Polygraph time: Domainers to undergo ‘lie detection’ tests
Starting in 2014, domainers that engage in the act of buying, selling and blogging about domain names, will be required to undergo an industry-wide lie detection test.
“No liars, cheaters, fakes, or other hoodlums will be allowed to set foot into TRAFFIC,” said Rick Schwartz yesterday.
“Look folks, the time is now and now it’s the time,” added Rick. “Those domainers who pat eachother’s ass, have a secret agenda and a bias that won’t be tolerated,” said Rick, in a rather cryptic message at his blog, which generated a lot of commentary.
Thousands of domainers are expected to protest this new measure, which will include a fee of $1 for every lie detection test, as a contribution to the Dead Domainer Fund – in memoriam of Alexander Schubert’s initiative.
“I don’t like being called a liar and a cheater, just because I copy and paste press releases from “domain” Google alerts, verbatim!” said domain blogger Anna Smyth.
“I have two twin boys to support as a single soccer mom, and I need to make money from such sponsored posts,” added Smyth, who also performs as an exotic dancer in Ft. Lauderdale during the weekends.
Meanwhile, well-established domain bloggers who depend on such exciting domain industry UDRP decisions to generate blog traffic, were furious.
“I study, research, hand-pick and edit every UDRP result at the National Arbitration Forum before I post my personal view and expert analysis,” said Domain Barbed Wire owner, Andrew Hollerman.
“As a professional domain blogger, I feel insulted that I will have to disclaim any agenda behind my research and sources, and to justify my alleged obsession with GoDaddy patents,” added Hollerman, who is often mistaken for NameMedia director, Ted Olsen.
Perhaps Rick Schwartz’s intentions were grossly misunderstood in the first place, and he simply wants some peace and order in the domain marketplace.
What do you think?