Originally Posted by alex
I have WHOIS masking on most of my ASCII domains because of free promotions and privacy/spam concerns, but I do not have WHOIS masking on any of my IDN domains because of budget reasons.
I just learned that DNOA
offers WHOIS Privacy at part of their membership services. I am considering using the DNOA WHOIS privacy service on all of my IDN names.
1) What are your thoughts on WHOIS privacy options in general?
2) Does WHOIS privacy slow down or complicate the sales process beyond the point where the negatives outweigh the benefits?
3) Are there additional risks of losing the domain through fraud or if a legitimate complaint is made to the WHOIS privacy service?
4) Do you use WHOIS privacy on any of your IDNs? If so, do you use your registrar's WHOIS privacy service or a third-party service?
5) Any opinions on DNOA membership? Is it not really necessary? Or is there a better alternative?
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
DNOA is cool as long as both members are familiar with what it is. It is ideal for doing business on DNForum/NamePros/Domainstate.
It also works like the BBB in that you can give feedback on the seller and post warnings if something wasn't done right. (BBB for the domain world)
However if you do business with someone who isn't a member of it and is not familiar with the name it gets complicated. I use my P.O. box instead of paying for WHOIS privacy on each domain. The P.O. box is around $50/year(could be less) for the smallest one at USPS. I then still have my email address in the whois so I'm able to be reached and conduct domain sales.
Godaddy does have rules of using WHOIS privacy for illegal items or spamming.
I contacted someone about buying a domain who was using Registerfly's whois service. They had something like firstname.lastname@example.org
and when they contacted me back they emailed me using their regular email account cause of of email forwarding. It does help in that step as if you aren't interested in selling you don't have to contact the interested party back and they just have the whois email addy.