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Accoring to a search on dmoz.org [searchengineworld.com] expires on Jan 2/2002
Looks like somebody is in-line on snapnames for it already. I can't beleive they would let this expire.
Netscape Communications Corp.
501 East Middlefield Rd
Mountain View, CA 94043
Created on..............: Aug 01, 2000
Expires on..............: Jan 02, 2002
Record Last Updated on..: Aug 15, 2000
Registrar...............: America Online, Inc.
but aol also say
Access to America Online, Inc.'s WHOIS service is for information
purposes. America Online, Inc. makes this service available "AS
IS" and does not guarantee its accuracy or availability.
probably their little joke, don't they own dmoz??
Nearly all of them have August 15, 2000 listed for the "Last Updated" date. whois.internic.net, on the other hand, lists "Last Updated" dates a year or more later (in many cases, very close to the supposed expiration date, as typically happens when domains are renewed).
I'm running out of AOL/Netscape domains to check (Hey, chefmoz.org is OK), but I'm pretty sure this is just a case of a broken whois server at whois.compuserve.com.
The ICANN registrar agreement binding AOL requires that their whois server be updated "at least daily" -- I doubt they're doing that, and I doubt ICANN or the registry cares.
At its meeting in Ghana earlier this month, ICANN's board resolved to develop a proposal for implementing a 30-day minimum grace period for expired domains. ICANN's president has been authorized by the board to convene a technical steering group to write the "Redemption Grace Period Proposal.
Of course, if it were one of my domains, it would have been deleted and offered to the public.
What does 30-day minimum grace period mean? 30 days for me, multiples of 30 days for the big hitters? I think everyone should play by the same rules.
[BTW] - congrats to WebmasterWorld for the plug from the Post.