I was very impressed by the domaining community at the outset, but now I’m beginning to think everyone is borderline nuts.
There was an outbreak of the flu (and to some extent, a bacterial infection, possibly Legionnaire’s disease) at DOMAINfest last week, and now the CDC is involved. While I wish everyone who was affected a speedy recovery, I don’t know what’s going on with the blog posts this week.
It reminds me of being in seventh grade and seeing fights break out during recess.
Yes, that’s right—seventh grade—and these are grown men with full-time jobs and families.
One of the problems is that the domaining world is tiny. Word travels fast.
It’s also populated by successful, driven men (for the most part), who have egos, and tempers flare quickly. I don’t know what to report, but the comments in some of the major blogs are starting to read like TMZ.
I suppose, being a newcomer and an outsider (recognizing that many of these rivalries are deep-rooted and were formed years ago), I don’t have room to talk. I’ve witnessed the bickering for the past several months, but it only seems to be getting worse. It’s up to the people involved to sort out their issues in a healthy way, but in the meantime, the rest of us are subjected to it, because these are our sources of news, and people we look up to.
Respect, once lost, is not easily regained.