I’m sure we’ve all done it…we just don’t know it.
A Domain Name Wire reader sent a story about a gambling addiction group that had to change its domain name. Its founder passed away and the group’s original domain name expired. No one in the organization caught this until it was too late to renew the domain.
The original domain, BettorsAnonymous(.)org, went through the full deletion cycle and was picked up at DropCatch at the drop. The buyer appears to be in Malta.
So the organization changed its domain name to bettors-anonymous.org with a hyphen.
I wonder how many times I’ve acquired an expired domain name under similar circumstances. My most interesting story is when I acquired an expired domain while the previous owner was in prison. That made for some tough conversations when he got out of prison.
Some high-profile names have expired due to the owner’s death. Carrot.com was auctioned at GoDaddy after the owner died but was rescued.