This is getting ridiculous from all aspects. I can’t even keep up with all the ridiculousness.
Just after .XYZ launched this ridiculous promotion offering 1.111 billion numeric .xyz domain names at under a buck, a few people found tens of NNN.xyz domains available to register and of course went ahead and registered them. Isn’t this what people do when they find available names?
A thread at the gtld.link forum has a lot of the details of what happened.
One person bought 2 NNN.xyz at $2 each:
“Ps, i think 150.xyz is one of my five best new gTLDs, so I am obviously happy.” Not so fast!
Another person bought 32 NNN.xyz domains:
The result was that later the .xyz registry took all domain names without even sending an email or providing an explanation:
“All 32 of my NNN.xyz domains have had 1 year taken off the expiration date (without a refund) and no longer resolve because they are in the Pending Delete status. It seems XYZ registry is attempting to claw back the domains.
And now it looks like 150.xyz and 185.xyz were just set to Pending Delete status as well. I’ve emailed both Dynadot and XYZ Registry to get an explanation.”
“We received an email from the .xyz registry last night. These domains*were reserved/premium domains, and an error on their part allowed the domains to be registered for standard fees. They are not honouring the registrations, unfortunately.
The domains will be deleted, and your payment refunded. That should be completed*either tomorrow or Monday morning.
My sincerest apologies on behalf of the registry.”
Finally someone expressed his disappointment to the New gTLD program:
“M&M cheated me with indian.cooking
dot paris with fashionweek.paris
dot cologne asked me to drop my names
dot bet cheated me with smart.bet
Frank Schilling increased his renewals
Many domainers already renewed some names for years because they do not trust the registry. This is a reputation catastrophe This basis is a nightmare for the customer (reseller & enduser) .
who cares ? maybe the next registry cares !
I will not spend 500$ for a vist.africa or hello.africa (EAP fee) on this basis. fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
I only trust DONUTS and I already started to get rid off all the other names.”
Daniel Negari and the .XYZ registry have not yet provided any feedback on this new reputation disaster.
What I suggest is to trust no one and to triple check your auto-renewal settings on the 1 cent .xyz domains you bought last year. You don’t want any nasty surprises.
The registrant that lost the 32 domains finally got a reply from .xyz:
“Just to give an update, XYZ finally responded to me. Pretty much a slap in the face.
Unfortunately, these domains were registered in error. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Your registrar should have credited you for the transaction already. Please follow up with them if you don’t see a credit.