Msg#: 4463836 posted 11:09 am on Jun 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
This look ominous.
3.7.5 At the conclusion of the registration period, failure by or on behalf of the Registered Name Holder to consent that the registration be renewed within the time specified in a second notice or reminder shall, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, result in cancellation of the registration by the end of the auto-renew grace period (although Registrar may choose to cancel the name earlier).
Msg#: 4463836 posted 9:05 pm on Jun 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
Don't worry, you might get it back one day... in about 6 months time when traffic to that site dries up and loses it's reputation, they may offer it to you for sale. That happened to us a couple of years ago... 600 unique visitors per day dropped to 30 by the time we we got it back. 10 years of credibility down the drain, all because we didn't get the domain renewal notice. We fought this from the start only to find that the rules had been changed in recent years to support monetisers... it seems that the gov bodies don't care who buys just as long as they make sales. In Australia a domain name had to be a close match to the company name registering it and that company needed to be an Australian registered company. But that's not so any more.
Msg#: 4463836 posted 11:39 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Monetisers get lists of expired domains daily, check their traffic and swoop without mercy. They either have accounts with domain agents or are domain resellers. In fact I suspect that many staff of domain registries moonlight as monetisers. In Australia they are a protected species and the AU domain rules were changed for them to acquire domains that were originally protected by naming rights.