If you've ever registered a domain, you might have noticed a soon-after influx of unsolicited emails from people purporting to be search engine optimisation experts, mobile app developers and web designers. You might have also received a handful of daily calls from people offering the same services.
We feel your pain. We've been there.
Thankfully, there are providers out there that provide domain privacy. They have some limited ability to filter out spam, and it means that none of your personal details appear on the public register. For this, they charge an annual fee that's often more than the price you pay to register the domain. You're paying protection money so that you're not subject to unfair harassment. It's the guy knocking on the door with his hand out, saying:
"Nice domain you got there. Be a real shame if you had to be pestered with dozens of daily calls and emails about it, wouldn't it?"
That's why we created the Domainbeard project.
Because email and telephone are the most common ways for people to contact you about your domain, we thought it'd be nice if you only needed to receive the emails and phone calls that really matter. We're working on technologies and approaches to discourage nuisance emails and calls, and prioritise messages from legitimate sources.
The system just ain't right
We're working with a domain regulation model that allows spamming to run wild. The emphasis has so far been on ensuring transparency to domain ownership in order to bring integrity to the web. The cost of this integrity measure is that a world of people with questionable integrity are able to fill your inbox with messages and harass you with phone calls.
Domainbeard has a few main aims:
- Use technology to protect domain owners from email and phone spam while allowing legitimate enquiries to get through
- Use the collective data to improve it's trust and filtering algorithms get get better at what it does
- Integrate user feedback system so that the inconvenience of several users can save many more the hassle
- Act as an advocate for change in the requirements of domain registration and public listing to provide better protection for those wanting to quietly write a blog or run an online business.
- Actively pursue known spammers and their ISPs, having the supporting evidence of potentially thousands of users
At the moment, we're gathering data and refining our systems. We'll aim to release our initial data from limited tests in January 2018. This will give us initial data about many characteristics about whois spam, which will improve our filtering and management mechanisms. We'll then open up use of the system to beta testers in February 2018. If you'd like to follow the progress, or join the wait list of the Beta trial, then use our contact form.
Oh, and free
We're pretty early in on this project at the moment, but one thing that we have firm in our mind is that this service will be free of charge for all users, forever. We need each other. You need us to guard you against spam, and we need you to report on messages received and add your data to the evidence we send to ISPs fight against spam.