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06|23|2007 11:46 am EDT

TRAFFIC – the doMAIN event

by Adam Strong in Categories: Events

Over the past few weeks, there’s been an ongoing battle royale between Rick Schwartz and Domainsponsor and many people believed that the simmering pot would likely boil over at the actual TRAFFIC event. Tuesday night proved this prediction true as witnesses claimed to have seen a very heated exchange of words and fingerpointing outside of the hotel as Schwartz apparently laid into Domainsponsor staff about the DomainJam party they sponsored.

What looked like a continuing battle of power however finally has apparently come to an end. Several people witnessed an informal meeting on Wednesday night in the lobby of the Hyatt between Schwartz and Domainsponsor’s Ron Sheridan and then later that evening I was witness to the public “kissing and making up” between Ron Sheridan and Rick Schwartz at the TrafficZ party. This may be old news to some as I really didn’t know how to write up the story until I gave it some thought. I’m glad to see this happen and I think it was desperately needed.

Over the last few weeks I’ve had several people unaware of the issues ask me what was going on and why there were so many emails coming from the TRAFFIC camp.  Many of the comments included “this is so bad for the entire business” or “this has to be stopped”.  Hundreds of posts appeared at namepros, domainstate and dnforum pleading for this feuding to stop.  Many more people unaware of relationships and issues between both parties simply did not understand the “airing of dirty laundry” or in Sienfeld terms “the airing of greivances” that came as a result of this battle.  Let’s hope the damage that was done is not irreparable.  Thanks to both parties for burying the hatchet and moving on with business.

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Donna Mahony

June 23, 2007 @ 12:05 pm EDT

There is an old saying that the cream rises to the top. Spectacles like the one Tuesday night in the lobby are not good for this industry at all. My hat is off to Lawrence Ng, Ron Sheridan and all the folks from Oversee.net who realized this and stepped up to the plate and did what they thought best for the entire industry. Since they never responded to any of the mud slinging, I would not have expected anything less from them. Kudos to both sides.

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