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Lost domain name
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:42:13 AM »

I have quite literally dozens of domain names to manage for my wife, and Iím finding it increasingly difficult to keep on top of renewals. Recently I either missed a renewal reminder notice or an email got ignored by mistake, or a credit card failed but for whatever reason, I didnít successfully make the renewal payment and didnít realise what was/wasnít happening so I lost the whatever.com domain name. Now a squatter is sitting on it, advertising it for sale at ~£2k !  :'(  >:(

What do you think? Help?

I thought about taking a small amount of legal advice. A huge waste of money if I went that way, I forecast.

All my fault for being disorganised, in my deteriorating mental state; I have left my missus down badly in my role of head geek (but a poor accounts dept) for the first time ever.
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Re: Lost domain name
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2020, 12:08:35 PM »

Hi

I am sorry, the domain has gone and you have 2 options

Either negotiate with the current owner

Wait and hope no one buys it after itís been expired

As itís a .com, it could have been taken away from you under certain conditions.

You would have also received numerous emails over domain renewal, failed payment, outstanding invoice, warning domain about to expire, domain expired etc... which would most likely equate to 2 months timeframe for these.

Check your spam filter and your email address used in your account.

Many thanks

John
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Re: Lost domain name
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2020, 12:14:44 PM »

Absolutely nothing you can do.

The guys now pointing it to his dead twitch account.
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Re: Lost domain name
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2020, 01:16:23 PM »

Thanks guys.

The only reason I wondered about some avenue to go down is because of Ďbad faith registrationí [?], something I vaguely remember reading about, and also the question of impersonating one of my wifeís established trading names. I though I could at least ask a specialist lawyer but that would cost me big money presumably, and get the same answer you just gave me.

The domain name is no use to the squatter and no one is going to pay £2k for it so heís basically priced himself out of the market.

Itís my own stupidity, I know. I suspect I either misread incoming emails, or thought it was just on auto-renew and didnít need to do anything, or thought that my wife was dealing with it; I donít recall now.

The brain fog makes this exceptionally wearisome, keeping track if it all.

What should I do to reduce the risk? Renew for multiple years, so I donít have to deal with it so often?

One thing that I have now done for the most important domain names which I cannot afford to screw up; I have employed Andrews and Arnold to do registration and auto renewal for me, which they will do and they just add it to my bill. So thereís no risk of screwing up individual credit card payments. Cards seem so unreliable these days, with random bogus and bonkers Ďsecurityí-trigger failures. I went to Inverness some years ago and we went into a shop to buy a sofa, for about £1k. Straight away Janet got a load of cross from the credit card company; nightmare. The hassle of using credit cards is getting to the point where itís more than theyíre worth. I several times went into a shop and bought a car, which cost vastly more than a sofa, and no problem at all so the hassle factor seems to be totally random. Anyway coming back to the point, when it really matters that card transactions go through, the other thing that Iíve seen besides the AA solution, is to put your account into credit with the registrar Dynadot, ie. a top-up style payment; you have a positive balance in your account and then renewals just go through reliably with no payment taking required. The problem here is remembering to do the Dynadot top ups themselves when required, so the problem has just been transferred, plus the fact that youíre giving them the money ahead of time. AA seems the ideal zero hassle solution that is 100% reliable, but itís not cheap, which is fair enough because they have to deal with the hassle for me.
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