Tuesday, 02 July 2019 13:13

24 hours in and .uk Trademark brown stuff hits fan?

Well, it's been less than 24 hours, and the brown stuff of .uk is already hitting the trademark fan. At least one name has already been placed into a suspended status.

Barclaysmoney.uk now has the title of being one of the first to be immediately suspended. Something tells me that more are on their way. Now did Barclays complain? Did Nom do that themselves? Who Knows?

In the coming 12 months, .UK is going to bring a very unwelcomed spotlight onto both Government and Nominet for allowing .uk to happen in this way. If this ends up in the courts, I think one of two compelling cases will; someone is going to have some explaining to do.

As for my involvement in the .uk drops, Nominet decided that I wasn't allowed to join in because I missed one of their emails that stated it was "available credit" not just "credit". Unfortunately, I made the mistake of renewing some names at the beginning of the month, and that took me slightly under the £450 "available credit". 

Nominet did try to email me, but I missed the email because I have a filter on emails from Nominet due to receiving endless emails from them about renewals, suspensions etc. 

If I missed an email from Nominet and missed out in taking part, just think of the poor .co.uk saps who ignored an email from Nominet because they had no idea who they are. These people are going to have a domain name appearing that is confusing similar. 

I raised all this with - shall remain nameless - non exec at Nominet who said, well that is their fault. Buyer beware is the new rule of the game.

As I don't have any .uk's without .co.uk's it's going to be fun watching the fallout while not being involved. 

Better Call Saul

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You have amazing names already you don't need more !

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  Anonymous
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Thank you. I must admit pal, it might actually focus my mind on developing something. Last thing I needed was more names.

Despite not being allowed in. I do hope it goes well for people. We'll all benefit if .uk is a success.

  GreyWing
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i made same mistake on credit thing, mad i didnt see any emails either..... ho hum. Rob

  Anonymous
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I'm not sure it was our mistake Rob. We took Nominet with a sense of fair play. When I spoke to them last week. I asked them what would happen if I had a £500 credit limit and I tried to register £510's worth of names.

Nom: system would block you after your limit.

Me: oh, so the Nominet system...

I'm not sure it was our mistake Rob. We took Nominet with a sense of fair play. When I spoke to them last week. I asked them what would happen if I had a £500 credit limit and I tried to register £510's worth of names.

Nom: system would block you after your limit.

Me: oh, so the Nominet system wouldn't explode, catch fire or go into somekind of meltdown?

Nom: Correct

Me: Well what is the problem then with only having £400 of credit available rather than £500?

The answer is of course there is nothing technical. It was just that we all have to be lawyers when dealing with Nominet. The old Nominet would have just increased your credit limit by £100, credit card companies do it without being asked so there is nothing illegal or anti GDPR in doing it.

I'm certainly taking it as a sign that I need to change my approach with Nominet. Not through bad blood or anything but I'm reducing my dealings with Nominet. I think I can safely offload around 250-300 of my 440 names. I have some nice names but I have some garbage too.

Perhaps all this was for the best. Every cloud an all that.

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  GreyWing
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I was also denied to pay to play due to credit, i asked for an increase so i can take part and i was told no i had to have £450. Having paid my membership every year i find it a disgrace Nominet slapped this pay to play fee on.

  Anonymous
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I think you need to downsize like you have said then focus on building authority on the domains.
Then email me your catching script or tips from your treasure trove

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