Last time I issued the $100 Challenge and the kids did a good job of cleaning me out (I was really impressed with their eagerness and creativity). However, in today’s class I issued a new $100 Challenge and also a $5 Challenge. Below I have outlined the new challenges with their rules.
What this challenge entails is finding a five letter word or less in the dictionary that is not already owned as a dot com. Example: Paul is in the dictionary, if nobody owns www.paul.com then the word would be eligible for the $100 prize.
The$5 Challenge is not much different from the $100 Challenge. The only difference is that I will pay $5 for every word. The five letter limit is removed from the $5 Challenge. However all other rules apply. Also, any words that were used last time are disqualified.
Here are the rules (please read because they have changed from last time):
1. The only website you can visit to find out if this word is available is www.whois.net. If you violate this rule you are disqualified. I am not making this rule to trick you, I just know that this is a safe site.
2. This challenge expires when the first student finds a word that is not registered.
3. The $100 challenge is awarded by student and not by teams.
5. To figure out if nobody owns a dot com you go to www.whois.net and type in the very first field that says, “WHOIS Lookup.” Just type in the word and don’t add dot com to it (look below for directions).
7. This rule is extremely important. There must be a definition provided for your word. Just because it is in Dictionary.com doesn’t mean you qualify. If it only provides one word as the definition then it is doesn’t count. If the only way to get a definition is to use a derivative of another word then the judges do not recognize this as a valid word.
8. You have to provide the definition with every word you submit.
9. No foreign, scientific, or archaic/extinct words. This rule played an important factor in last times challenge. Scientific includes any study in chemistry, geology, biology, and yes, even herbology. We are trying to avoid obscure and bizarre words.
How To Check To See if Someone Owns a Domain:
1) Go to Whois.net IMAGE REMOVED
2) Do a Search on the word by typing in your word and pressing “Go!”
3) If you see the below screen your word is owned by someone else IMAGE REMOVED
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