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Is it just me or does it seem like you’d be completely insane to use a domain broker? Like here’s some guy you don’t know and you’re telling him that you want a domain and are willing to pay a lot of money for it. So who the fuck wouldn’t get a good deal from the current owner and then sell it to you for what you are willing to pay?

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    It's pretty batshit. The ridiculous nature of commercialized DNS created the issue to begin with. The name system is plagued by graft and theft that make it a pseudo-legal no man's land that is simultaneously a pain in the ass to navigate and predatory as shit.

    Domain squatters are a bunch of penny ante wannabe Gordon Gecko boomers fantasizing that they're digital real estate barons and that what they're doing is an industry. We need regulation that says if you're not using it you lose it, and criminalizes aggressive registration sniping. And now you're seeing people from the bazaar haggling cultures just making the problem worse because their view of commerce is inherently predatory and classist.

    Really, we just need a new internet. Fuck the paywall culture.
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    @SortOfTested I’m not sure that I agree with you. I’m not sure that I don’t agree either. I’m just not sure.
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    @FrodoSwaggins
    Is what it is. I've just more strongly formalized my opinion.
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    @SortOfTested "DomainSquatter" would work great as a username
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    We need more of @SortOfTested in our world
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    It's pretty fucked. I find it so weird how these brokers are even legal. To my knowledge, they are just 3rd parties acting as a middleman. In most countries middleman strategies like these are illegal for most transactions (like housing).

    Quite bizarre, unless I'm missing something which is probably the case.
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    @molaram I would love to have one whenever I'm too tired to explain something or too stupid to respond. I'd be just like:

    "One sec, mate"
    *opens bag*
    "Here, have a @SortOfTested"
    "Good luck"
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