To Shame or not to shame that is the question? I touched upon this subject of name and shame a few years ago, the world is a bit different now has many use doxing as a weapon in many areas of life. You can read here, here and here when it comes to dealing with racists or political differences.
Some believe that name and shame is the way to go, that domaining is a small tight knit industry where everyone outed will face the scrutiny of the community as a whole. Those that don’t pay for domains they agreed to buy, those that don’t push names they agreed to sell will become outcasts.
Rick Schwartz has used HallofShame.com to focus on those that have engaged in Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.
When it comes to this topic domain investors seem to be in agreement. When it comes to the topic of non payers or bad sellers the field is rather split.
So there was new thread on Namepros where someone mentioned someone in name only that backed out of a deal.
That brought about another thread Doxxing Yes or No. The OP opined that domainers don’t like be called squatters and if they become known as “doxxers” that hurts the whole business.
Now I believe there is a difference to real doxing and what say Sedo does by giving a seller the name of a buyer who backed out.
Sedo considers an agreement to buy a legal binding contract and the seller has the right to pursue taking legal action, that has nothing to do with Doxxing, not in anyway shape or form.
Refusing to follow-through with a successful bid
Buyers automatically enter into a legally binding contract to purchase a domain from the seller if their bid is accepted by the seller or if they accept a seller’s offer to sell. Give careful consideration when making or accepting offers. Sedo’s user agreement requires buyers to pay for the domains that they have committed to purchase. Buyers who refuse to follow through with domain offers that have been accepted by the seller are potentially liable to the Seller for breach of the sales contract to which both are parties.
That’s different imo then someone posting the name, address, workplace, phone number, etc… of someone who backed out of a sale.
Lawsuits do happen, Mike wrote about MD.org on NameJet here.
Now different countries have different laws on doxing or naming and shaming. The U.K. for instance has a law, The UK makes doxxing, trolling and encouraging abuse online illegal. Ambitious new legislation in the UK is trying to set limits and guidelines on acceptable behavior online. … Doxxing has also become prosecutable, if you publish someone’s home address, bank details or other sensitive personal information.
Feel free to leave your opinion on naming and shaming.