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WHOIS - unable to process your request

5 days after registration



3:59 am on Oct 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For newly registered domains, how long does it take to show registrant information? In this particular case, it’s an old domain that has expired, and than registered again by new owner.

Since October 3 (registration date), whenever I checked WHOIS, I got response “We are unable to process your request at this time.” And then 17 possible reasons listed.

If I go to a site, I get the well known “brownish” parked page. The domain is listed for sale on Sedo.

Is this common?



7:07 pm on Oct 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Are you the new owner?


10:07 pm on Oct 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Oh no. I'm actually trying to find out who the new owner is.

It’s still the same today. WHOIS shows IP, owner of IP and location, response code is 200, domain as registered and no website.



7:43 pm on Oct 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Have you checked the domain at the Whois site for the registrar that has that domain?


6:10 am on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This is what it says:

This domain is registered at DOMAINSFORME.CA INC.
Their whois server (whois.domainsforme.ca) is currently unavailable.

If I go to whois.domainsforme.ca, I get "The page cannot be displayed".

How can WHOIS service of ICANN Accredited Registrar be unavailable for that long, since October the 3rd?

Plus, that “domainsforme.ca” actually goes to a site “namescout.com” (without redirect).

Still, the WHOIS returns the result above, and even says at the bottom:

If you own this domain, click here to transfer it to Namescout.com

This means that NameScout does not “know” that the domain is already registered with them, or I’m missing something?

The only realistic explanation I could come up with is the possibility of “domainsforme.ca” being in some kind of transition to NameScout or vice-versa.

If I enter “domainsforme.ca” into Google, no result shows their site, but other sites only. Any valid site should be first in results on its own domain name query.

Too foggy...


2:51 pm on Oct 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Things like this are such a drag :-(

Reading one of the search results from Google, I see that this registrar lost a WIPO decision regarding a domain name that they registered themselves (that was also parked at Sedo).

Accordingly, it wouldn't surprise me if the registrar is the registrant of the domain you are trying to find Whois information about.

If it were me, I would try calling the registrar (613-225-2000). And/or you could enter an InterNIC Whois complaint at [wdprs.internic.net...]

edit: typo

[edited by: Laker at 3:24 pm (utc) on Oct. 14, 2008]


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