Something that went unnoticed in the domaining community was that sometime in early to mid-2016, NamePros – the leading domain forum to buy, sell, and discuss domain names – dropped the ball and decided to drop the domain name NamePros.us. If you don’t recall, this domain played an integral role in determining who the new owner of the forum was amongst rumors first announced by the popular domaining blog DomainGang in January 2012.
It was determined later that week by the same source, prior to an official announcement made by the forum’s new management, that Bodis was the new forum owner. This is due to the Dot .US registry Neustar’s policy of disallowing WHOIS privacy. At the time, the WHOIS information for their dot US name reflected the address that of Bodis, albeit their address in China.
According to Wikipedia, NamePros changed hands for a third time in July 2013. It’s still stated that Eric Lyon plays a key role in the day-to-day operations, but, the forum is now in the hands of a private investor. It’s unknown why the new management decided to drop this particular domain, however, there are several reasons that can be assumed ranging from eligibility of dot US ownership to failed billing or even lack of vision for dot US domain names – only NamePros management can answer this, though.
Per WHOIS, the new owner of NamePros.us is from India and goes by the name of Wedielo Losou. Incidentally, they decided that it was best to park the domain at Bodis awaiting a sale.
The new management team still knows branding, though. It appears that they may still be the holders of NameProsSucks.com – a suffix that every company ought to own. This, however, cannot be confirmed at this time due to privacy at Dynadot on both of the dot com domain names. Whether they are or are not the owners of this particular domain now, they ought to take a lesson from other companies such as GoDaddy and still use it for redirection purposes as I recollect them doing so in the past if they are.
Editors’ Note: While writing the original draft of this article live on the forum to be posted in their news section, restrictions were placed on my account to prevent the posting or creation of any new material there. Presumably, this article was not considered newsworthy to the management team as it’s an older, but overlooked, topic that all domain name investors should soak up.