The Reveal Wall Times

News and Action from the front line of NameBase auctions!





The Reveal Wall Times is a whenever-weekly news ditty which reports on anything that may be of interest happening in the DNS-introverted, small world of NameBase auctions - a sufficiently unpredictable place that is oddly appealing and addictive in a retro video game sort of way. Bidding competitively on a block chain in anonymous Vickrey auctions with people from around the world on domain names with no clear valuation brings out the usual human behaviors with a few unexpected extras.

We do our best to cover it, but make no mistake, we have no idea what we are doing and are not above printing gossip, wild conjecture, pet theories and JohnnyWu suckup pieces. You've been warned.





The Reveal Wall Times
(issue #12)


7/19/21 (The Long Jeff, Bezos Time, if there's a chime in TX and nobody hears it... )

Multi-duplicate Emojis Hit Their Stride as Discord's Selling-Names Channel Opens

In what might be developing into NameBases's first real estate boom of sorts, the multi-duplicate emoji market is starting to take on a life of it's own. Double, triple and above duplications of the same emoji as Handshake TLDs are highly popular both on the inter-Discord market and on NameBase's Marketplace. What seemed to of started a few months ago with a single buyer making cold offers to owners of double emojis on NameBase (NB) has now blossomed into users actively promoting and offering to sell doubles and triples they own. It seems that on NB Discord a bit of a following of users has formed who count on the emoji buyer(s) to keep their HNS wallets fat. The mini market for double-emojis has skyrocketed from a few hundred HNS about four weeks ago, to more than 5,000 HNS per name today (ex - xn--5m8ha). It is hard to say if these prices are being created by general demand or a single committed whale, but the market, at least for now, speaks for itself. Even multi-duplicates of five or more emojis are selling in the 200 to 300 HNS range.

Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, take your pick of card game analogies. Like these games, the newly created "selling-names" channel on NameBase Discord continues the popular buying and selling of Handshake domain names between members. While it's a small club to be sure, selling and buying TLDs on this channel makes it one of the busiest on NameBase Discord. The selling-names channel name was recently minted, but its text scroll and history comes from the original auctions-and-marketplace (AaM) channel. The name change was done due to concerns about shilling and promotional posts starting to overwhelm the "vertical space" of AaM. A new channel was then created on July 13th, 2021 called "auction-and-marketplace-mechanics" to allow the original idea behind AaM to flourish without selling getting in the way. Perhaps because it is brand new, "auction-and-marketplace-mechanics" is currently missing from the NameBase Discord #channels "Table of Contents" (see there Johnny, somebody gave you an easy one to fix for a change).

Getting back to the lifeblood of RWT, here is a quick rundown of NameBase auction trends. Foreign language punycode auctions are back on the scene with the most popular being Hindi, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and some Greek. Every possible TLD combination of "dao" continues to be tried as these auctions keep coming in. They look very similar to the huge "blockchain" TLD combinations that were done not long ago. Place names with USA cities and states keep trending while large sets of "alt" or non-IDNA emojis show up from time to time. The total number of English four-letter domain name combinations continues to be whittled down as large sets continue to be auctioned off. Most of the grammatically possible combos such as "subb" seem to of been used up and now it is mostly dictionary TLDs like "xxyy". There also seems to of been an uptick in auctions and sales of ASCII emojis, which we don't see very often. Lastly, if you are looking to relax with some 420 themed names, you are in luck, numbered "thc" and "cbd" auctions will be lit in about three hours from now.

Like everyone else, we can't resist a shot at bathroom humor by showcasing our latest favorites - "takeadump" and xn--ls8h6gd


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)

Reported by Semper Augustus


(previous RWT issues - https://dmd.delivery/handshake.html)







The Reveal Wall Times
(issue #11)


7/11/21 (Failsafe box, Primer Time, watch for earpieces)

Emoji Slaughter #2 - Sunday Night Special

This Sunday night (July 11th - Left Coast, USA) saw a repeat of what was reported just over a month ago in the second issue of RWT. For the second time, there has been a massive release of 2-character emoji auctions started with a minimum opening bid of 0.40 HNS. Unlike the first emoji frenzy, these auctions appear to of originated from NameBase (NB) and not Bob wallet as they were opened with 0.40 HNS, the NB minimum. Surprisingly, the fate of this #2 set of emoji names appears to of been the same as the first set - most of them were captured with a single, slightly higher winning bid with no other real bidding drama.

