As most of you probably know by now, I try to stay away from blogging about controversies in the domain name world. That being said, it’s hard for me to stay out of this one so I thought I would share my thoughts, and keep it short and sweet since in my humble opinion this is pretty cut and dry.
You should not be allowed to bid on your own auctions, period. If you do this, you are, whether you mean to or not, increasing the price of your own domain names. If you did this in an art auction, car auction, home auction, or just about any other type of auction you could go to jail.
It’s always disappointing to see the domain industry become even more divided but let’s be honest, there’s not much grey area here. If you bid on your own auctions and drive up the price (which last time I checked is what happens when you bid on your own auctions) you should be banned, period, end of story.
That’s my two cents, what do you think?