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Re: Old Domains

  • Subject: Re: Old Domains
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@schestowitz.com>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 07:59:55 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.internet.search-engines
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / Manchester University
  • References: <dc5qc3$fit$1$830fa795@news.demon.co.uk> <2qvee19gvr05cnvtp2ppocqsr7ug3dt0re@4ax.com> <dc8cuv$1a3h$1@godfrey.mcc.ac.uk> <r3fge19b1e8hcuehceagas19h86grm03kr@4ax.com> <urrge19a81kocrel3bh3cjmtnvh7o65os3@4ax.com>
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Big Bill wrote:

> I agree with Dave about the old domains thing, he'll need to be buying
> domains that were already associated with the subject he intends to
> fill them with though, dunno if he realises that but he probably does
> and should have mentioned. And I agree with what he says about sub
> domains. It should be born in mind though, that when you or I say we
> added new content to a site we generally mean a few pages of original
> content here and there. Dave reproduces public domain content
> thousands of pages at a time, hence the large number of visitors he
> gets. So if you or I add a few original pages to our little site about
> our Aunt Petunia's pressed flower collection, as is our wont, we can't
> expect the same kind of visitor figures. Which you might notice he
> entirely fails to mention.

I have learned to accept Dave's conduct over time. There is no harm if the
content is public -- something _which I failed to grasp at first_. I think
he is doing a fine job delivering people what they search for, however at
the expense of smaller sites whose owners are the _authors_, who will get
greater gratification from visits. When I published a modified version of a
GPL'd (General Public Licence) project that I had hacked on, I had some
unjustified feelings of guilt. If not _all_ the code is genuinely mine, I
think the other authors must be credited (in terms of stats), which is not
possible. That's what the GPL is all about though.

Getting back on topic, I have seen some sites that got acquired by different
owners but stuck to related topics (often restricted by the domain name,
e.g. palmnews.com will not become a family page).

I wonder if pages that have _existed_ for many years are merited? I know
that a long-term registration entails an advantage.


Roy S. Schestowitz

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