cheap domain and ssl certificate

John R. Levine johnl at
Tue Dec 20 17:13:47 UTC 2016

> Indeed. Once free/almost free "generic" top domains emerged like .pro,
> .blog, .tech, .design, ... spammers immediately jumped in and started
> using them for their wrongdoings. I have a feeling that these domains were
> specifically made for their advantage. ...

Having met some of the people who run these domains, I'd say you 
overestimate their ability to plan ahead.  What generally happens is that 
they had a business plan and revenue projections which they missed because 
their domains serve no actual need.  So they panic and have a cut price 
fire sale, at which point it's utterly predictable that the only customers 
interested in bulk cheap domains are crooks.

Let's Encrypt, on the other hand, was intended from the start not to 
charge so their system is working the way it's intended to.

John Levine, johnl at, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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