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mahjqa
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: The Demented Side of the Fence
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 10-18-2004 15:00

Situation: for some reason my host couldn't charge my account for a new year of hosting. They now have the money, but apparently my domainname ( mahjqa.com ) has already been stolen by a bunch of [content deleted due to inappropriateness].

Buying my domain back is not an option. Let the bastards pay for their stolen domain consisting of random letters 'til they're blue in the face.

Possible solution: Registering either majqa.com (without the H for easier typing and remembering), vayamenda.com ( a name I've been tossing around for a while) or possibly, mahj.com.

Which one would you recommend?

(Edited by mahjqa on 10-18-2004 15:15)

poi
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: France
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 10-18-2004 15:11

[ content not even written due to a lot insults and bird names ] domain name whores.
Registering majqa.com or eventually mahjqa.net or .org seems to be the best options.

InI
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: Somewhere over the rainbow
Insane since: Mar 2001

posted posted 10-18-2004 15:49

The poster has demanded we remove all his contributions, less he takes legal action.
We have done so.
Now Tyberius Prime expects him to start complaining that we removed his 'free speech' since this message will replace all of his posts, past and future.
Don't follow his example - seek real life help first.

Bugimus
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: New California
Insane since: Mar 2000

posted posted 10-18-2004 16:13

That really sucks, mahjqa. I would go with majqa.com if I were you. Actually, as hard as I try, I can never remember how to spell mahjqa. I think I can remember majqa a little easier. When people ask about the new spelling just tell them it's a variant spelling used in certain regions of the Klingon empire

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Tao
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The Pool Of Life
Insane since: Nov 2003

posted posted 10-18-2004 17:13

What a bummer Mahjqa! As far as I can tell, they have no reason at all for using your name, it does not relate to the content of the new Mahjqa.com at all.
Well I suppose you could;

    Change the name slightly (as you have suggested)

    Add to the name eg, I_Mahjqa, Mahjqa_1, or even something like, Mahjqa's_Palace.

    Or more drastically, decide on a completely new name for your webspace.


Personally, I would go for adding to the name, if that did not work for me I would decide on a completely new name for my site and keep Mahjqa as my online name.
I think you may have been toying with the idea of changing your name from Mahjqa for quite a while, perhaps I'm wrong? If you were thinking of a name change then this may be the moment to consider it further.
Btw, I have had a terrible urge to email the perpetrators of this domain name stealing, to inform them that I would never, ever do any biz with them because of this.
I will not follow that particular urge yet untill I clear it with you Mahjqa

:::tao::: ::cell::

(Edited by Tao on 10-18-2004 17:45)

RhyssaFireheart
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Out on the Sea of Madness...
Insane since: Dec 2003

posted posted 10-18-2004 17:33

That really sucks to hear, Mahjqa. I'm curious to know how long a lag there was between when your "ownership" of the domain lapsed and when those dirty so-n-so's stole it from you. There are domain snatchers out there that pull crap like that.

I'd go with something totally new, yet related to you somehow. I'm in a similar situation, with all sorts of variations on my online name being taken or just not practical to use. That's one of the reasons my website is called "le coeur du feu," because I can't get any .com or .net variations on "rhyssa" or "fireheart" last I checked, and making people type out my full online name is cruel and unusual IMO.

The only thing with going with a whole new name is that you're rather stuck with it if you ever decided to change the name of your site for some reason. I wouldn't put a number in there, because then it looks like you are the copy-cat, but adding to it (like Majhqas_Palace) isn't a bad idea. I'd make sure to put somethimg up about how some &*&%)## stole your domain as well.

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Tyberius Prime
Paranoid (IV) Mad Scientist with Finglongers

From: Germany
Insane since: Sep 2001

posted posted 10-18-2004 18:03

well, there is the Uniform Domain Name
Dispute Resolution Policy
which you should check out.
Apart from that: #$&{%

Hugh
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dublin, Ireland
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 10-18-2004 18:30

fucktards. Nearly had the same happen to me, it didnt get snapped up though, less hits I guess.

.net .org ? or even .tv

Or go with something completly different, wigglypixels.com or something, hits will be mostly from links so what it is or how its spelt isnt so important. How often do you tell people of your site ? You probably have to spell it out like myself anyway.

Heres a thought, if you got a new domain and registered it as a company, then let your domain expire , could you in turn sue the crap out of those arseholes ? What if you register mahjqa.com as a company that sells old toast/red pixels. Wouldnt you then have the right to dispute its ownership. Like mcdonalds.com (used to belong to a couple with the same second name) among others.

Any lawyers out there ? It would be just great screwing those evil companies, like those companies that sell ringtones and other worthless shite with evil evil ads.

Qatar (is a country apparently) Their ISO country code is .qa .Register mahj there ? It could be cheap.

