This post has now been altered to reflect subsequent developments.
On Friday, I discovered that Brett Tabke, the owner of WebmasterWord had registered the domain Threadwatch.net
Brett has since posted in the comments of this post as NeoSeo stating that he only registered the domain to pass it along to me:
Were did you want that domain name xfered too Nick?
It was mentioned on wmw that it was not owned - so I imedicatly grabbed it to save for you.
fyi: I've done the same for: searchengineforums.org/net/info/biz searchenginewatch/org/net/biz/co.uk/ wired.au/ and about 50 other top domains names. I've never made a penny off any of them - lost alot of money doing it.
Someone did the same for me about 5 years back and I vowed that if I saw expired domain names come up, I would save them if I knew the person and give them to them. All I ask is that you pass along the idea to someone else.
I also recieved an email to the same affect: Asking me to make a transfer request so that Brett could authorize it. I've attempted to do this twice but the domain is locked.
At present, the whois information reads as follows:
WebmasterWorld Inc (THREADWATCH-NET-DOM)
3801 cap tx hwy e240-181
Austin, TX 78746
[removed some phone numbers etc]
Domain Name: THREADWATCH.NET
Awaiting the outcome
Although the intention has been said to be simply to pass the domain on to me, this has not happened yet. It shouldn't mean there is anything funny going on, as im sure Brett has other things to do during the weekend than mess around with domain names - which does beg the question, why register it at all however - So, for the moment im waiting for one of several possible outcomes:
- The domain is unlocked - and the transfer goes through
- Brett says he's changed his mind and wants to keep Threadwatch.net
- I get so mind numbingly bored with pissing around that my brain curdles and the whole issue becomes a moot point anyway