrises (or Chris’s? whatever) apply then it goes to auction. I’d still have a chance to secure it, and Automattic maximizes their revenue by auctioning it off. Win-win.

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Perhaps it’s not fair to call this bait & switch. Really it was bait & refund, and certainly the situation would be far worse had they chosen to not make the application fee refundable.

But still, I thought I had chance at securing the domain. That was the logical conclusion given the terms they outlined (via successful application or winning an auction).

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Knock Knock Whois There LLC, the subsidiary of Automattic behind the .blog TLD, has responded with this post regarding reserved domains.

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