ICANN to stamp out domain tasting
By Stuart Turton
Posted on 31 Jan 2008 at 10:22
ICANN is considering charging for domain names as soon as they're registered, as it attempts to put and end to "domain tasting".
The move would eliminate the five day grace period given to new registrations, which allows the organisation or person time to back out of a registration if they've made a mistake.
ICANN claims that removing the grace period could put an end to the practice of registering thousands of domain names simultaneously to test their profitability, then dropping the unprofitable ones without having to pay for their use.
The organisation highlighted the problem by referring to a study it conducted in January 2007, in which ten companies accounted for 95% of all deleted domain names.
"Domain tasting has been an issue for the internet community and ICANN is offering this proposal as a way to stop tasting," says Paul Twomey, ICANN's president.
"Charging the ICANN fee as soon as a domain name is registered would close the loophole used by tasters to test a domain name's profitability for free."
Google has also responded to this problem recently, announcing that sites less than five-days-old will not be able to generate revenue through AdSense.
- Is it worth upgrading a media centre to Windows 8?
- Flickr redesign: is it enough to tempt photographers back?
- Hands on with the new Google Maps
- Nokia Lumia 925 review: first look
- Why I won't subscribe to Creative Cloud
- GoPro camera strapped to a remote-control helicopter: the ultimate boy's toy
- Acer Iconia A1 review: first look
- Acer Aspire P3 review: first look
- Acer Aspire R7 review: first look
- How we produce the PC Pro podcast
- The ICO's shame-faced u-turn on cookies
- Start8 and ModernMix: making Windows 8 work on a desktop
- How to boost your mobile reception
- How to fix Facebook: Social Fixer
- Taking the stress out of WordPress updates
- Where to download free web fonts
- Turn your tablet into a Sky+ remote control
- How to measure the success of a new IT system
- Three years on: the state of the tablet market
- Windows 8: what works and what doesn't