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Transferred domains still show at old registrar

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9:16 pm on Sep 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've recently transferred a number of expiring domain names from one registrar (the in-house retail outlet of a large wholesale (sells to resellers) registrar) to another (one favored by many here, and known for their fierce protection of their user's names and their ease of administration).

The transfers have completed, but the domain names are still showing in my account at the "old" registrar. The old registrar is also continuing to dun me about pending renewal.

Any risk in this situation? Or just an annoyance?

Additionally, I just transferred another batch, and 2 out of 6 had "invalid password" errors, even though the transfer passwords DO match. I went to the old registrar and changed the passwords to a simple one, and tried again - the new registrar tells me that their system will attempt it again at 2AM tomorrow, and then I have to get on the phone to the old registrar if it doesn't work, as I will then have only 5 days left at the old registrar.

I am concerned that these two incidents add-up to the likelihood that the old registrar is engaging in some "dirty tricks" to retain users and/or collect renewal fees that they don't have coming. I can see how this could easily slip through the cracks in a large company, and they would get paid for domains that they no longer are registrar for.

9:23 pm on Sept 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I've had domsins continue to "show" in old accounts, at a few registrars, for years. Annoying but harmless in my experience. So long as they're kept up at the new registrar and the WhoIs record at the central registry is updated I cannot see a problem.

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10:31 pm on Sept 7, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ditto what Webwork said about domains showing in old accounts:
I've had domsins continue to "show" in old accounts, at a few registrars

I had one registrar that continued to invoice me more than a year after I had transfered the domain out. (I finally sent them a note about it ;-)

I just transferred another batch, and 2 out of 6 had "invalid password" errors, even though the transfer passwords DO match.

When you say "passwords", do you mean the transfer "Auth Code"? If so, I have, more than once, copy/pasted Auth Codes into the form, and the transfer would ultimately FAIL due to an "Invalid Auth Code".

I would "jump-start" the transfer again, and re-enter the Auth code (making sure there were no trailing spaces) ... and ultimately they would go through.

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When you say "passwords", do you mean the transfer "Auth Code"?

Yes, sorry. The new registrar insists on calling this a "password".

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ok -- I'm still confused by your saying:

I went to the old registrar and changed the passwords to a simple one, and tried again

If they were Auth Codes, how could you change them? -- maybe you mean you requested Auth Codes again and received different ones?

In any event (!) hopefully, the transfer will go through tomorrow. (are you able to check the current status of each transfer online with the new (gaining) registrar?)

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If they were Auth Codes, how could you change them?

The old registrar allows users to change the auth codes yourself. They give you a default, random auth code, but you can change it if you like.

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I have had a similar experience with a popular registrar. But the problem seems superficial - ie, it is limited to getting renewal emails and seeing the domains on their web interface. If I go to modify them, I receive an error message.
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"I've had domsins continue to "show" in old accounts, at a few registrars, for years. Annoying but harmless in my experience. So long as they're kept up at the new registrar and the WhoIs record at the central registry is updated I cannot see a problem."

Perhaps due to laziness to update their records by registrar. When my broker himself became a registrar I had a long time waiting for my adm/tech contact details to be updated. More over when I renew my domains it is not done till expiry date, perhaps due to transfer process of my domain from previous registrar to present one. But I have to be watchful and have to remind him of the renewal.

 

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