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RegisterFly continues to play games, having now posted the ICANN-required termination notice only buried on the "customer service" page. And they continue to accept new registrations.
I am wondering why MasterCard/Visa/Amex/etc. haven't cut them off long ago? One individual claims that Amex is suing them for some $170,000+ in unpaid charges for domains that were never registered.
Why hasn't somebody filed CRIMINAL charges? Too bad RegisterFly isn't in a state with an aggressive consumer-rights attorney general like NY.
NEW YORK - GoDaddy.com, the leading registration company for Internet addresses, has agreed to take over and manage more than 850,000 domain names belonging to customers of a troubled rival, officials announced Tuesday.
GoDaddy agrees to run domains in limbo [news.yahoo.com]
Those names had been in limbo following financial and operational troubles at RegisterFly. In some cases individuals, groups and businesses were finding their Web sites inoperable because they could not properly renew their addresses before they had expired, nor could they move them to another company, officials said.
[edited by: encyclo at 6:25 pm (utc) on May 30, 2007]
Criminal charges aren't a bad idea if a crime of grand larceny has been committed, esp. when the leadership just doesn't get it.
Credit card companies are notorious for looking the other way; they play the game of we-don't-know-it's-a-scam-until-the-feds-sue.
P.S. Will they start a new domain company for women called GoMummy? :/
I don't have a lot more confidence in GoDaddy than RegisterFly. And it's not just because their name sucks.
I know it's just ignorant suspicion, like stepping on a crack, but I try to avoid doing business with companies with "cute" names that have some implication of flakiness. It just might be the subconscious of management leaking their true intentions.
In the future, when I stop and think "why on earth would somebody name their company THAT?", I'll have the fact that RegisterFly indeed flew to reinforce my ignorant suspicion, and steer me to doing business with a more conventionally-named company. ;)
Google? NewEgg? Amazon? Yahoo? These are all somewhat cute names I do business with.
Well, actually, I didn't just mean "cute names", but "cute names" that have some negative implication, intended or not.
Best Buy? May or may not have the best buys, but nothing negative there.
Major Scam? Thanks, I'll pass...
Have more than half already transferred-out? If not, what happens to the ones that GoDaddy isn't acquiring? According to the press release, GoDaddy is acquiring apx. 850,000.
Any idea what the difference represents? Privacy-protected domains? Or are they both crooks AND liars? :)
I think the fact that GoDaddy is well known as one of the largest, if not the largest registrar of domains, makes the case for whether GoDaddy is a prudent choice.
What might be a bit more interesting to consider was exactly why GoDaddy was the final choice versus Enom, Moniker, Verisign, etc. I haven't read into this but can anyone comment: Was there competitive bidding for this batch of new customers? Did the deal go to the lowest bidder? Was this not really a very desirable deal from the POV of any registrar - since the registrar would likely be on the receiving end of a large number of very unhappy or 'sensitive to issues' people?
Would you want a sudden influx, into your business, of new clients that are likely in a state of upset, outrage, etc.?
[edited by: Webwork at 5:26 pm (utc) on May 31, 2007]
I'm guessing a credit to your account for previously transferring the domain is not going to happen.
The one thing that concerns me is that although I have transferred a domain over to Godaddy from Registerfly it still appears on my domain list at Registerfly.
I'm curious how they will handle duplicates once they import RF's (or is it ICANN's) database.
once they import RF's (or is it ICANN's) database
It's RegisterFly's database.
That's part of the problem here. ICANN has had to negotiate with these weasels to pry the database from their hands. That's why this is being done as a "commercial transaction", and RegisterFly is being PAID an "undisclosed sum" by GoDaddy to provide the database they are already under court order to produce.
The system needs to be fixed so that in future cases of registrar failure, a smooth transition of customers is possible without requiring cooperation of the failed registrar.
Some sort of escrow system needs to be devised, or perhaps the registries can be given the necessary data. In the case of a registrar failure, the data could be retrieved from the escrow agent or the registries.
Any domains that had 'privacy protection' STILL have rfly's addresses as contact info! If you want to change it, you have to agree not to transfer anything for 60 days.
Unfortunately, godaddy is only giving registrants 30 days to take care of business!
So I am still screwed out of the domains I wanted to transfer to my registrar of choice (enom).