Rather than just write a new single subject story each time, Domainer is also going to reintroduce a regular news bulletin of snippets relating to domains in Australia. By regular, this means perhaps twice a week at this stage! We used to do this some time ago.
Drop.com.au reintroduces some transparency into the expired auction process
In an email sent to its customers late on Friday, Drop has announced that a new auction format is going to be in place as from today. Apparently we are now going to be able to see all bids made on every domain name. Given some of the transparency issues that have dogged Drop (and the resultant bad publicity), this is welcomed by a lot of people. There are some other tweaks in place as well. Please let Domainer know what you think of the new system.
auDA’s new charges for external review of complaints
auDA has revamped their multi-level complaints and appeal processes. These changes come into effect today. Probably the most significant change is to the final step of the process. This is the “External Review”. Once costing the applicant just $250 + GST (which was refunded if review was successful), it has now increased to a minimum of $2000 + GST (no success refund mentioned!). auDA and the applicant will share this cost 50/50. Full story here.
Monetisation and the new .au licensing rules
For those unsure of the new rules in relation to monetisation, this auDA blog article could possibly help. One thing Domainer takes out of it is this statement:
To ensure you remain eligible to hold your domain name you may need to update the basis on which your name meets the allocation criteria.
While you will need to assess what is best for your own circumstances, you may wish to register a matching business name to ensure you meet the allocation criteria.
A little bird has told us
Is there a competitor to Drop in the wings? We have good reason to believe so. This rumour has been around for a little while now – and will no doubt be welcomed by many people – including probably auDA. 🙂 Competition is a great thing!
More soon …