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The entry below is classified as a LEGACY post, meaning that it was written (well) before the current version of Avalonstar was released. Although these posts have survived the numerous moves over years, there is no guarantee that they've survived the trip unscathed (especially the links).
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GoDaddy Backordering Sucks Ass

Maybe I'm just sad, because I've been waiting a long time to get bryanveloso.com and a few days ago, that dream was taken from me by some assholes. Mike Davidson had a great article about how to prevent the squatting of domains when he was trying to acquire Newsvine, but sadly I read it after all of this happened.

But it's not like GoDaddy helped. Hindsight's always 20/20, so should I really have expected them to? No. But still, I paid for a service that didn't work, and got no refund for it. Just an email saying "sorry, we were too slow." Sure $18.95 is nothing to cry about, but if this happens often, why the hell do they have the service in the first place? I put enough trust in GoDaddy to grab that domain for me and then I found out that there was little or no chance that I'd get it anyway. I'd understand if I was fighting for it with another Bryan Veloso, but I wasn't.

Well, before I go on my daily rampage, I'll just let GoDaddy do the talking.

"We're gonna get it!" (Name Capture Pending)

Note: I got this email twice.

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DOMAIN BACKORDER NOTIFICATION
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Dear Bryan Veloso,

This notification is generated automatically as a service to you because you subscribe to DomainAlert(R).

We will be attempting to secure the following domain name(s) you backordered:

BRYANVELOSO.COM

We will do this automatically -- no need for you to take any action or respond to this email.

If you no longer want us to secure this domain name, and it is a .COM or .NET name, you have until 10:00 a.m. MST on 05/29/2006 to re-assign the backorder credit. If the name is a .BIZ or .US, you have until 9:00 a.m. MST. For .ORG and .INFO names, the time you have available to re-assign the backorder credit can change without notice. There is generally a 24- to 48-hour period in which we can release your originally chosen name.

* Bryan's excited.

"Wait a second..." (Domain Change Notification)

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DOMAIN STATUS NOTIFICATION
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Dear Bryan Veloso,

This notification is generated automatically as a service to you because you subscribe to DomainAlert(R).

We've noted that the following changes occurred between 05/28/2006 and 05/29/2006:

The registrar has been changed:
OLD: TUCOWS INC.
NEW: SIPENCE, INC.

The WHOIS server has been changed:
OLD: whois.opensrs.net
NEW: whois.sipence.com

The domain expiration date has been changed:
OLD: 12-Mar-2006
NEW: 29-May-2007

The domain name servers have been changed:
OLD: NS2.STARTLOGIC.COM, NS1.STARTLOGIC.COM
NEW: DNS9.NAME-SERVICES.COM, DNS8.NAME-SERVICES.COM

The domain status has been changed:
OLD: PENDINGDELETE, pendingDelete
NEW: ACTIVE, ok

on the following name(s):

BRYANVELOSO.COM

The above change is also displayed in the "Domain Monitoring/Backordering" section of your Account Manager.

* Bryan's in shock... o_O; ← shock

"Oh shit, we screwed up." (Capture Unsuccessful)

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DOMAIN BACKORDER NOTIFICATION
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Dear Bryan Veloso,

This notification is generated automatically as a service to you because you subscribe to DomainAlert(R).

We're sorry, but the following domain name(s) that you backordered was not captured successfully:

BRYANVELOSO.COM

Changes made to a domain take at least 24 hours to update in the WhoIs database. If you perform a WhoIs lookup on the domain to verify registration information or the status of the domain before 24 hours has passed, the information may appear to be incorrect.

* Bryan is severely pissed off.

Only thing I can do now is wait another year, I better save up the money to get that domain because it's going to cost a small fortune.

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