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    Alternate Roots New.net Name Expirations
    posted by michael on Saturday April 27 2002, @07:15AM

    Anonymous writes "New.net was supposed to make available non-renewed names to the public for re-registration 30 days after expiration, still no drops have been made.

    Why? Their explanation is found from their message board to be problems with the registry, illegal characters in fields, and other problems that they report are technical on their end."

    But, how long does it take to repair these problems, hours, days?

    My guess is merely hours, but even days would be acceptable, not weeks, months.

    So why no drops allowing anyone to register these names that were scooped up over a year ago and long expired?

    1. Lack of knowledge on the part of new.net to repair their problematic database?
    2. Is it possible that new.net rumors of being out of business are true?
    3. Could new.net be afraid of dropping these expired names as this would be a sure indication of how many renewing customers they have, as well as, how many registered names they have at a given date?
    In my opinion, I think that New.net is in serious trouble and most likely close to its demise. They appear now to be buying more time hiding behind this issue with excuses. I mention articles 1 - 3 because all three articles in question could be the reasons for the delays.

    Other features were to be released months ago but still there seem to be excuses of why these features are delayed, its all starting to add up to trouble lurking within this business, and I for one smell something fishy!

    I would like to hear more from New.net about this as their officers post comments here.

    Please New.net, I cannot seem to get a straight answer as to what your current position is, I would like to know before renewing my names.

    Thank you for the opportunity to post here.

    I am a New.net customer whom is barely hanging on to hope.

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    Re: Serious Scam!
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday May 01 2002, @03:39PM (#6115)
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    Which is awesome, if all you want is people who are disoriented wandering through your site. A beer store closed down the street, so you take it over to sell diapers. Customers who are lost buy them anyway, just because they're there, right? Tell me another one. And you can switch diapers and beer and get the same result.

    Or wait, you've taken over a former beer (or diapers) site and are continuing to serve those looking for that actual item. That should work. Except that it didn't work for the last person who registered it for that reason, and they registered it thinking they knew what they were doing, not because they were a speculator. But you'll do better, right? Tell me another one.

    Or the address did work for the previous owner, and you and Veri$ign are about to be sued because it was dropped in error. Veri$ign will intimidate them or cut them a deal. And then what will you do for your less than $10 investment. Hire a lawyer?

    But wait, you have it figured, you'll be like Ultimate Domains and just redirect traffic for a potential affiliate fee. So Veri$ign, your affiliate, and you get sued. You're still on your own, and you're still out the money, and perhaps more. The affiliate, when notified of this transgression, won't even send you whatever pittance you've already earned, they won't deal with you again, and they've coughed up your payment details to the lawyers even if you were otherwise trying to be hard to find.

    Sorry, this doesn't wash. It is the same sort of anon hype that launched the original speculator frenzy (buy a dotcom name and make millions!) and, if you weren't paying attention, that didn't work for anyone other than the hypesters. Now that even the sucker born every cyberminute doesn't fall for that anymore, we go on to Plan B to keep the money rolling in to Veri$ign (and now SnapNames). This time the risks are far greater to the new registrant and the potential profits are far less than the starry eyed $Millions, but hey, let's all get on the gravy train. Invest $10 x number of sites (and later change that $10 to $40 to pay for Veri$ign's WLS), and you might make $Hundreds, right? Tell me another one. Excuse me, Mr. Conductor, how come the rails of this gravy train lead to that greased mine shaft? -g

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