How to allow contestant-owned names

After a number of very good names that I have submitted were later registered (Not claiming foul-play necessarily…sometimes just a coincidence, sometimes questionable), I have started registering the best of the best of my names myself. I know this has been addressed in the forum before, but submitting a mis-spelled domain name and then adding a comment to say I own the correctly spelled domain but will transfer the name if I win seems confusing. What about a check box for “I own this name” that would disable the availability checker and allow ‘taken’ names to be submitted?

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Thank you for bringing this point up, our team has been working on adding a feature which will allow creatives to submit names that they have personally registered and bypass the domain availability check feature. I will have more to report on this soon!

-Rachel

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