Semantic Web is for sale. Literally. Sort of.

August 13th, 2007

Sigh. The Semantic Web is for sale. Literally. Sort of.

Subject: and on sale
Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2007 15:20:25 -0000
From: flashjack_jumping <flashjack_jumping>

* *and ** on sale

please submit offers to <info at>

they should roughly start at 10k USD

pierre __._,_.___

We know only too well how this scheme works, as we’ve been burned several times ourselves. You register a nifty domain and for a pittance. Then, a year or two later you are warned that your domain is about to expire. Several times. Maybe you tell yourself that you’ve got to remember to take care of that (repeatedly) or perhaps the messages end up in your spam bucket (that’s our excuse and we’re sticking to it). Or maybe you are busy actually trying to create the Semantic Web.

In the mean time, useless, low-life Internet bottom-feeders are running scripts that identify domains with good pagerank and/or hot names that are due to expire soon. They use any of several services or scripts to try to grab the registration the moment it expires (for a pittance) and then try to sell it back to the original owner or a competitor or even some spammer who would like to have a page with a good initial pagerank.

Doing this is not illegal and it’s probably part of the brilliance that is capitalism. But it is very damaging to one’s Karma. And I pity the poor immigrant who’s strength is spent in vain.

I hope that the bottom dweller who did this doesn’t get his 10K USD for this.