A month is a significant amount of time on NameBase, and it would of been expected that the continued escalation of competitive bidding pressure combined with ceaseless emoji popularity would have caused more of a fight for these TLDs. But no, the vast majority of these domain names went gently into the reveal night with only a single, light bid weighing them down. Exceptions to this were emojis with flags from popular countries like the USA or Europe. One example of this rare bid fight was xn--w77hd547a, which may of been a result of the Olympics angle.

The overriding theme for this huge 2-character group was all of the smiley face variations coupled with either crossed-out "18" balls, dollar signs, peace signs, or, as always in life, a few turds. In the middle of the deluge the auction author transitioned to national flags, which have been particularly popular these days on NB. As the night wore on, flags of the world were kept, but the smileys were ditched for bombs, airplanes and asterisk symbols. The set finally ended with more flags combined with the landing airplane symbol and an airline seat. The auction creator was particularly adept at using a wide variety of national flags.

It took hours for this giant emoji train of at least 700 nicely-priced auctions to pass through NB and go to reveal. From our vantage point, it appears the biggest problem with this emoji fire sale was that regular bidders and snipers couldn't bid fast enough on names in these overstuffed blocks before they were flung over the Reveal Wall by Handshake miners.

Speaking of which, it does seem like that as of late the Handshake blockchain is really humming along. While there are still the regular deer blocks here and there constipating the blockchain flow, overall it looks like slip times between blocks are smaller and the chain feels like it is moving quicker.


The other bit of news for today was an unusual number of single emoji characters that were all sold at the same time on NameBase's Marketplace. The majority of these domain names sold for less than 30 HNS and appear to be from the same owner. Due to the fact that many of these are popular emoji symbols, and especially because they are single characters, the surprising low selling prices for this group suggest emojis may be currently overvalued. But, you know, they're still cute.


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus


(previous RWT issues - https://dmd.delivery/handshake.html)



CORRECTION - Thank you to blockdomains, nftldew and supercheap for their eagle-eyed fact checking of our story. As they have correctly pointed out in the NameBase Discord channel, it looks like those single emojis on the NB Marketplace were non-IDNA which would obviously explain the low selling price.







The Reveal Wall Times
(issue #10)


7/6/21 (Hydrogen molecule, Zeptosecond Time, really short attention span theater)

Roundup and Grab Bag News for Early July 2021

With the feast (Indian 0 bid auction flood) and famine (recent OPEN backlog) out of the way, it appears to be business as usual on NameBase auctions. Regular fat blocks filled with themes such as 2 character emojis, random 4 letter sets, numbered words (that's you uri and test) and coin and crypto name variations continue be popular auction groups. At the risk of going snowclone here, we will say that five letter TLDs seem to be the new four letter TLDs as a slew of these auctions are now starting to appear. Even better, it looks like you can still pick up these five-character names cheap as ones like "grase", "heyme" and "rajet" just went to reveal with the minimum bid of .4 HNS. It also looks like there are fewer personal names coming up, both first and last combined as well as last name only.

The 5.50 HNS bot, if it was really a bot at all, seems to of retired for the time being - maybe it is just resting, waiting for lockup funds to recycle back. While there have been fewer foreign names and less variety of languages recently, the Chinese TLD buyer(s) seem as keen as ever with a real bid/counterbid battle just fought over xn--3kqzj98d4wi. This Chinese puny code translates to the "June 4th Incident", otherwise known as the famous Tiananmen Square Protests.

Following the usual trend of unpredictability, NameBase's recent change to snappier transmission of user's bids appears to be slipping back a bit as last minute bids are no longer getting through consistently. For the last couple of weeks, snipers have been able to wait until the last few seconds of the last block to place a successful bid.

