I tested this.....
.....with my own domain name, like: nonsense.planetenpaultje.nl/ and all the permutations I tried reverted to the registered name. Very nice job by my registrar (should be standard configuration with any registrar of course).
Shameless domain registrar and web hoster Network Solutions is hijacking its customers' sub-domains, filling these pilfered pages with a sea of money-making ad links. And you can guess where the money goes. Earlier this week, a man named Win Betteridge told TechCrunch that Network Solutions pulled this clever little trick …
I hope before I die I may once be in a position as a IT Director or such with seven figures or better worth of business with VeriSign.
Just so I can go out to an expensive restaurant on with regional sales managers, on their dime of course, and at the end of the meal tell them my company will do business with VeriSign over my dead body.
Their policies screwed with me on my main personal domain back in the 1990s.
It's the only company (or person) I truly hold a grudge against and they so soured me back then with detestable policies and piss poor attitudes I will never, ever under any circumstances voluntarily conduct with business with the slithering snakes again.
If my hosting provider did something like that then I'd be looking for a new one ASAP, even if you can opt-out it's morally wrong that you're automatically opted in, though when did morals ever get in the way of making a quick dollar...
I still say Bill Hicks hit the nail square on the head with his piece about "if anyone here is in marketing or advertising, kill yourself" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDW_Hj2K0wo
Fortunately, I manage my own dns servers and don't have to suffer sites being hijacked, but even using "notwork solution's" site to administrate my domains is painful - almost every operation requires clicking through force-fed crap while paying them for the "privilege".
Ten years ago they had my respect and confidence, but now they're little better than a well run spam operation systematically milking everyone at every opportunity, and I resent being treated like a gullible customer.
If one has to become a registrar to be able to manage one's own domains painlessly, then sign me up!
sub domain wildcards...
I use network solutions and I have assigned sub domains that go to various places however I assisgn a wild card to my sub domains that basically says. whatever you type... you're coming to my primary location. That negates the whole issue. However I do agree, this stinks!
Mines the one with the "Domain names for Dummies" book in the pocket.
Only it's worse. If you make up a subdomain that starts with "www" (ie www8.darklurker.net) you first get a very simple parking page that for some strange reason seems obsessed with porn and adult "novelties". But if you refresh that page, you get a much milder page with no porn. WTF? There is no porn on darklurker.net, so I can't see why GoDaddy puts it in the parking page. Maybe they are just a bunch of horny sex-crazed buggers after all...
Anyone involved with the net thats over 30 will recall at one time Network Solutions was the ONLY game in town.
Network Solutions (like many American Corporations) once had a good standard of business but fell into the American Corporation Trens of Greed and "Do whatever we want" mission statement.
When people PAY for something there should NOT be loopholes allowing others to make money from that Paid service or product.
Offering an Opt Out for something that most users are un aware of should be illegal to say the least. Where I live policy, terms, conditions and the such are NOT bindable or enforceable unless one has been made aware of it. Sticking "Questionable" items deep in an EULA should not be allowed either.
I have a set or Terms and Policy as well (yes its actually legal) and anyone using my Debit Card to take a payment becomes bound to them, the notice is on the back of my card, so if I was with NS they would owe me 90% of the revenu.
Remember Network Solutions is/was in mega Legal hot water with ICAN for holding Domain Names that people looked up using the NS WhoIs. That should have been a sign that other "Questionable" issues would follow.
Suggestion: DONT USE Network Solutions
deserve to get shafted as badly as the sum total of what they've dished out to others. With interest. I will never again do business with Network Solutions, Inc, nor with any known subsidiaries, successors or assigns. Two of the first questions I ask any Web-development client prospects are "who is your hosting provider? who is your registrar?" If either of those come back "NetSol" or "I don't know" (depressingly common for registrars), I show them a whois on their domain along with the first few pages of search-engine results for "network solutions" and several 'colorful metaphors' such as those expressed above. You'd be amazed at the cluelessness; some of these people wouldn't know a cluetrain if it ran them over whilst they were tied to the rails.
@John Lodge: "a touch unethical"? is that like "a little bit pregnant" or "slightly evil"? Details (off-list, natch) would be highly appreciated; ay and all available weapons we can use to beat these fraudsters and those who would willingly become victims into a bloody pulp with only subatomic cohesion are, in my view, a Very Good Thing.
when the search engines index the pages.
Then you have brand shift which is not under your control but is tied intimately.
Personally I have kept an eye on this phenomena, and this article has made me go and sort out a DNS server for my domains.
It is just a touch unethical on the registrar's behalf, but they really only sell you the registration - the name resolution has to be done using a name server, and that is not what you have bought, it is an added thing. So, yeah sure most would not buy a domain that could not be resolved, so they do tend to give this away to drive sales. But, it is not their responsibility on the purchase of the domain name, to provide a name server to handle the requests. That would be a different product.
It is like buying a car with no petrol in it. Most places will give you half a tank or so, until you can get to a petrol station. Of course what they do here, is say no need to buy petrol as long as we can advertises on the wheel caps etc.
Thing is most people don't understand DNS - and to be fair it is not that simple,.Until you realise that we don't need any of these governing bodies in DNS you have not understood DNS. The governing bodies are useful to have but not a necessity. If enough people wanted to drop the current DNS system - it could be done overnight, I am not sure why we don't do it actually, it is a good way to make an elitist tech only DNS system, IP 6.5 anyone? - keep the barbarians from the gates, without going too dark netesque.