PSA: if anyone emails you from krita.biz, krita.io or krita.com with this "proposal", DO NOT FALL FOR IT, it's a scam. We don't own those domains and we will never spam you. Please spread the word!
@Krita But it'd be hard to sell an ad that isn't for Krita, and if it is, the net result is... Free advertising for Krita? Not sure how that's in a spammer's interest.
I guess if they put their fake domain, that's about as good as it gets...
@krita is there a way to claim those domains? (probably costs a lot of money and time I would guess?) it's so scummy to abuse a cool project like this.
@conatus Not if they've already been bought by someone else (except for more money than we've got). And even if we could, it would be impossible to buy ALL existing and not-yet-existing-but-possible krita.[whatever] domains and renew them every year.
I think you can find the DNS provider and send them email screenshoot. It should stop providing the scammer.
«Hello dear, please me give a moment of your time. Krita team is eager to collaborate with you.
Krita is a free and open-source raster graphics editor designed primarily for digital painting and 2D animation. It features an OpenGL-accelerated canvas, colour management support, an advanced brush engine, non-destructive layers and masks, group-based layer management, vector artwork support and switchable customisation profiles.
We would like to consider integrating a 30-45 second ready-made promo into your media space (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube), can we consider that?
Sincerely, Krita - Digital Painting Studio»
@krita no problem; these things happen.
(Though IIRC there are bots that can automatically warn you if you post media with descriptions, and both your instance or you yourself can add CSS to make undescribed media stand out by for instance adding a red border around them). :)
@krita I assume the from-headers are spoofed then?
Because it looks like the .biz isn't registered currently, .io actually redirects to your .org (though I guess it's possible they plan to eventually do a bait-and-switch to their own spam page once it gets enough traffic), and krita.com has been used by Swedish indie band Twig since at least 2008 (krita is Swedish for chalk, though aside from that I'm not sure why they picked that domain).
@krita one thing you can do is get these emails flagged as spam by GMail. There's probably a way to get to their abuse team.
As for namecheap not responding - that's where you go over their head and reach out to ICANN.
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