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    Thanks for the porn enom!
    I am now an adult webmaster! Thanks to enom.

    I own hundreds of domains, some i use right away, others lay around for years. I had purchased a domain from someone a few years ago. It is a certain english politician's last name, preceded by a 4 letter word (For unlawful carnal knowledge).

    I moved the domain off enom to godaddy. The transfer took forever and was plagued with problems. It finally transferred, but I remember it didn't resolve and then I kind of forgot about the domain until today. Went to it - it now hosts hard core porn thanks to enom! They "gave" my domain to a czech pornographer to use! Seems the name servers didn't update correctly during the transfer and kept with enom. So on top of this porn site is a link to why am i seeing this - with the email going to whois-help.info - who is enom.

    So thanks enom. You screwed me on the transfer. Post transfer the domain just didn't resolve, so they did this later. And then they hid it by not allowing sites like archive.org to index the site!

    ARGH!H!H!H!H!H!H!H!!!!!!!

    I hate enom, but this is too much. So watch out, if you had a domain ever at enom and had a problems. Check your domains. You may have gone from making a political statement, to being a hardcore pornographer...

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    And left your whois info in there, to boot!

    I never intended to be at enom, but they ate BulkRegister a few months ago.
    Glad I use the Rackspace nameservers!

    I do recall that they did, at the time of the buyout, aim several domains I hadn't been using at their own nameservers (which I immediately re-aimed to RackSpace's). AND if I let a dom expire, they reregister it, but will only let me actually have it back if I pay some ridiculous fee...but then, if I let a dom expire it's because I don't want it any more, so they're outta luck on that.

    So...anything *else* that sucks about enom?! I've heard a few unsavory things about GoDaddy too, the most common one being that they run and register anything looked up in their domain-reg tool...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leader
    I've heard a few unsavory things about GoDaddy too, the most common one being that they run and register anything looked up in their domain-reg tool...
    Hopefully that is not the case, but your comment made me think of something that happened a few months ago. My wife wants to do a tennis related marketing site, and so we began searching possible domain names for availability. One evening we found an available domain name that was a possible fit, but she wasn't sure, so I just wrote it down as a possibility.

    Two days later, went to register it to insure she'd have it if she decided it was the one. It was already taken. Could have been a coincidence, but after that, we registered each domain possibility as we found it. The idea of GoDaddy scouting user searches to register names never crossed my mind. Hopefully it is not the case.
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    I don't know if it's actually the case or not, but there've been a couple of threads here which have noted this effect, and I remember GoDaddy's name coming up in them...

    I've never used their tool to check stuff, so I don't know if there's anything to it. Maybe one of these days I should go there, pretend to be interested in another domain (that I don't really care about), and see if it gets "coincidentally" registered soon after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ALH - AmeritrustRx
    Two days later, went to register it to insure she'd have it if she decided it was the one. It was already taken. Could have been a coincidence, but after that, we registered each domain possibility as we found it. The idea of GoDaddy scouting user searches to register names never crossed my mind. Hopefully it is not the case.
    If the domain name was taken within two days of checking availability a coincidence is unlikely.

    I never check domain names unless I'm ready to buy. Broke that rule one time and nearly got burned on it.

    If the name is "coincidently" bought up by a bot, go back after 5 days and recheck its availability. 5 days is significant because speculative buyers may refund within that time. I've seen it happen!

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    Yep, I've kind of figured that registering a domain at the time you are searching is the best way to insure it doesn't disappear. I'd hate to think that a registrar would use visitor searches to garner domains, so hope that is not the case, but better safe than losing the domain.

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    It's happened here too. Looked up a domain that was obscure at GoDaddy, and went to register it the next day and it was gone. Too much of a coincidence.
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    As an experiment, I just typed "IWantThisParticularDomainNameReallyBad.COM" into GoDaddy's domain name search box. It's available (not too surprising). I'll see if it's still available tomorrow.

    Like some of the rest of you, I have had an available name disappear within a day after searching for it, but I think that was on register.com. Are the registrars signing up the names themselves or selling the search list to people they know will buy the domain names? Somewhere, I think it was on ABW, there was a discussion that sometimes if you wait 5 days and then try again, the name will reappear as available.
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    Over the years I've never seen any that I typed in taken by godaddy even after a few weeks.

    I know there are experts here that do domain buying and selling as their business model, which is good, but I know there are many ways to search for domains before even letting the registrars know that you are searching for a domain, even like this one, http://www.internic.net/whois.html.

    If there are others please let us know as I would not trust internic or any registrar either and would suggest too to buy it as soon as you search for it online and see that no one else is using it, or see a blank page and do not see parked somewhere.

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    I have never had any trouble (or heard of any trouble until now) with GoDaddy, either..

    However it does happen other places..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_jones
    If the name is "coincidently" bought up by a bot, go back after 5 days and recheck its availability. 5 days is significant because speculative buyers may refund within that time. I've seen it happen!
    This has happened to me. I use fake domains on my local machine for development. So for example when I'm working on mysite.com I use mysitedev.com on my machine. It's not a registered domain and is only available on my computer. So one time mysitedev.com got registered by a bot due to my local use. I have no idea how anybody found out about it because I don't use it anywhere except on my machine. Anyway, it was released 5 days later when they realized there was no traffic.

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    I thought the domain grabbing during lookup happened not at the registrar but at either a man in the middle, or the lookup db itself - I can't find the story that explains the path your search takes when you check for a domain name, but it doesn't just search the local whois.

    My domain is back to a proper parking space and no reply from enom on my inquries on the chain of events that led to this.

    I used to have domains everywhere, and always had oddities with enom backed registrars, just haven't had that since I moved everything into my wildwest domains/godaddy account. Things unlock when they should, changes happen fast, billing is fairly clear cut.

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    My domain is back to a proper parking space
    If it's the one I think it is...No, it's not back.

    Maybe they've got some kind of IP detection/geolocation going on, or maybe it's just been reverted since you posted that. But porn is what I'm getting as of now. And it's not just the browser cache--last time, I checked with IE, this time I used FF.

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