Initially I too felt there was something wrong with my suggested names being registered (one within hours) and one I really wanted to own but was waiting for CH feedback… But once SH assured me it’s against their policy I knew it had to be coincidence that the names went. I think domaining is catching on as a serious hobby and good quality domains are getting scarce very quickly. Also what would stop a CH from mentioning a really cool name that they liked but don’t need to someone else?? Protection of reusable and valuable ideas falls in our lap not the platform. My suggestion is to register the name and then submit as basic or basic plus entries because if not the CH someone surely will buy the domain soon enough. Getting really valuable names are sometimes just being at the right place at the right time through research and gut instinct. You believe in a name then don’t look at the 10-12 dollars… Just get it and build up a good solid portfolio overtime. One of the things I do is keep discarding low quality names for better ones and that’s how you overcome the learning curve IMHO.
@Kamable yes I too recently suggested this to them. Instead of rejecting our price they just need to give their objective price so the ball is in our court. It also saves this roundabout dance of request for review by trying to guess why a solid good name got rejected.