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Rant: Cybersquatting

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So after a friend of mine sent me a few cartoons by Wiley from his Non Sequitur strip, I wanted to find the rest of the series.

Instead of typing "http://www.non-sequitur.com", I typed in "http://www.nonsequitur.com" and I got this:



Yes, it happens all the time. There are millions upon millions of websites out there, designed to look almost like the one you want, just waiting for your fat fingers to make a mistake, and serve up a worthless page of links and ads, which somehow they hope they can monetize. Cybersquatters register domain names by the hundreds, set up advertising pages, watch which ones get the most hits and clicks, and get refunds for the non-productive ones within the 5-day period allotted by ICANN.

And it really frosts my chops.

Listen, you slimy hqizmongers: What you're doing is deceitful and underhanded. You're wasting time, wasting bandwidth, wasting productivity and ripping people off. You're jugging up the internet with noise, and nobody gives a rat's south-40 about you or your schemes. Encountering your rubbish is like taking a walk in a green, sun-drenched field of an alpine valley, only to step in a cowpie.

Kthxdie, onioburus.

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carlfoxmarten
Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
"Domain squatting" is a terrible thing to do...

I'm not sure, would you rate it more or less annoying than spammers?
How about telemarketers?
ccdesan
Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:27 am (UTC)
They're all about equally obnoxious, since all are "legal", and all allow for excursions into the gray zone of illegality. That's what I think, anyway.
deckardcanine
Feb. 3rd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
There you go making up words again. "Onioburus" gets only your posts. Is that the only way you know to resist swearing?
ccdesan
Feb. 3rd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Hehe. "Onioburu" is a Nigerian word meaning "dung-handler".

deckardcanine
Feb. 3rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Huh. Which language? Either it's not one of the major ones, or Nigeria is just too far behind on Net connectivity. Then again, how often do people talk about literal dung handlers online?
ccdesan
Feb. 3rd, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
It's a pidgin word, so I'm not sure which of the African tongues it has its roots in.

http://nigerian-movies.net/Pidgin/pidginO.php
mermaidstitcher
Feb. 4th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
Don't knock the cowpie. At least it can serve a good purpose,,Fertilizer :-)

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