"There are individuals and companies waiting for those domains to expire, and they know when they're going to expire, and they re-register them," said Ward, referring to domain tasting. Also known as domain kiting, domain tasting is a process by which individuals or businesses register a domain, determine its value based on traffic, and within the ICANN five-day-add grace period, choose to keep the domain or return it for a full refund.
Ward said the frequency of domain tasting has exploded.
The occurrence of domain tasting, or snatching up expired domain names and testing them for profitability, has exploded in the .ORG domain-name marketplace and is causing harm to the nonprofit organizations falling victim to this process.
Nominet, a .uk domain name registry, is placing a limit on the number of registrations that can be deleted by registrars, to prevent 'domain tasting'.
Domain tasting, which involves the registering of domain names followed by assessment of revenue generation potential, has been an increasing concern for more than a year for .com.
The registry will put the limit in place from 8 August 2006, in order to prevent potential abuse of the automated registration service through domain tasting.