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nunya
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Domain Names

I might come off as a conspiracy theorist nut here, but is there a "safe" place to check domain name availability?
Here's my theory: several times when I have checked domain name for availability, I've come back several hours later to pull the trigger and the domain has been purchased by a squatter.
Call me crazy, but I don't have any other explanation than there was some "inside job", e.g. when someone shows an interest in a domain it gets snapped up.
Is there an impartial site to check availability?
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...because I care.

William
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join:2010-04-18
Washougal, WA
Really don't know, try »www.canvasdreams.com/domain/doma···tion.php (enom reseller).

bdnhsv

join:2012-01-20
Huntsville, AL
reply to nunya
why not use the whois command line utility?


MarkRH
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join:2005-02-08
Oklahoma City, OK
reply to nunya
In the past I would ping the domain name I'm interested in. If it doesn't resolve to an IP address or comes back with unknown host at least then I know it's not taken. Unfortunately, some DNS servers will resolve unknown domain names to an in-house search page, like Cox does now.

I just don't trust any whois service these days to not scoop up names.


stray

join:2000-01-16
Warren, NJ
reply to nunya

bdnhsv

join:2012-01-20
Huntsville, AL
reply to MarkRH
It's a protocol - not a website.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whois


MarkRH
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Oklahoma City, OK
said by bdnhsv:

It's a protocol - not a website.

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whois

Yes, you are correct. The protocol itself isn't the problem. It's some of the website front-ends (usually the ones at Domain Registrars) to it that I don't really trust.


psafux
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join:2005-11-10
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reply to nunya
I have trusted samspade & dnsstuff for many years.

bdnhsv

join:2012-01-20
Huntsville, AL
reply to MarkRH
I'm not talking about going to any website. I'm talking about using the whois command line utility at a command prompt / in a terminal window - depending on your OS. The command will still query one of the registrars (likely verisign in the US), but it has to get the info from somewhere.

William
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join:2010-04-18
Washougal, WA
reply to nunya
Forgot about »dnstools.com don't know why I forgot, use that all the time. Worth a try.


netboy34
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join:2001-08-29
Kennesaw, GA
kudos:1
reply to nunya
I know network solutions did it in the past, but got their hands slapped hard for doing it... ICANN started charging $0.20 per domain for excessive deletions, and tasting dropped by a lot.

I've been happy with GoDaddy not doing it, then you have sites like intodns.com dr.xoozoo.com etc. that if DNS fails, then the domian is most likely available.
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