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Monday, May 16, 2011

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KWombles

Liz, Matt's latest post is no longer up on lbrb.

MJ

Just FYI, the "locked" term is most liked a technical term that refers to the status of the domain with the domain registrar. For example, if you look at the current whois record for the pauloffit.com domain -

http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/pauloffit.com

You would see the following line -

Lock Status: clientTransferProhibited

That line means that the domain cannot be transfered. If the domain was "unlocked" it would be able to be transfered.

If a domain is being transfered from one person to another, it would most likely have to be "unlocked" first. Although the exact mechanics of the transfer will vary depending on whether both parties are using the same registrar or not.

The AoA post says that the domain was unlocked and a request to transfer was submitted to register.com -

"The domain is unlocked and anyone can request a transfer. Additionally, I used Register.com's transfer process, using the "chop.edu" email address below. –D"

In this case, it appears that Dr. Offit claimed the domain via the same company, so it might not have needed to be unlocked first.

The "anyone can claim it" isn't strictly speaking true. In the good old days of the internet, anyone could request a domain transfer and, if the registrar allowed it, the domain would be transfered. There were quite a few cases of people trying to "steal" domain names, if memory serves. But the original person who owned the domain could file a complaint and (most of the time) get the domain back.

The same thing holds true today - if a domain is improperly transfered (locked or not), the original owner can reclaim the domain. The process is just more involved now because there are many more domain registrars out there and not all of them are going to be responsive to complaints.

I believe the "locking" of domains was added to help cut down on the number of times that this happened.

So it wasn't so much register.com's "policy" to unlock the domains after 72 hours but rather that the person doing the transfer requested the domain be unlocked. Which given that he/she had no idea where the domain would be transfered to was not an unreasonable step.

The 72 hours comment is (most likely) Handley trying to say that the domain's status was updated and available for transfer within 72 hours of making the request. I would guess that he was just confused about the technical details.

It has been a while since I have actually had to transfer a domain, so the current process might be a little different than the above, but it should still be a reasonable approximation.

Chris

Kim, it looks like lots of things were lost on LBRB with the server change. It is showing on the front page comments made on May 13th and May 17th, and none of the ones in between.

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