Front Running at a register

Labeled as analysis in Domain Industry News, started by Daniel Owens, Mar 22, 2021


  1. Daniel Owens

    Daniel Owens Restricted (Chatroom) Gold Account

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    It appears some big name registers are front-running. I hand-regged a .co today and whois shows it's hand-regged today but got an email saying it failed to register. Has anyone had any of the following registers not give you a domain you hand-regged; Namecheap, Godaddy or Namesilo (note only one of those registers stole a domain, just debating about revealing which register is front-running)?
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  2. Brian L.

    Brian L. Top Contributor VIP ICA Member

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    I use Godaddy and NameSilo, but dynadot is my go to for most hand-regged domains. I've never experienced an issue that made me think any of these registrars were front running.
  3. King

    King Investor & Creator VIP Gold Account

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    Yup it's happened at GD, I am certain the rep I was talking with got it for himself.
  4. bbboy5

    bbboy5 Established Member

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    GD is worst, they declined my registration as well as since two months I am still waiting for refund.
  5. DuDD

    DuDD Established Member

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    I use the ddd
    it looks good
  6. ddesigns

    ddesigns - Web Development and more... VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    GD is front runner in this. They are pro at doing this. Happened with my friend couple of times.
  7. Soofi

    Soofi Love Domain Names PRO VIP ★★★★★★★★★★

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    Never had an issue with Dynadot, except for late order processing once in a bluemoon!
  8. iAdam

    iAdam Gold Account ★★★★★★★★★★

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    I never had this issue, notably registering with dynadot.
  9. Established Member

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    Yes, I've had truly bad experience with Godaddy. I am new to domaining and made the lamest of errors, late last year. I was contemplating a domain I wanted for a few weeks. It was an unusual .ai domain and was available. I was thinking if it looks so good to me why hasn't anyone taken it yet and waited for a few days thinking it is unusual so noone is going to grab it. It was still available with my trusted old registrar when I checked after those few days. I do not want to name my other registrar as I am not trying to promote another company here. Next thing I know, tragically, I was toying with Godaddy's free domain appraisal tool and just typed in this domain. Yes, I feel like going back in time and kicking myself he-he! Within a matter of hours the domain got taken and, sure enough, was registered via NameCheap and parked on ParkingCrew. If you search, you'd find a lot of people have faced similar issues in the past. They searched on Godaddy and somehow the domain got picked up from right under their noses and took a similar route.

    Unfortunately, new users on most forums are not allowed to post such things. I could not post about it in other forums. Is it possible they did not do it? Sure, I mean it is certainly possible. Any domain can get registered at any time. However, given the domain, the circumstances and the timing, the odds are someone or a script could be looking at appraisal requests and just grabbed it. And when I read about other horror stories, I think it is highly likely. I faced another minor issue at Marcaria where my search for a domain hack in a rare ccTLD got taken up by the same registrar within a day only to be parked. I know, it could be any person who just found it, and I don't blame them here since I had the chance to register and I waited a day as this extension was not cheap. I've otherwise had very good experience with them.

    Again, I know none of this is practically provable. And I cannot say companies condone such activities. My point here is how do these companies check against such practices by rogue employees? What kind of systems, checks and policies do they have to prevent such sniping? I truly feel this happens, just not as frequently now as it used to, perhaps.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021
  10. Josytal

    Josytal Top Contributor VIP

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    I've heard about this many times.

    Search for free domains on neutral site(s)/resources - not having any relationships with a registrar. There are many such resources out there.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021

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