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Wikipedia Yields to Protests and Stops Redirecting Searches on "Domainers" and "Domaining" to a Cybersquatting Page

We are happy to be able to report  that online encyclopedia Wikipedia had yielded to protests from the domain community and stopped redirecting people to a page on cybersquatting 

when they enter "domaining",  "domainer" or "domainers" in the site's Search box. Now those searches lead to a revamped page on the legitimate business of domaining that is largely the world of veteran domain investor Max Menius of North Carolina. We reported on this issue in our current monthly newsletter in whch we also printed the original document that Menius submitted to Wikpedia. What appears on their site in a heavily edited version of what he wrote, but it is still an enormous step in the right direction and one that gives their visitors a fair capsule summary of what domaining is.

We wrote more about this incident with Wikipedia in a Lowdown post on Tuesday when we also had to take Los Angeles Times 

blogger David Sarno to task for unfairly disparaging this industry. No correction or apology has come from him or the Times which tells you all you need to know about how much regard they have for accurate and unbiased reporting.

Everyone who took the time to file responses and complaints with Wikipedia and in the commentary section of the L.A. Times article is to be commended. This industry has its bad actors just as all industries do but it is important that media outlets be reminded that it is grossly unfair to demonize any industry or group for the actions of a few. 

Elsewhere, .US fans got some more good news this week when TechCrunch reported that the social recruitment service at Koda.us has gotten another $1 million from private investors to complete a $3 million round of angel 

funding. For newer non .com domains like .US (which wasn't opened to public registration until 2002), increased usage by viable businesses and high profile organizations or individuals is the key to future growth and higher aftermarket sales. 

(Posted August 6, 2009)


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