Today, a domain name investor called Mr Modesto lost dozens of generic domain names when auDA placed most (possibly all?) of his entire portfolio onto the public domain name auction platforms.
Domainer is lead to believe it had taken him over a decade to acquire some of these highly sort after generic domain names, at great expense.
The domains auDA confiscated from him and released to the public today included;
You don’t get any more generic than this!
I personally own escooter.com.au and would have been willing to offer him at least $5000 to acquire his escooters.com.au domain name (as my side-hustle business grows, for brand protection purposes, and if it hadn’t appeared on the drops today!).
How much money has auDA caused Mr Modesto to lose today, and in years to come (as domain names become more valuable every year), because of their actions?
Was this one single person at auDA who made this decision? Or a joint decision?
What is the reasoning behind deleting someone’s entire portfolio of domain names? His ABN associated with owning the domain names appears to still be valid.
But… wait until you read this…
auDA Policy Deleted Mr Modesto’s OWN SURNAME today!
Today, auDA also placed Mr Modesto’s domain name “Modesto.com.au” (his own surname) into Policy Delete.
On checking the WHOIS a few minutes after the drops today, it appears Mr Modesto has just had to buy back his own domain name (surname). And to the exact same entity too.
To me, it looks as though they just placed his entire portfolio of generic domain names into Policy Delete without any sort of due diligence on individual names. Am I wrong?
Perhaps a representative from auDA, or Mr Modesto himself, can take the time to write to Domainer and explain what happened today?