In secondary sales on the NameBase Marketplace, there was a rare sale of a two-character domain name. The TLD "2t" sold today for a very reasonable 3,026 HNS. The next lowest priced similar two-character, "2i", is currently on sale for 5,000 HNS. For quite some time there were no two-character TLDs for sale, but this sale appears to be part of a large group of one letter/one number combinations currently up for sale, perhaps by a single individual. And proving that art can imitate life, "blackcock" just sold for 6,000 HNS, while its racial alter ego sits for sale at 5,000 HNS.

Last, but not least, the relentless double and triple emoji buyer continues to spread the love. NameBase Discord members have even commented on counting on this buyer for regular, easy sales of their emoji names. It looks like this buyer(s) is also coveting the quadruple and quintuple emojis, but at far cheaper prices.


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus


(previous RWT issues - https://dmd.delivery/handshake.html)







The Reveal Wall Times
(issue #9)


6/30/21 (All your asteriod are belong to us, Hayabusa Time, deep space)

Forecast for End of June - Light and Variable with a Chance of Heavy Auctions Later

As reported in the latest RWT Flash Report, the shortage of Handshake domain name auctions coming to close continues as JohnnyWu hints that the issue should be clearing up "by the end of this week". A quick look at the NameBase "Ending soon" seems to show a flash flood of TLDs for bidding coming in about two days to quench the recent auction drought. Befitting this returning tide, block #74640 has an emoji of a rainbow and a stack of british cash which looks to kick off the return to fat auction blocks.

It has been mentioned on the NameBase Discord channel that all of these held up auctions should result in a opening-the-flood-gates surge going to reveal. This usually presents a field day for snipers who use high volume blocks to pick up names cheap. It remains to be seen if this will happen - as of right now, the number of names per block looks a lot like what they did before the drought.

Rounding out trends for the end of June, the double and triple emoji buyer(s) is still at work with these domains fetching as much as 5000 HNS now on the resell market. No doubt the plummeting price of HNS is contributing to the fast rise in these sale prices.

Four character TLDs continue to attract heavy bidding competition and lockup prices, but resell prices remain lackluster except for popular or clear use cases. There seems to be fewer than normal foreign domain names coming to auction, such as Chinese TLDs, but we have no real proof of this.

Following in the USA national news tradition, we are closing with a feel-good, uplifting report. In the spirit of apparently helping out bidders, an auctioneer is adding a "0" to his or her auctions to make it clear these are 0 bid/0 HNS. An example is "gooddot0" closing at block 74639.

And lastly, this same auction creator and others are clearly celebrating the winding down of the pandemic with iconic name auctions that spell out what people really want to do now that things are getting back to normal - examples are "fuck-me0", "fuck-me", "fuckwits" and of the course the classic "fuck-u".


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus


(previous RWT issues - https://dmd.delivery/handshake.html)







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #8


6/22/21 (The Fisthole, Siebenhengste-Hohgant-Höhle, Swiss Time - trying to stay dry)

Flood Waters Recede as Massive Indian Surname 0 Bid Auction Set Finishes

It seems the huge set of "No Bid, 0 HNS" auctions that have been inundating NameBase for the last couple of days have finally finished. As far as we can tell, the block stuffing started around Handshake Block 72721 and finished at Block 73230. This means these auctions ran for an astonishing 500 blocks or about three and a half days. The theme for most of these thousands of auctions looks to of been Indian, Bangladesh, Austrian and Arabic surnames, but it is impossible to know for sure. This is because doing a Google search of many of these TLDs gave ambiguous results or no real results at all.

There has been some musing on the NameBase Discord channel about the how and why of this colossal drop of "0 bid" auctions. The how would be "How can you open an auction with no starting bid and no HNS?". The answer here is that clearly these auctions were created from a non-NameBase wallet/system (such as Bob wallet) as NameBase requires a minimum of 0.40 HNS to open an auction. As for the "no starting bid", well-known Discord member "sebastian.rasor" had this to say, "... there’s always the possibility that you can just send the auction open tx and never send a bid".

The curious part of this mystery auction dump is the "Why?" part. This is because it appears that a vast majority of the auctions slipped into reveal with no bids at all. From our understanding (we may be wrong about this!), auctions that go to reveal with no bids have their names "recycled" back into the Handshake namespace where they can have another shot at finding an owner.

