I bought a domain name for personal use several years ago. After I got busy on other projects, I realized that I might never get around to developing this site, so I put it up for sale. It is only likely to bring about $400, so I haven't paid a lot of attention to it.
Not long ago, I was browsing some statistics in my database of historical web access logs and noticed that the vast majority of hits, on this particular site, came from an area that is known for extremist groups. Googling for the site name took me to a few comments about my domain. Some pretty crazy people are apparently interested in it.
I have two choices: treat it as 'just business' and accept any offers that they make -OR- make it as difficult for them to buy it as I can (raise the price, take it off the market, etc.)
This particular variety of nut groups is detrimental to everybody, in my opinion. So, for now, I have raised the asking price to ten times the original value and accepted the reality that it will never sell. Maybe I'll use it as a blog on 'how to get along with other people'...
Not sure if it's related to your situation. But for konzentrationslager.de Sedo refused to auction the domain end of last year.
Imho domain merchants do have a responsibility.
There are a number of history-related domain names that could be perverted into use by nut groups. Like mine, most of the domains are not offensive by themselves, but just attract the wrong kinds of potential buyers.
Business is business. People will continue to be ignorant irrespective of if they have your domain.
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Whether or not some people remain ignorant is not the point. My only responsibility is to avoid helping them to promote their ignorance. If they can't get their hands on a clever domain name, then maybe they won't influence quite as many other ignorant people.
Shaw, your approach is refreshing and, I think, the right one. Most people would be likely to sell to the highest bidder for a few hundred dollars and not look back. By sharing your thoughts here, you may help others understand that while there's a legitimate place in life for hard-nosed business decisions, sometimes our basic values have to trump those other considerations.