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    Yeah, I'm asking for help for a change.

    I'm looking for a short term to describe the following:

    1) Company A provides marketing services for Company B.
    2) Company A registers domain name for Company B of the form (Company B Name)inc.com, since Company B already owns (Company B name).com.
    3) Company B finds out a few months into the marketing service arrangement, and was never made aware of said domain name registration previously.

    I don't want to use the word "scam" for legal reasons, and "fiasco" doesn't really fit, either. But I'm looking for a term that's 1-2 words in length, ideally short words, to describe this.

    Any thoughts?
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    Depends on how you want to use it - I am assuming that in this case Company A has been charging Company B for a marketing campaign based on the newly registered domain?

    In that case two fairly civilized scenarios occur to me (remember, I'm [S]overly polite[/S] Canadian):

    - if you're Company B and asking for redress from Company A you could call it the 'domain registration error' and ask them to hand over ownership of the domain, then redirect to the main domain and concentrate all marketing efforts on the existing domain, while not paying for any marketing wasted on the new domain.

    - if you're Company A defending yourself (for whatever imaginary reason) in the face of Company B's displeasure with the situation, and you wanted to do the right thing, you could call it the 'free domain registration' and immediately hand over ownership of it to Company B, while issuing a credit for any marketing expenses wasted on the new domain, and redirecting your efforts to the existing domain.

    Is this within the scope of what you were asking?
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    Attempting to, yes. The problem is that Company B, through one of its contractors (who we'll refer to as "I/me" hereafter) discovered the domain registration registered by Company A through a third party marketing company and also discovered an inflated traffic/referral count based on the domain registration and another non-Internet aspect of the marketing campaign. I have been in touch with Company A and they mentioned that the domain name would be given to Company B as it is Company B's property. This hasn't happened.

    So, what I am planning on doing is building a website outlining the issue and informing others of the issue as a warning, because this potentially affects several other companies (15 of which I've potentially verified manually; several thousands, possibly in the six-digit range, could be affected as well). Hence the reason I was looking for a short term, along the lines of say (Company A Name)scam.com. I'm not going to use this example because it really isn't a clear scam as such, and I don't want to incur legal wrath. But I think this should shed some more light.

    Sorry I'm being so vague about it, too...I actually can't say all that much before a lawyer looks over the site.
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    "(Company A) Domain Issues".

    Suggests a problem without accusing outright.
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    speculative marketing ?
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    "domain issues" isn't bad, but it doesn't actually cover the whole scope of the problem. "Speculative marketing" is a bit too long.

    I'm leaning toward "alert". It is available. I'm just not sure whether or not it sounds too accusatory...as in (Company Name A)alert.com.
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    Has anyone suggested 'caution' ? Or is that too close to the accusation line?

    I think 'alert' is good - sounds a warning without being an accusation, as 'scam' or 'rip-off' would be.

    I would add, however, that a great many of the spammy e-mails and site redirects I get are to 'ALERT!' (in big red letters) me to a wonderful deal I may miss out on if I don't hand over all my personal info and an option on my firstborn...
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    Hmmm. I never thought of that angle. Since this site would presumably be passed by email, I don't want a red flag word.

    I'd say "caution" would be along the lines of "alert". It's somewhat accusatory.

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    How about something as simple as 'info' - after all, it sounds as if you will be offering information about this company and their practices on the site? (you could even register the .info domain as well and redirect...)
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