Domain Tasting Goes Sour: ICANN Will No Longer Issue Registration Refunds

By on January 29, 2008

During a special meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors a resolution was passed which will end domain tasting as we know it. The discussion was sparked in response to the scandalous practice of Network Solutions hijacking domain searches in recent weeks. Oddly enough, the industry can be thankful to Net Sol for getting the snowball rolling on the end of domain tasting.

Grace Period Abuse Leads to the End

In this preliminary report, you will see the acronym AGP thrown around alot. AGP stands for “Add Grace Period” an idea initially created to reimburse domain registrants for names they accidentally registered or miss-typed.

The official resolution states, “The practice of ‘domain tasting,’ by which names are registered and then deleted during the AGP, has grown at a very great rate since 2005, with tens of millions of domains registered and deleted each month.”

And the kicker… “The Board believes that the withdrawal of ICANN’s waiver of ICANN’s non-refundable transaction fee to the deletion of names within the AGP will substantially end the practice of abusing the AGP.”

A voice vote was taken of all Board Members present and the motion was approved by a vote of 13-0.

What does this mean for the domaining industry?

This change in policy will improve many aspects of domaining in general;

  • The typo-squatting business will plummet as domain tasting is somewhat essential for profitable typo choices.
  • Expired domain after-market will thrive as lists begin to be “cleansed” from these bogus tasted names.
  • Pay-Per-Click parking services may become more reputable as domains will be long standing and garner targeted traffic.
  • Registrars will become more credible down the road, because in many cases they themselves were the biggest players in domain tasting.
  • Domainers will not have to worry about companies stealing WHOIS search data.

It is not certain when this change will begin to take effect, but sources reveal it may be within a month.

What are your thoughts on this revolutionary news?

About Mark Fulton

Mark is the Founder of DotSauce Magazine and a full time web developer, domain investor, SEO and online marketing professional residing in North Carolina, USA.
  • http://www.rishabhsood.net Rishabh Sood

    Of course many domainers will get hurt when ICANN do this. But according to me its a great news :D

  • http://ezinearticles.com/?Public-Marriage-Records---Now-You-Can-Search-Marriage-Records-Instantly&id=1113069 Mike K

    I still don’t understand the difference between domain tasting and domain kiting tho. What are the benefits of one over the other?

  • http://ezinearticles.com/?Public-Marriage-Records---Now-You-Can-Search-Marriage-Records-Instantly&id=1113069 Mike K

    I still don’t understand the difference between domain tasting and domain kiting tho. What are the benefits of one over the other?

  • http://www.technologytricks.com/ technologytricks

    its a great things that domain registration is minimum 1 year. This will reduce the domain after market sales.

  • http://www.technologytricks.com/ technologytricks

    its a great things that domain registration is minimum 1 year. This will reduce the domain after market sales.

  • http://joeldrapper.com/ Joel Drapper

    Great news!

  • http://joeldrapper.com Joel Drapper

    Great news!

  • http://www.vista-registry-cleaners.com/ Registry Cleaners

    Yeah I’m also glad this is happening. It’s about time! It would drive me nuts when big companies would just snatch up as many domains as they possible could…

  • http://www.vista-registry-cleaners.com Registry Cleaners

    Yeah I’m also glad this is happening. It’s about time! It would drive me nuts when big companies would just snatch up as many domains as they possible could…

  • http://www.bentfocus.com/ Sandy T

    I think most domains are already snatched away now anyway. You have to really creative nowaways to get a domain you need, maybe even change your corporate identity to
    match a domain you CAN get.

  • Sandy T

    I think most domains are already snatched away now anyway. You have to really creative nowaways to get a domain you need, maybe even change your corporate identity to
    match a domain you CAN get.

  • Jamerio

    I think its disgusting if its true and I also think people who do this in general are complete, opportunistic, shitty people.

    There should be some law that governs certain website names that are obviously reserved for business people.
    I am trying to buy a few domain names at the moment and all of the decent, appropriate ones are gone in my field and most of them are not even online, yet the whois says they have been reserved for years.

    While I would never give someone the satisfaction of paying their ransom, I really think that the process for name registration should be a lot more complex, you should need to pass an assessment of somekind because you’re potentially destroying other peoples business or damaging it for your own selfish gains.

    It really is a cringeworthy worthy existence some scumbags choose to live by.

  • Jamerio

    I think its disgusting if its true and I also think people who do this in general are complete, opportunistic, shitty people.

    There should be some law that governs certain website names that are obviously reserved for business people.
    I am trying to buy a few domain names at the moment and all of the decent, appropriate ones are gone in my field and most of them are not even online, yet the whois says they have been reserved for years.

    While I would never give someone the satisfaction of paying their ransom, I really think that the process for name registration should be a lot more complex, you should need to pass an assessment of somekind because you’re potentially destroying other peoples business or damaging it for your own selfish gains.

    It really is a cringeworthy worthy existence some scumbags choose to live by.

  • http://www.manifestmoneytalks.com/ manifestmoneytalks

    Hallelujah! Your five changes spelled it out perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    Hi 4 years later and this still seems to be going on.
     Domain available at netsol yet unavailable elsewhere after a search.

    So sad, it would be nice to see a follow up.