I am using Watch My Domains ISP to manage my domain names. This is a great tool for all domainers and I highly recommend it. I was using it checking whois for about 500 of my domains yesterday when I realized that wasn’t getting whois details for my .org domain names. I was getting an ERROR message.
I then remembered that the Public Registry Interest (PIR), the .org registry, run scheduled maintenance on Saturday. All PIR whois servers were down.
I have been using whois.publicinterestregistry.net as my .org whois server for many years and never had a problem with it other that the whois limit that PIR introduced back in 2005.
I tested all the .org whois servers I know and this is what I found:
whois.publicinterestregistry.net (not working)
whois.publicinterestregistry.org (not working giving out this message: Whois Lookup Error: Whois server is currently not reachable.)
So it seems that the whois.publicinterestregistry.net and whois.publicinterestregistry.org redirections to the main whois server were deactivated on Saturday. This seems a bit strange to me as the .com, .biz and .info versions are still working.
I decided to go with whois.pir.org as my preferred whois server with Watch My Domains. It seems to be working perfectly so far.
BTW Afilias Limited is PIR’s chosen back-end service for the .org gTLD. That is the reason that all the “publicinterestregistry” domains are owned by Afilias.