The opendomain.org site seems to have acquired nunit.net, a domain we thought about using but didn’t. Now I’m sorry, since they could use it for pretty much any purpose.
The info on their site says that they acquire domains to keep them squatters. As far as I’m concerned, they are squatters. Presumably, we could request and be “permitted” to use the nunit.net domain to point to either of our sites, but only by putting links to their program – and thereby appearing to endorse what seems like a questionable effort.
Maybe I’m over-reacting, but I’ve been burned by folks who speculatively snap up domains before. Our local (Seattle) XP user group lost use of seattlexp.com when one of the members forgot to renew it. It was in the hands of one of these “investors” shortly after and we haven’t been able to get it back. These guys look like the same sort of outfit, with the extra wrinkle of trying to gain support by “giving back” the domains – at least as long as they feel like letting you use them.
In searching for opendomain, I found that they are in a dispute with the creators of WordPress, coincidentally the very software I’m using to blog this. See this entry for example. I don’t know anything about the facts of this case, but my sympathies go with the folks who contribute their efforts to creating this great open source program.
Since opendomain.org doesn’t give you any way to contact them – except to “apply” for a domain name – I’m blogging this in the hope that someone will tell me who they are.