The other day I received this email:
I was wondering if you’d have any interest in VRshader.com or shader.tech for future projects? Both of those domains are for sale.
This came out of the blue, I haven’t needed a domain name in years. Still, this email made me so angry that I decided to not ignore the email (as I’d normally do to such random emails) but play a bit and make my point to him. I went to the domain and entered the following in the purchase request form:
USD $ offered : 0
Details to your offer:
“Hello. I really like the name of the domain, it’s perfect for the kind of work I do.
I can accept $15,000 from you in order to grant and transfer ownership and control of this domain (vrshader.com) to me. You can transfer me the money whatever way is most convenient to you. That money will help me take a few weeks off (non paid vacations) so that I can work on uploading quality educational content for people to enjoy for free (since education must be free). It will also help me pay the servers/hosting.
I have a full series of tutorials of shading, procedural content, gpu and maths in mind that I believe people (students, hobbyists and preofessionals alike) would enjoy. With your support I can make it happen.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
It didn’t take but a few hours to get his response:
Thank you for your interest in VRshader.com. Sorry for any confusion. I am only looking to sell this domain to a buyer, I don’t have any intention to build up the site. I only want to sell the VRshader.com domain. It seems like you would be able to put it to good use. If you would like to purchase the domain, please let me know.
and mine followed soon after:
“Hi [omitted name],
I’m confused too. If you are not interested in building the site and bringing some content to the internet… why did you purchase the domain? Just to make creators that might need it pay you for… having not added any value, for having done nothing? (I won’t purchase the domain, of course).
It is fuckers like this guy that make the world a worse place. Of course this instance of motherfuckerism has no impact in the big picture, and it doesn’t affect my life. But think what happens when people whose brain operate like this asshole’s are in positions of power. Such a politician or a banker or a CEO can crew people’s life by the hundreds or millions.