So I've seen on several explorers that people are already bidding on names. It seems like I remember watching a video where someone was talking about Premium names and how you could have the equivalent of a .com on the EOS blockchain, but instead it could be IDK .history or .grace or whatever you want it to be. Then people with a domain name on a hosting service can direct their domain name to you premium name. So for example it would be ancientrome.history.

If this is what I think it is, then I definitely want to bid on some names. I see in CLEOS when you type in ./cleos system -h that there are actions for BIDNAME and BIDNAMEINFO but I keep getting errors when I put in a NEWNAME after I enter BIDNAMEINFO and wondered if I need NODEOS set up (which I haven't done yet) or if I'd have to use a Block Producers node to bid on some names?

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You need to use a BP node to bid on some names.

$ cleos -u https://user-api.eoseoul.io:443 system bidnameinfo hello
bidname:                             hello
highest bidder:               ha4daobxg4ge
highest bid:                             1
last bid time:     2018-06-10T14:33:25.500
  • Ok so the names that are being bidded on are just account names then?
    – Brian M.
    Jun 11, 2018 at 13:01
  • All users have the same rules for bidding; BPs don't get special treatment. Names that begin with . will never be biddable because that's not needed. If you win the bid for com, then you become the registrar for names which end with .com automatically. Jun 23, 2018 at 14:22

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