Participants and Rules for the Hand Registration Contest

After looking through some of the comments and seeing several dislikes for my reason for not including more people, I decided to choose 9 participants for the hand registration contest. With my participation, that will mean there are 10 people in total participating in this contest.

I used to select the participants more fairly, and they are listed below. I will send each participant an email to let them know about their selection and advise them of the rules later on today.

The ten participants are:

  • Me
  • Rich
  • Rahul ย Chaudhary
  • Kevin Davis
  • Doron
  • Alan Shiflett
  • Ammar Kubba
  • Aaron Strong
  • Konstantinos Zournas
  • Gabe Quash

There is no prize for this contest, but it will probably provide some level of validation of the winner’s ability to choose and hand register good domain names. Once the registration period has ended, each participant will email me his list, and I will make sure the rules were followed. I will then post the 10 lists without the participants’ names, and you guys can vote for the best list.

Here are the rules:

  • Only 10 names may be submitted
  • All names must be newly hand registered between December 23, 2013 – December 29, 2013 (US / domain registry timezone – ie Whois creation date must be within that time period)
  • No pending deletes permitted
  • All names must be registered under privacy so people can’t see who registered each list
  • Participants must pay for their own domain name purchases and privacy
  • Participants can’t encourage people to vote for their list or mention which list is theirs
  • Voting will take place with a PollDaddy poll shortly after I have verified the names
  • If there’s some funkiness with the PollDaddy poll (ie someone “stuffing the box”) I may use an alternate voting tool.
  • I reserve the right to make changes to the rules before the contest in the event someone brings up a good point about a flaw.

As I mentioned in the initial post, since I am participating, there is no tangible prize of value.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
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  1. Good luck to all those selected. A very interesting exercise to see other people’s thought processes. I wasn’t selected but I will probably have a go anyway just to see how the names I pick stack up.

  2. This thread needs more trash talking. Ammar Kubba can’t register a hand reg .biz to save his life. The guy who works for godaddy best not front-run. .. . oh zing yea i said it. whatcha got . Aaron Strong. yea more like Aaron WEAK. (always wanted to lay that back on someone). I’m sure Elliot has this one in the bag though. He’s been saving up to buy all the honey boo boo and Phil Robertson typos. Go Team Elliot !

  3. Elliot@
    Can you please elaborate the term “pending deletes”?

    A domain that was registered,dropped and i’m buying it for $8 is that considerate pending delete?
    OR a domain that was never ever registered?

    Thank you

    • Here’s how Register Compass describes pending delete:

      “The registry sets this status after a domain has been set in REDEMPTIONPERIOD status and the domain has not been restored by the registrar. The domain will not be included in the zone. Once in this status all registrar requests to modify or otherwise update the domain will be rejected. The domain will be purged from the registry database after being in this status for 5 calendar days.”

      I don’t think it would be fair for someone to win a pending delete auction (like and which were both pending delete auctions) or or exclusive drop house purchase and then use them in this contest.

      The domain name doesn’t have to be totally new and never registered, but it shouldn’t come from pending delete status.

      The spirit of the contest is to find 10 names sitting unregistered during the time period and purchase them, with readers deciding who bought the best list.

      One reason for no reward of financial value, aside from my participation, is that there is a bit of a grey area in the rules, and I hope participants stick to the spirit of the contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have been hand registering my own 10 to see what I can come up with. The best code I have is for Godaddy at $2.95


    And of course it’s not an affiliate link because……well….its not a link

  5. My last ten registrations from the last two weeks are as follows:

    Also using above coupon(s)

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