Everyone’s got them. But not all of them are true.
Spend much time on domain name forums or at trade shows and you’ll hear a lot of conspiracy theories: auction tampering, domain renewal notices “lost” on purpose, etc.
I hear more than my fair share. Every week I get a few tips from people that turn out to be completely false. Sometimes I spend a couple hours investigating; other times I can dismiss them within a few minutes.
For example, there was the person that commented on Domain Name Wire that GoDaddy was taking longer than usual to appraise his domain name because the company was trying to find a way to steal his very valuable domain name. That domain name was probably worth $10.
Then there was the person who swore that Network Solutions was shill bidding on NameJet auctions for its expired domains. He showed me the same person who kept jumping in auctions at the last minute to bid. There was only one problem with his theory: a little snooping showed that the bidder was Frank Schilling.
The big companies face the brunt of conspiracy theories and GoDaddy gets more than its fair share. Look, GoDaddy is far from perfect but that doesn’t mean it’s conniving to steal from you. A lot of times I’ll hear from non-domainers who find Domain Name Wire through a search and are upset that GoDaddy “stole” their domain and sold it to someone else.
Psst. It’s called an expiration date.
By no means am I suggesting you stop sending these conspiracy theories and shenanigans to me. On the contrary, keep ’em coming. They keep me busy. And sometimes we hit pay dirt!