I hate cyber-squatting. I've had to deal with cyber-squatting miscreants in the past, and have no sympathy for any of their arguments.
Why not? Well lets deconstruct the logic behind the arugments. (Many of the below arguments I've run into in other debates.)
1) edstelmach.ca is an obvious domain name that Ed should have registered.
Really? So he should also register edstelmach.com, edstelmach.net, edstelmach.org, edstelmach.tv, edstelmach.ab.ca, edstelmach.info or any of the other hunderd or so TLDs available? What is a quick and cheap purchase for one domain becomes a real PITA if you are "required" in the Internet age to register your name as a domain. I won't even go into the almost infinite permutations of estelmach.ca, ed-stelmach.ca, familystelmach.ca etc. etc. etc. There are countless "obvious" domain names depending on your intent and what you are trying to promote or use it for. Registering each and every "obvious" domain name could cost you thousands of dollars.
2) You should register your own name, to protect yourself.
No. You should register a domain if you intend to use it. What if there is another Ed Stelmach out there? Say he's a budding professional photographer and wishes to go online under his professional name? By parking a domain name, you make it more difficult for someone with legal, legitimate intent to go online.
3) I'm just having fun.
Well then grow up, give the domain back, say your sorry. Just because the Internet is a largely unregulated free-for-all, doesn't mean you have to act like a jerk.
(H/T Calgary Grit)