If the auctioneers of these names understood this, then this may of truly been an altruistic offering to allow everyone a chance to bid on a Handshake TLD for as little as possible. On the other hand, if the auction creators mistakenly thought an auction they started, which attracted no bids, would automatically go to them, then they may of made a strategic mistake.


In other news, while the look and feel of NameBases's account GUI is not something we really cover here at RWT, NameBase (NB) recently has had its first major visual design overhaul and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback about it. Probably the most welcome addition to the NB Dashboard for auction bidders has been the "Your active auctions" module, which not only neatly displays TLDs you have bids on, but crucially informs users when they are being outbid. With the exception of a (temporarily?) missing "Total Number of TLDs", most everything about the NameBase upgrade has been a welcome improvement.


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus


UPDATE (6/24/21) - NameBase now shows the total number of owned TLDs in the Dashboard again







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #7


6/18/21 (West Bengali Tiger Time, Sundarbans)
** Happening Now as RWT goes to Press - 7am PDT, USA **

Tidal Wave of Indian-German TLDs Wash over NameBase

In an event that is happening as we write this article, NameBase (NB) is currently being flooded with a massive group of Indian and German domain names that are up for auction. The most recent RWT Flash Report noted that auctions starting with 0 HNS are increasingly rare - it appears we spoke too soon. Every single one of the auctions for the Indian-German wave have a starting bid of 0 HNS.

Because the bulk of these auctions are closing in the middle of the night USA time, when there is traditionally few auctions, there is an almost endless sea of these names. In fact, it is difficult to establish when this huge slug of TLDs actually began, but it looks to be around block 72635. Describing this group as an "endless sea" because of its sheer size is not an understatement. RWT could not actually find the end of this monster set because our browser seized up at the +8 hour mark of the NB "Ending soon" list - we were at German names starting with "U". It is unusual to report on a set of closing TLD auctions that are so large we can't say when they will end.

We did a rough statistical sample of this uber word mountain and came up with this. In one approximate 7 hour period, at least 4,000 of these Indian-German auctions closed and slipped into Reveal.

It appears the auctioneers strategy of flooding NameBase in the middle of the USA night was mostly successful. This releasing of big groups of low priced auctions together to protect them from snipers is nothing new. It is much like how a school of fish sticks together for protection from predators - in this case, the mass of simultaneous auctions makes it difficult for bidders to place their bets in time. In fact, like a wind of good fortune at the auctioneer's backs, time between blocks was indeed very quick early on.

We did see a few 5.10 HNS counter bids for easy wins and a few larger bids on valuable 4 character names, as you would expect. There did also seem to be one persistent sniper who was bidding just over the 0 HNS to win on hundreds of auctions, but he appears to of finally given up in the face of the Borg like Indian-German crush.

Interestingly, many of the Indian/Bangladesh looking names don't show up in google results, indicating the auction creators may be from these countries because they have local knowledge of these TLDs. Many of the German style names appear to be Austrian. Also of note, somewhere around block 72722 some of the closing auctions switch to German nouns and adjectives for a starting bid of 1 HNS.


So, if you have ever had a desire to own an Internet piece of the Indian Subcontinent or you fancy something between Bavaria and Austria, this may be your chance to get it cheap!


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #6


6/14/21 (Croc Lake, Dorunda Ranch - Queensland Time)

Fewer Bidders and a More Responsive NameBase Good for Auctioneers and Snipers Alike

Lately on NameBase there seems to be a general consensus that fewer bids are being placed on auctions. This idea is supported by ShakeStats which shows a near complete return to a bid rate which hasn't been seen since December of 2020. From the start of 2021 to around May there was a steep increase in the amount of Handshake bidding activity. Since May there has been a tapering off from this bubble to the rate we see now.

