Trying to help RegisterFly refugees

This ICANN link came across my desk today. We’ve been monitoring the situation with RegisterFly, hoping that they would pull it out, but this latest news isn’t too encouraging.

For the rest of March, we’re going to offer RegisterFly refugees looking to get away a break: $6.75 per domain transfers (a 10% reduction from our usual price) for .com, .net, .org, .info, and .biz.

Because the technology situation with RegisterFly involves multiple registrars (their own and eNom), it’s going to take us awhile to figure out all the combinations of how to detect them for each TLD, and we’re going to need some sample domains to do it. So until we get things automated, RegisterFly customers will have to pay the regular price ($7.50 per domain) and then submit a secure support request with the domain name(s). We’ll confirm the current registrar is RegisterFly (or eNom with the RegisterFly tag), credit you the $0.75, and use the information to help automate the process for subsequent users.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any special powers to help people obtain transfer codes or obtain transfer approval emails if your admin contact has been scrambled. But if you have your code and a valid admin contact email address, we’ll be happy to help if we can. Also, we must confirm that the domain is currently registered with RegisterFly to offer the lower price (we can’t afford to extend this offer to the world at large) and there’s no automated way to detect the registrar of a .name domain, so we can’t extend this offer to include that TLD.

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  1. eep, that’s a little scary. I’m using a privacy service myself. I’m not worried at the moment of it going the way of Regsiter/ProtectFly and dropping me out of control for my own sites. It sure is a wakeup call though as I’d not considered that possiblity when I opted for a privacy service.

    You know, I wouldn’t worry too much about this happening somewhere else. This situation appears to me to be a fluke thing perpetrated by one bad guy that would be pretty much impossible to repeat elsewhere. -jdw

    Comment by matt wilkie — March 19, 2007 #

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