15 years ago today I embarked on a journey that I never really expected. I joined Namepros on October 18, 2004 out of boredom. I had been registering domain names since 1997 but outside of spending time at the original Afternic I did not spend much time discussing domains with others. Friends and family thought domaining was one of the dumbest things they had ever heard about.
I joined Namepros and really got into looking to sell things fast. This was a mistake when I look back at some of the names I sold at Namepros on a wholesale level, (Sayy.com, 880.com NNL not NNN, R75.com, 7499.com, 7599.com, etc…) It was a combination of boredom and being impatient.
In 2005 3Character.com was born out of the Namepros chatroom which at the time was real discussion and not the spamming of domain names for sale already listed in the marketplace.
Later in 2005 I started the Dot TV subforum which was the first extension specific discussion area on the forum. There was good and bad that came along with that. Dealing with trolls, a 20 hour a day unpaid job, something that at times started to feel like a cult. On the good side of the coin there were a decent number of members who made good money in the extension, being asked for quotes and having some articles republished in mainstream publications and the people I became friends with.
I spent 12 years as a mod, helped to put in some features and rules that are now standard practice, so that’s been nice. I wrote the seller’s guide to Namepros.
Namepros 2019 is nothing like Namepros 2004 or Namepros 2012. I thank RJ for everything he did to help build a community that looked to be the Superman to DNForum’s Lex Luthor. Old timers like Kenny and Michelle and those more recent like Eric Lyon have helped to keep some of that nostalgia from a time gone by. Older members like Stub, Brad Mugford, wwwweb and Biggie, just to name a few provide consistent contributions on a day in, day out basis.
The Namepros of today benefits from a guy who really knows tech in Paul Buonopane and the helpful members like Bob Hawkes, James Iles, MapleDots, XyNames and many more.
I don’t know if it’s been the best use of my time but it has been an interesting 15 years and 13,000 posts.