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How to Reclaim a Domain from Domain Tasters

 6:09 pm on Jan 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

Apologies if this question is asked often, I couldn't locate a custom answer.

My problem: My domain name expired for a charity site. The domain is utterly useless to anyone and Domain Tasters keep registering it and passing on it, one after the other, seemingly in the night at different intervals every four, five, or six days.

I had thought "domain tasting" periods always lasted 5 days so that I could set an alarm to remind me to "steal" it back. But I guess not!

Is there anyway I can automate the process of reclaiming my domain? Do I need to get in line behind these companies, purchase some special access to networksolutions time stamps? I want to find the exact next moment my domain will go up for sale.



 11:47 am on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

consider a service like that offered by

snapnames.com or


i believe i'm allowed to mention these names


 1:38 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Sorry to read about your problem.

You can use every "drop catching service", particularly those that don't charge a fee unless they catch the domain. Unfortunately, many drop catching programs place the domain into an auction pool - which means you may have to pay more than a basic fee in some cases. Hopefully not your's.

I'd suggest that you also contact ICANN to report this situation. Anything that can be added to the pile of legitimate complaints and grievances against tasters is a good thing.


 2:42 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks all, I actually spent the past few days staked out on a browser, refreshing #*$!. Eventually the name came up clean and I grabbed it.

I was very surprised that it didn't cycle through again -- by this point it had been tasted by 4 or 5 different companies since I lost it at Christmas. Maybe it finally proved worthless, I have no idea.


 3:33 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Eventually the name came up clean and I grabbed it.

Congrats, glad to see it worked out for you. ICANN has to do something about domain tasting, and this new domain hold that NetSol is putting on search inquires.


 9:05 pm on Jan 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I had a similar experience. My guess is that their system is (ought to be) highly automated and that it's forumula(s) should constantly favor dropping the lowest performing domains.

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