[registrars] Transfer Procedure
For those registrars who have not seen
an example email that a registrar is sending
out, see below. This registrar may have
changed their email format since this email was sent
about a month and a half ago.
If someone has an email from any losing registrars
who are sending these "confirmations" in the last few
days, please post them. I will ask our
registrants encountering problems in the last
few days to forward example emails to me.
Some problems that we are encountering are
1) The first line of the email says
"this message is to confirm your request to transfer"
which implies that the transfer has taken place and
this email is acknowledging that fact. Only if
the entire email is read do the registrants
find out they need to do anything.
2) The URLs to click on are too long and get cut
off making it impossible to simply click on them
to ACK the transfer.
3) They registrant only has 2 days to comply.
This particular registrant clicked on the email link
3 times, without being transferred.
Finally the registrant called the losing registrar, and chewed them
out. The name has since transferred successfully.
The biggest problem is that with a
no answer = NACK policy, there is no incentive
for the losing registrar to make an easy process.
In fact, with a no answer = NACK policy
the losing registrar has an incentive
to make the process difficult and expensive for
the registrant and the gaining registrar.
I believe ultimately a no answer = NACK policy
will backfire on those registrars attempting it,
but in the meantime it is costing our industry
its reputation (let alone big money).
Efficient, no hassle transfers is the basis of competition.
For those registrars who are sending "confirmation" emails,
would you please make public the ratio of people
clicking on "yes transfer" vs "no dont transfer"
vs "no reply" to this list, so the rest of us can
have a more informed discussion?
I would wager that most of the losing registrars customers
are choosing "yes transfer", because we, at eNom, found once
a registrant decides to transfer out of eNom, it is very difficult
to change their minds.
customersupport@[registrar name removed].com on 04/18/2001 08:39:00 AM
To: [email address removed]
Subject: Your Registrar Transfer Request
This message is to confirm your request to transfer the registrar for the
domain name(s) below from [registrar name removed].com to another
registrar. We hope you'll reconsider and renew your domain name with
[registrar name removed].com for an additional year for only $12!
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Please click the link below each domain name to renew your registration.
If you'd like to proceed with your transfer, please use the reply link(s)
below to authorize the transfer. Click on each link
or copy and paste into your browser window. If you do not authorize
the transfer by April 20, 2001 5:00 PM EST, the transfer will not be
completed. In the event that this occurs, you will need to reinitiate the
transfer through the registrar to which you wish to
[registrant name removed].com
If you have any further questions, please contact register.com.
[registrar name removed].com, inc.
http://www. [registrar name removed].com