Contrast this with an apparent improvement in how NameBase batches it bids, which has resulted in snappier last minute bids. Comments such as, "I honestly have had very few failed bids recently..." have been seen recently on the NameBase Discord channel.
This is important because as of about five months ago (un)official advice on NameBase (NB) was to bid by block 20 to insure your bet was placed on Handshake. Subsequently, regular grumblings about commonplace sniping being "lottery" like in its randomness fell mostly on deaf ears. Most who spoke for NameBase explained that "...there's thus an inherent risk-reward spectrum for placing your bids at the end of the bidding period..."
However, at the end of March, while speaking on the NB Discord channel about other changes, JohnnyWu said, "...(we're actually making a change that should make last minute bids WAY more reliable,...". This "change" seems to of been rolled out in April and has resulted in even very last minute bids being transmitted to the Handshake blockchain. For at least the last month, there are accounts of NB users getting bids sent that were placed in the last few seconds of the last block before reveal.

This illustrates the quick pace of change on NameBase and that, while it can be slow at times, NameBase does address complaints about usability issues, eventually. Most of all, these changes seem to have resulted in some good karma for Auctioneers and Snipers - two groups who have not always had an easy time on NameBase.


Reported by Semper Augustus







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #5


6/9 (Line Island time, South End of Long Islet, Caroline Island - It's a brand new day!)

Auction, Buying and Selling Trends on NameBase for Early June 2021

Double/Triple Emoji Buyer

There seems to be an avid buyer of double and triple same-character emojis who has been operating for the at least the last few weeks on NameBase (NB). Offers to TLD owners started in the low hundreds of HNS and now are peaking just shy of 2000 HNS. Seems this buyer still has crypto to burn as these sales continue to show up in groups on NB Marketplace.

5.50 HNS Bot?

Another regular trend on NB auctions lately has been a very consistent bid of 5.50 HNS on countless auctions. This bid is only placed when the current high bid lockup is less than 5.50 HNS and seems to never double bid even if outbid by only .000001 HNS. This has cause some speculation that this bidder may in fact be a bot. People who have experience bidding against the mysterious 5.50 say it also has an extremely consistent bid/blind pattern pointing again to the possibility of a bot.

Two Character Emoji Auction Starts and Sales

Groups of two character auctions continue to pop up with many being great deals depending on time of day and bidding pressure. This seems to be driving an increasing number of sub-100 HNS for sale offers on these domain names. At the same time, based on sale prices, multi-character emojis which include the "middle finger" emoticon seem to be relatively unpopular with buyers.


The Last Bid

Block slip times (minutes between Handshake blocks) are continuing their usual, irregular over/under 10 minute times punctuated by regular, unpredictable flash block slips of 1 or 2 minutes or even just a few seconds. Four character TLDs are still being bought up in groups, perhaps again the work of a single determined buyer or maybe just a pattern where there is none. It seems these days there are fewer and fewer domain names on the NB Marketplace that are under 100 HNS, but this is the "price" of success in a competitive market.

And a last bid of good news for all the namers, directors and snipers out there in the NameBase/Handshake namespace to remember. With a bit of looking, you can still find a 0.4 HNS auction and, who knows, make a bid, you might get lucky!

(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)


Reported by Semper Augustus







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #4


6/8 (Andamanian time, South Sentinel Island)

Possible Waning Consensus Among NameBase Members on "Best" Bidding Strategy for Important TLDs

While there are a few public forums for discussion of Handshake and NameBase such as Reddit, Handshake Mercenary and Shakestats, the stand out in terms number of members is the NameBase channel on Discord. The NameBase server has hundreds of members, but like most Internet forums, there is a cadre of regular commentators that provide a narrative for what the board seems to believe in. Most prominent of all for guiding this narrative is the Discord moderator, Johnny Wu.

With NameBase newcomers regularly being eviscerated in auctions, usually at the HNS end of a well placed sniper bid, there have been enough public complaints by newbies and old hands alike that a routine bit of advice has grown into a maxim on the channel. "Bid once, bid early, bid your maximum", with minor variations, has been the standard suggestion by Johnny Wu and many members for avoiding the pain of losing an important domain name. While there has been some dissent and discussion on the channel about the wisdom of this strategy in the face of raw auction capitalism, most people seem to support or at least accede to this guidance.

