I wrote an article a few weeks back called “Keep your whois details current – Especially keep your adminemail domain registered!“. When I was writing that article I didn’t have a major registrar in mind. I thought that people that are obliged by ICANN to remind registrants to keep their whois details current would do the same for their own domain names. I was wrong.
I am talking about Dotster/MyDomain.com/Domain.com that is still a big registrar no matter how screwed up things seem over there.
And this is just another example. Not only did they manage to let Namewinner.com expire and drop (maybe it was their decision) but they also left at least 678 domains with an administrative emailaddress that is “firstname.lastname@example.org”. That is almost 2 months after namewinner.com dropped.
The domain Namewinner.com was used to run a backorder service that was very popular back in the day. One of the best catches was WWF.com for the remarkable price of $8.75 back in 2002. But that is another story…
The domain Namewinner.com dropped on the 25th of May and it was auctioned off at Namejet that caught the domain. The winning bidder paid $2,622 to get it. Namewinner.com is now parked at Sedo and it is for sale. The winning bidder from China seems to own more than 1000 domains.
I am very curious as to what traffic it gets. Well you will have to subtract all the curious domainers like me visiting the domain.
Well that is where the problems (for Dotster) begin. DomainTools.com says that the email address“email@example.com” is associated with about 678 domains. I have found quite a few myself. I bet most of them are .info domains from 2003 as I have seen 10s of these as I scan whois details. Most of these domains are for Sale at Sedo with buy it now prices. They are probably for sale by Dotster that stillhas a lot of domain inventory back from the namewinner days.
I don’t want to drag this thing anymore but I tried something and it seems that if the new onwer ofNamewinner.com wanted to take control of these 678 he probably could do it within a couple of minutes. Time some people over at Dotster/MyDomain.com/Domain.com to wake up and take care of their domainsinstead of hiking up registration and renewal prices.