I have been buying and selling domains since long time and it’s really awkward to see when a pure domainer is hiding his name and email ID while going through the WHOIS search. I used the word pure domainer because they are into domaining world and knows the pros and cons of this business.
As every domainer is looking to sell their domain names and still hiding the WHOIS which makes no sense to me unless it’s a TM domain or you are not interested in selling domain name now or in near future and for this reason you are trying to avoid receiving any domain inquiries from potential buyers. In this case, it makes sense to me. In other circumstances, I don’t think it’s viable to hide your WHOIS information from general public.
In my early domaining career I put one of my domain behind the curtains and received couple of inquiries a year but since I got rid of that several years back I started receiving frequent inquiries and even people started calling on my cell which was really exciting. To me it makes a lot of difference when you hide and display all contact details.
I would like to know what is your experience with hiding and displaying WHOIS with general public? Do you agree with me or have anything else to say?