[AktiviX-discuss] [OT] can anyone help with a domain registration problem?

scott scott at aktivix.org
Tue Jan 29 09:36:52 UTC 2008

i use gandi.net

you can always fill in false information if you want (make it sound 
plausible!) and as long as you are contactable (via email) it's usually 
fine. in fact, it's usually fine even if you are not contactable.


andy baxter wrote:
> hello,
> This isn't an aktivix question, but I thought someone on this list might 
> have a clue how to solve my problem. I just registered a domain name 
> (tikvanet.org) and ordered a web hosting package from a canadian company 
> called dayanahost.com. So far everything has worked OK, but I have since 
> found out that dayanahost.com contract out their proxy domain 
> registration service to a company called DomainsByProxy, who look like 
> they have a pretty bad record. Firstly, they register the domain in 
> their own name, and don't make it clear when you register with them that 
> it belongs to them and not to you. So if I want to stop using them, they 
> may get to keep the domain name. Secondly, the reason I went for them in 
> the first place was to keep my name and address off the public whois 
> register, and it looks like they are not even very good at doing this - 
> they have a record of giving out details to anyone who sends them a 
> threatening letter, without even warning you what they have done.
> Obviously this is my own fault, as I should have investigated things a 
> bit better before I signed up for this, but does anyone on the list know:
> a) whether there are any proxy domain registration services with a good 
> record of doing what they say? Preferably neither in this country nor 
> the US. (Though I'm currently thinking that http://www.dynadot.com who 
> are based in california look much better)
> b) what's the best way to approach DomainsByProxy to get my domain name 
> back off them? It isn't the end of the world if I lose this name, but I 
> would like to keep it if I can. (It's based on a place in a sci fi novel 
> by Marge Piercy - Body of Glass)
> c) Are proxy domain registrators worth having anyway, or is it better to 
> have your name on whois and have done with it? I'm not thinking of using 
> this domain for anything that controversial at the moment, but I don't 
> want anyone who knows my email address for example to also know my 
> postal address.
> andy baxter
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