Beware of false Dopes

This is a Public Service Announcement:

Be carefull what you type. I accidentally typed in ** ** and got sent to pop-up hell. I guess the SD is popular enough to spawn its own misspelled domain name spam site. Not porn so there wasn’t even any entertainment value just a bunch of pop-ups. Beware.

Ironically, the top right corner of that page is advertising a free popup blocker.

What, you’re not bookmarked? :dubious:

And you call yourself a Doper!

Ok Mr 5,200, in my defence its not my computer.

That’s Ms. 5,200, thankyouverymuch!

(And when are we going to have another smiley election? The lack of an eye-batting smiley wreaks serious havoc with my ability to use my womanly wiles around here.)

My humble apology. Twickster makes me think Trickster which makes me think of Loki who of course is male. Therefore Twickster is a male name. At least in my mind. Of course that shouldn’t be the standard for anything. :wink:

Bookmarked, nothing. It’s set as my home page!

That explains a few things… :smiley:

I have it on my Bookmarks Toolbar and as one of my homepages but for some inexplicable reason the icon is that of the Mozilla site (red mozilla).

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You ARE running Firefox, right? I mean you’re not using, um that, other, horrible, joke of a “browser”… Please tell me you’re not.

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This is done intentionally. People will register a domain name in the form of a common mispelling of a popular site, and thus take advantage of the accidental traffic.

*No I would not give you false Dopes
On this strange and mournful day
Cause the Popup and Spyware union
Is only a mouse click away

Oh, little darling of mine
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a firewall
I know they say let it be
But it just won’t stay out that way
And of course my Norton runs
Over and over again*

With heartfelt apologies to Mssrs Simon et Garfunkel

Apologies only needed to M. Simon; M. Garfunkel had been jettisoned by that point.

It’s also a violation of the rules for registering domain names and against of the AntiCyberSquatting Act of 1999 in the U.S. It’s a matter of whether the infringed party wants to go through the trouble and expense of getting the site shut down.

So how would you get it shut down? Do you have to sue in a regular court or is there some other method set up? I’m assuming you are screwed if the site isn’t in the US.

Probably more details than you wanted, but…

If one wanted to pursue this through the courts, even if the name was owned by someone in another country one could go through U.S. courts under the idea that the name registry is run out of the U.S. in Virginia and so they had jurisdiction. Of course if the registrar the name was bought through wasn’t in the U.S. they probably wouldn’t do whatever the U.S. court told them to do just on general principal.

ICANN (the body that runs the domain name system) before the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 already knew the the courts were a really complicated way of trying to get anything done, so it set up a universal dispute resolution process (UDRP) that anyone who has one of the top level domains (in this case, .com) had to agree to use if a dispute should arise. The main problem here is that it’s a minimum of something like $1,500 to bring up a UDRP case to try to take a name away from someone else, and then you probably have to pay a lawyer to write up your complaint, and the money isn’t refunded if you lose. I guess the idea is that UDRP is usually cheaper and faster than a long, drawn out court battle and kind of has precedence over the whole world… except that if the loser of UDRP decision wants to he or she can take the case to court after that and sometimes get the decision overruled. In some cases this has been a good thing, like when the UDRP panelist(s) come to a decision not supported by the policy they are supposed to be following. In other cases it’s just more hassle.

The nicest thing about going the U.S. court system (with the US ACPA of 1999) is that the loser can be fined big bucks. Through UDRP the most that can happen is the name gets dropped or taken away and you are put on record as losing so probably look more guilty to start with if another case comes. A number of immoral people play the system, knowing that.

Can never have too many details as long as they are correct. Thanks.

Actually Loki was a shape-shifter and could be either male or female, whichever suited his (hers, its?) needs at the time.


Last time I had some false dope, I spent sixteen hours convinced I was a radish.