The idea of pre-registration and sale is something which has been playing on my mind. I believe it is something that Maidsafe absolutely should do both for funding and practical reasons.
Pre-Registration would be the process of registering:
- All top level domains, as they will become obsolete and a target for fraudsters. E.g. .com, .org, .co.uk, etc. These should never be usable and remain unsold.
- All popular second level domains (say, top 50k), as they will be targeted by squatters to the detriment of users, the companies associated with them and maidsafe.
The sale of these domains could begin as of now. The price of them would be tricky to set, but should not be extortionate or too cheap - big corporations can afford to give something back to help fund further development of the network. Moreover, it would be a one off fee to have the name forever.
Concessions could be made for those companies who are willing to create a SAFENetwork website, provide technical/development help, etc.
I believe the maidsafe foundation should own these names until sold and maidsafe should organise the registration and sale.
If maidsafe do not take this action, I fear it will not only be a huge financial loss for maidsafe and the network, but it will also harm NRS. If most popular clear net names lead to bogus sites, it will behave news all round - fraud of users and extortion of associated companies will become prevalent.
NRS as a concept and technology is superb and being able to freely choose names is brilliant. However, we must both be conscious of existing market forces and also on the windfall. The latter should go towards constructively building the network, rather than allowing parasites feeding off it while it is in its infancy.
Please could someone at @maidsafe comment on this, as I believe it is pivotal to the success of the company and the network itself.