I have been in contact with the owner of Peercoin.org over the past several weeks and have talked it over with some members of the community about the possibility of using funds from dead projects on Peer4commit in order to purchase the domain name for the community. After some debate on this issue, it seems that it might be best to leave these limited funds available for use in Peercoin related project development instead.
But instead of giving up, some of us want to see if any large Peercoin holders will be able to come to our aid and help the community with purchasing this domain name. It’s not worth it to spend our limited development funds on it, but if we have outside help from a whale or two looking to help the community, (and their investment as a result) that is a different story.
The reason why the Peercoin community should value the .org isn’t about current traffic associated with the domain. Traffic is one of the reasons the name is worth it to the current owner, as it generates passive revenue, but it’s not representative of what the domain is worth to US. The Peercoin name is our identity. It’s how our customer base perceives us. It’s a lifetime asset that will contribute towards our failure or success.
The .org extension is heavily identified with open source projects, and people expect successful projects to own their brands in the .org namespace. This ‘link’ has been continuously forged over the decades, with multiple projects picking the .org and not the .com, just like business favored using the .com since the dawn of the Internet.
There is also always the possibility of someone purchasing peercoin.org in the future for malicious purposes. What will prevent the new owner from creating a fake Peercoin website with a trojan, offering an altered wallet that steals deposited funds or using Peercoin’s name for offering services and scamming people. This is a very real possibility in the future if Peercoin were to gain any kind of traction and it would throw our name in the mud. We have already had a taste of this when Peercoin.com was redirected to Litecoin’s website for a short period of time in the past, but it could be much worse.
Right now may be the best time possible to purchase the domain. Peercoin has been suffering over the last couple years, but is in the beginning of a turn around phase. A year from now after we start releasing projects like PeerAssets or PeerKeeper, this domain could be much more expensive than it is now and we will have lost our window of opportunity to buy it.
While small donations from regular community members are encouraged, there most likely won’t be enough to fully fund the purchase of the domain. That’s why I’m asking if large Peercoin holders can help with the purchase of this domain name. If you are a Peercoin whale or even know one, please alert them to this thread.
1. The owner of the domain will most likely be reading this thread, so I’ll leave info about the full price of the domain out of this thread in order to prevent negative talk about the owner.
2. If you are a large Peercoin whale and would like to know the full cost of the domain for donation purposes, please PM or email me at Sentinelrv[at]Gmail.com and I can supply that info.
3. In the event the goal is not reached and we don’t receive enough to fully fund the purchase, all donations will be redirected toward Peercoin related development, except in the case where you provide a refund address.
All donations can go to the following Peercoin address…
Withdrawn due to discussion below.
Remember, if larger holders would like info about the full cost of the domain, please PM or email me at Sentinelrv[at]Gmail.com. If you know any large holders, please let them know about this thread so they can help, thanks!