Recently, however, a member of the NameBase Discord channel (blockdomains), has published a post titled, "Thoughts On Handshake Top-Level Domain Market Dynamics" which seems to distance itself from this bidding doctrine. Referring to this "Bid once, early, maximum" suggestion, blockdomains states, "Although this advice stems from good intentions and applies in certain situations, its applicability has prerequisite conditions, not all of which are consistently present in Handshake TLD auctions." The article goes on to summarize that these "prerequisite conditions", "Does not exist in Handhake" or are "Not the case in Handshake" for all five conditions listed.

It is important to note that the mention of resistance to this bidding "axiom" in blockdomains' post is only one small part of a larger, excellent feature story about NameBase auction tactics and dynamics and is part one of a four part series.


Official mention and link for blockdomains post can be found on the Handshake Weekly Highlights (June 7th, 2021). Direct link is here - https://blockdomains.substack.com/p/thoughts-on-handshake-top-level-domain

(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)


Reported by Semper Augustus







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #3


6/4 (arava moshavnik time)

Chinese Names Continue to Fetch High Auction Prices on NameBase

While there has been a brisk, consistent trade in auctions with Indian, Russian and Arabic languages since the start of the year, the real high stakes action has been on Chinese TLDs. As early as mid 2020 there was regular bidding pressure on Chinese auction names that came up on NameBase (example - xn--qby). In comparison, at around the same time last year valuable english TLDs were being auctioned with few or no bids against them.

However, lately, auctioned Hanzi names have been attracting ferociously competitive bidding with large amounts of HNS being put forward. Because of the semi-anonymous nature of bidding from NameBase accounts, it is difficult to say with any certainty who or what is behind the aggressive bidding seen on these auctions. However, there is a belief that many of the high prices paid for these Sino-TLDs come from Chinese mainland bidders who are looking to own a piece of their country's Internet real estate on the Handshake domain system.

Some proof of this possible cultural buying can be seen in Chinese language notes on names (xn--6cs) for sale and the regular use of the lucky "888" on pricing of these names (xn--mrru19d).

In addition, the particular bidding style for these TLDs has remained the same since those earliest auctions when native Chinese people were the most likely buyers. Auctions tend to start small with incremental bids, but quickly escalate to large, last minute sniping bids with no blind. Another common feature among these auctions, which goes back to last year, is very large lockups which are all blind, with no actual bid amount.


A quick look at the NameBase Marketplace under Punycodes reveals that many of the highest priced names are Chinese. At the same time, a quick tour of sold names shows very few Chinese character TLDs compared to other punycodes. All of this seemly suggests a strategy by mainland Chinese buyers to get Handshake names early, at auction for any price, and then put these TLDs on sale for top dollar and wait for a buyer. This suggest a long term, patient plan on the part of the world's most populous nation.


(anyone with more information on this story or other NB auction news can contact us at revealwalltimes@messagebox.email)



Reported by Semper Augustus







The Reveal Wall Times
Issue #2


6/2 (early morning, left coast USA time)

Two Character Emoji Slaughter

In the wee hours this morning there was a huge dump of 2 character emoji domain name auctions. Open bids on the new auctions were mostly at 0 HNS and so appeared to come from a Bob wallet. While there were a few competitive bids placed for popular names, huge swaths of these TLDs were snapped up for a minimum bid of .4 or .41 HNS without a fight. It seems towards the end of the emoji blood-bath a bot bidding 5.5 HNS stepped in or perhaps it was the original auction creator trying to defend their names. The majority of the emojis were 2 character combinations of fruit, drinks, tiki, black hole, trees and medals in almost every possible combination. Current estimates indicate at least 100 - 200 emojis went across the auction block in fast succession.

The auctioneer may of been counting on his or her auctions skating through sight unseen in the early morning following the Memorial Day hangover, but at least a few bidders took advantage of the rare emoji free-for-all.


At least part of the auctioneers strategy appears to of been the "flood auction" approach. So many emojis were put up at once that many couldn't be bid on in time before they went to reveal. In the thick of the auctions, blocks were closing out in less than 30 seconds making it impossible for snipers to get their shot in.


Reported by Semper Augustus