Back in early January, I planned to revamp and relaunch my blog: The one you’re looking at now. As part of that, I was researching various domain names. I wanted something simple to remember, easy to type, and vaguely Eve-related.
Initially, I found that minmatar.com had expired from its previous owner in December. Being the noob that I was (and arguably still am), I waited a little while in the hopes it would get deleted. After a couple of weeks I started researching the admin and ‘pendingDelete’ periods and calculated that the domain would become available at some point on 28th February.
Not really wanting to wait all that long to relaunch – I had things I wanted to blog about! – I went with an old favourite, minmatart.com, because both my main characters are Minmatarts if I’m being totally honest. It also happens to be the name of my super-old webcomic about Eve that I started building at the very beginning of 2004: Minmatarts.
I checked up on minmatar.com yesterday. At midday it was still pending. 2pm still pending. Then I had to go out and run some errands in town before the shops shut. 5pm, status: OK. ‘Ah well’ thinks I, you snooze you lose, and at least I wasn’t hanging on it all that time before starting my blog: That would have made me grumpy and at the same time been a stupid mistake to make.
I decided to check it out; see what the new owners were up to… Domain reseller. They don’t even intend to do anything with it other than sell it. That’s just depressing.
I investigated further, out of idle curiosity, to see how much they wanted for this ‘valuable commodity’. They don’t, but you can enter a bid to buy it from them… for a minimum bid of $1000. Bastards.
Long story short: I don’t so much care that I didn’t get the Minmatar domain name, but it makes me sad that it won’t be used properly – by someone in the Eve community.