[registrars] Registrar discussion
Bruce Tonkin brought up a good point. Many people let their domain expire
accidentally (invalid postal/email/telephone contact info).
Their domain then gets removed from the root zone file before being
deleted. The time between the domain being removed from the root zone to
when it is deleted is being discussed as being set to 15 to 28 days.
The thinking is that the customer should then "notice" that their domain is
no longer resolving and should then hopefully realize that their domain
wasn't paid for. However, all to often, registrants do not notice and their
visitors simply think that the website is experiencing technical difficulties.
Instead of deleting domains, why not have the Registry change the
nameserver settings for all domains in this "suspended" mode to something like:
and have all domains that resolve to these nameservers bring up a web page
that contains a message such as:
"THIS DOMAIN IS SUBJECT TO DELETION WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE: This
domain name has not been renewed by the registrant. If you are the
registrant of this domain, it is imperative that you contact your Registrar
immediately to reactivate your domain name. "
It could even go as far as letting the Registrant know that their is a WLS
order pending....... "If this domain is not renewed, it will automatically
be transferred to a third party who has ordered a Domain Name Wait List
Service on this domain."
Or even better if there is no WLS order: "If you are not the registrant of
this domain you may wish to purchase a Domain Name Wait List Service on
this domain which would guarantee that you become the new registrant of
this domain should the current registrant fail to renew - click here for
Seems that this would be a very simple project to implement and would
result in higher renewal rates and lower customer service problems.
(Of course, mydomain.com would be happy to develop this system)