Reading Whois for pre-release names

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catchmesleeping

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I was reading the Whois records for some names that were in the Namejet pre-release list, and was a bit confused.

Take an example 'junk' name like this one: 001WEBS.NET

It's currently listed on Namejet with a closing time in 10 days from now.

My thought was that, for names that had some bids on them, Namejet or Enom or the partner registrar would automatically extend the domain registration by 1 year so that they could then assign the name after the listing closed.

But I couldn't imagine anyone wanting a name like this one - there are no bids / backlinks for the name. Yet if you look at the Whois record, it's showing as already being extended by 1 year, to 2013.

whois 001webs.net

Whois Server Version 2.0

Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
with many different competing registrars. Go to https://www.internic.net
for detailed information.

Domain Name: 001WEBS.NET
Registrar: ENOM, INC.
Whois Server: whois.enom.com
Referral URL: https://www.enom.com
Name Server: DNS1.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS2.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS3.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS4.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Name Server: DNS5.NAME-SERVICES.COM
Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 31-oct-2012
Creation Date: 30-oct-2009
Expiration Date: 30-oct-2013

>>> Last update of whois database: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 03:16:03 UTC <<<

NOTICE: The expiration date displayed in this record is the date the
registrar's sponsorship of the domain name registration in the registry is
currently set to expire. This date does not necessarily reflect the expiration
date of the domain name registrant's agreement with the sponsoring
registrar. Users may consult the sponsoring registrar's Whois database to
view the registrar's reported date of expiration for this registration.


Another strange thing is that the whois listing contains 2 parts - this top section, and still also contains the whois from the original registration:


Domain name: 001webs.net

Registrant Contact:

Reactivation Period ()

Fax:
15801 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
US

Administrative Contact:

Reactivation Period (Reactivation-Pending@enom.com)
+1.4252744500
Fax: +1.4259744791
15801 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
US

Technical Contact:

Reactivation Period (Reactivation-Pending@enom.com)
+1.4252744500
Fax: +1.4259744791
15801 NE 24th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004
US

Status: Locked

Name Servers:
dns1.name-services.com
dns2.name-services.com
dns3.name-services.com
dns4.name-services.com
dns5.name-services.com

Creation date: 30 Oct 2009 09:44:29
Expiration date: 30 Oct 2012 09:44:29


Is there any reason for this? Is Namejet just so agressive about extending any name that goes through the pre-release system? Also, why does the whois contain two sections to it here? If it was extended by Namejet, why still keep the section at the bottom from the original registration?

Just trying to understand the system better - thanks for any insights.
 

katherine

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Expired names are auto-renewed by the registrars, otherwise they would have to let them into redemption.

But they can cancel the auto-renew within 45 days. So during that time frame, they auction them.
The domains that get no bids will be allowed to drop and enter redemption status.

When the domain is let into redemption the registry whois should switch back from 2013 to 2012.
 
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