Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 3.209.80.87

Forum Moderators: buckworks & webwork

Message Too Old, No Replies

The .Me domain boondoggle

So many things don't seem right

     
1:59 pm on Jul 31, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 18, 2004
posts: 9
votes: 0


I have experienced the most scams in a few days with the .Me domains than in my entire life I've seen even on TV. Are any of you experiencing the following:

*Changes on .me auction dates
*Never got notification that your domains was going be auctioned
*Never got notification of when teh auction starts
*Never got answers when emailin the .Me people
*No way to login to your auction account
*No way to find a password retrieval
*No way to bid
*No way to find out who bids
*Never infomed that thousands of names are now "reserved" by goverment, pretty much 80% of the good names.
*No way to know if you win a domain even days after the auction has ended
*No way to know who won
*No notification about the end/who won auction
*No way to know when the domains will be released after auction ends
*No way to know who the other bidders are
*No way to find out who the people/scammers are, who will be liable?
*No way to stop all this amazing scam!

<snip>

[edited by: Webwork at 2:18 pm (utc) on July 31, 2008]
[edit reason] Sorry but no "Call to Action" posts, please [/edit]

10:49 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 1, 2006
posts:31
votes: 0


This auction is going to get ugly.

According to their own Terms:

c. Any lead changes in the last 24 hours results in an automatic 24-hour extension of the auction.

I have been the high bidder for over 36 hours on one domain, and the auction has been extended twice in the last 12 hours.

No lead change. People bidding below my high bid have extended the auction.

I spoke with a fellow named Mason at the registry and he vaguely said that when you place a proxy bid the "system" sees any new bid as a lead change, even if there is no change in the high bidder. I calmly informed him that that's a violation of the terms and thus a breach of contract. He told me he'd get back to me.

I love it when they blame the "system" or the "platform," and not the entity that conceived, programmed, and paid for it.

Think about this, though.

Let's say you placed a proxy bid on day one for $26,000 (the current highest price). If competing bidders place bids daily in $5 increments, extending the auction one day at a time, it will take over 5,100 days (14 years) for the auction to end.

In fact, there are probably enough bidders to tie up every name until Montenegro Registry goes bankrupt, since they don't get paid until an auction ends.

11:04 pm on Aug 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 15, 2003
posts:2643
votes: 6


Let's say you placed a proxy bid on day one for $26,000 (the current highest price). If competing bidders place bids daily in $5 increments, extending the auction one day at a time, it will take over 5,100 days (14 years) for the auction to end.

The sad reality behind this is that people find these "features" and I bet you dollars to dimes that there is at least one person who has found things like this and others and is writing or has already written a script that is going into these auctions and wreaking havoc on the system.

Can't afford the domain? Just tie it up.

11:21 am on Aug 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 20, 2004
posts:2377
votes: 0


Did they build a new auction system just for these ME domains? Very poor management.
10:51 am on Aug 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Nov 3, 2006
posts:1362
votes: 4


when the .asia auction had many unknowns, what did you expect of the .me