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6:32 pm on Dec 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

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One of my domains goes offline over the holiday Christmas period - great!

Upon checking, I see that the domain has been suspended as the domain validation was not completed/acknowledged.

I cannot pin down why the validation e-mail was not received, however, my attention was turned to getting the site back up and running.

Guess what: The validation e-mails are sent to an e-mail on the suspended domain. Guess what, again: There's no way to get the suspended e-mails because the e-mail won't work. Doh!

A quick modification to the domain e-mail address to another domain and, hopefully, it'll all work.

I just have to wait for the domain to become un-suspended.

Anyone have any idea how long that is likely to be?

Top tip: Use a different e-mail on a different domain to capture the validation e-mails.

Schoolboy error on my part, and I won't make that mistake again.
1:08 am on Dec 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Ouch. Was this an incoming transfer that wasn't completed or a renewal?
6:49 am on Dec 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Is this the new validation thing that just kicked in recently? (Is it ARIN? All of ICANN? I forget, but definitely not just at the registrar level.) I noticed the last time I registered a dot com that I had to jump through an extra hoop. Not a big one, but one that didn't exist before.
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This was a renewal of an existing .com

I hadn't acknowledged the validation requests and the domain gets suspended. The fact that i never got the domain validation requests is a separate issue, but raises the point i'm suggesting.

Here's a little more on the background to this.

800,000 Domains Suspended This Year Due to Non-compliant WhoIs Records [webmasterworld.com]

New Rules for Domain Name Registrants Starting January 2014 [webmasterworld.com]
9:48 am on Dec 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I have a lot of .com domains, but not all registrars seem to send these out. Some of them give you a pop-up in their control panel to confirm the contacts and that seems to be enough. Better be more wary of those.
3:27 pm on Dec 31, 2014 (gmt 0)

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I had a similar scare early this month when I moved domains and bought a new domain for my new VPS server. The "default" contact email was not received and I could not set up a new email again until I could set up the new domain as the servername. What irked me is that there should have been no reason the default email did not still function at its existing location. I had not changed any dns or moved that domain - and if/when there was no confirmation at that default email, why did that not trigger sending it to the backup email? My account showed 3 other domains about to be suspended and all of them had been updated and were current.

It was all fixed up within 24 hours, but it was something that should not have happened - the registrar had an existing confirmation this year for all the domains I had there.