What do you think of the practise of purposely look for “defaults” in WhoIs registration details; then making a complaint to auDA; and contemporaneously making a backorder with Netfleet?
(By the way, I’m not making a criticism of Netfleet here – I only mention them because they have the most effective backorder system in the .au space).
I’ve seen this happen quite a few times in recent history – you can basically tell because on the “drops” they appear as a Policy Delete (P.D).
Under the current system, anyone can make a complaint online. You don’t even need to use your real name; there’s no fee to pay – and a disposable email address will suffice. 🙁
What Types Of WhoIs Defaults Are There?
These are the main ones I can think of:
- Cancelled ABN’s
- Deregistered companies (so ACN is no longer valid)
- Expired State Registered Business Names (RBN)
- An RBN as the registrant (the registrant name must be the legal entity (individual or company) holding that Registered Business Name)
I’ve also seen instances where domains have gone into Policy Delete because the domain doesn’t resolve to a website or parking page. For this to happen, someone has to make a complaint though.
If a registrant gets a complaint based on eligibility, auDA allows some time for them to respond and where possible, rectify. And most of the above can be rectified if people know what you’re doing. A good registrar can be of immense help in this regard.
There is nothing wrong with legitimate backorders where you may know that a domain is going to expire because of other circumstances. I’ve seen some excellent acquisitions made by people who have good intel!
However, I think people who try and score good domains by filing complaints (like the above) and doing backorders deserve criticism. Particularly those who boast about it.
What do you think?