Hugh
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dublin, Ireland
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 10-18-2004 18:32

Bugger that last one, they do what the Brits do:
.com.qa for commercial use
.net.qa for Internet activities
.org.qa for non-for-profit organizations
.edu.qa for educational institutions
.gov.qa for governmental entities

Hebedee
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Maryland, USA
Insane since: Jan 2001

posted posted 10-18-2004 22:07

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/qa.html

Bummer about the domain, mahjqa.

mas
Maniac (V) Mad Librarian

From: the space between us
Insane since: Sep 2002

posted posted 10-18-2004 22:38

what a pity mahjqa, thats really a brashness
well actually i love all of your ideas, except majqa.com =)
vayamenda or mahj is great, though good luck with picking a new one

B | T | E | P | L

tntcheats
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: BC, Canada
Insane since: Jun 2004

posted posted 10-19-2004 00:44

I like maqja.com--that's what I remember your name as instead of mahjqua.

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Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 10-19-2004 02:42

thatozoneinmatewithcoolsigs.com?

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Something else

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reitsma
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: the smaller bedroom
Insane since: Oct 2000

posted posted 10-19-2004 03:30

now i realise common decency is all but extinct.... but have you tried contacting them?
It could be interesting to see exactly what price their after, anyways.

my experience with 6 letter domains points to the thousands.

reitsma

Rinswind 2th
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: Den Haag: The Royal Residence
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 10-19-2004 23:00

Or just use the coughdutchcough solution, can you still acces the content from the site? Just keep using it and let them pay... or put an big sign on the front page saying something like:

"This domain name is happily stolen from me by `fill_in_thieves_company_name_here'
Al content is owned and produced by me bla bla bla but i am grateful that company_X is willing to pay my domain name....bla bla bla"


good luck mate.

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metahuman
Maniac (V) Inmate

From: meme-contagion
Insane since: Aug 2003

posted posted 10-19-2004 23:09

Sue the Web Services Provider and then the domain squatters for compensatory and nominal damages. You had an implied-in-fact contract with the WSP to provide you with a domain name for a fee. They violated that agreement by not securing the domain long enough for the transaction to complete. You've already demonstrated intent to pay for the domain. In order for the agreement to purchase the domain to be discharged, complete or substantial or satisfactory performance of the contract must be evident. That is not the case here. Here you have the WSP, the breaching party, who failed to perform on the contract and thus resulted in the loss of your domain.

The new domain's registrant is...

Organization Name: Jaguar Technologies LLC
First Name: client_of
Last Name: jaguar
Address 1: 4201 SW Freeway
Address 2:
City: Houston
StateProvince: TX
PostalCode: 77027
Country: US
Phone: +1.7139601502
Fax: +1.7139601581
EmailAddress:

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(Edited by metahuman on 10-19-2004 23:24)

poi
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: France
Insane since: Jun 2002

posted posted 10-19-2004 23:19

When reading the title of this thread, I can't help thinking to a song of Charles Trenet saying :

quote:
Boum
Quand notre cur fait Boum
Tout avec lui dit Boum
Et c'est l'amour qui s'éveille.
Boum

Which in english becomes more or less :

quote:
Boom
When our heart does boom
Everything say Boom with it.
And that's love that wake up.
Boom

In short, Mahjqa : Love is the answer. Don't be bitter towards the domain whores and take it as an occasion to recreate a brand new site.



mahjqa
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: The Demented Side of the Fence
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 10-20-2004 10:03

The exact how's and why's are unclear to me at the moment, but apparently the issue has been solved. Apparently, as soon as my registration ran out the domain was pointed to a random "search" site (wether this was done by a third party or my own host is unclear) but after a bit of emailing to and fro (and a charge of 10 bucks for repurchasing the domain) it's all mine again. Phew.

However, I think I'll still get mahj.com as a secondary domain, for convenience's sake.

When googling for new domain names (majqa, vayamenda) I typed in "majqa". Google said "did you mean to spell it 'mahjqa'?" .... I love that thing.

I suppose it's going to be very hard ever to get rid of this nick

quote:
You probably have to spell it out like myself anyway.


Yup, indeed. That's why I'm getting mahj.com for convenience's sake. Thanks, everyone, for the support and ideas... I got off really easy this time.



(Edited by mahjqa on 10-20-2004 10:05)

kitty
Obsessive-Compulsive (I) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Sep 2004

posted posted 10-20-2004 10:19

- hi sorry to hear about all this - but I'm curious any chance its some kinda elaborate hoax [edit: by which i mean con] to get you to pay out more money?

- also re: buying domain name similar to the one you already have, do you intend to use it, or just buy the name? - what I mean by that is, I know that some people opt for buying similar names, and do some kinda mirroring? (is that what its called) - just curious if that was your intention- cos it means shelling out even more money!

anyways, good luck...

kitty...

(Edited by kitty on 10-20-2004 10:22)

Pugzly
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: 127.0.0.1
Insane since: Apr 2000

posted posted 10-20-2004 14:14

As someone who provides hosting services and domain name services, I would recommend that you DIRECTLY handle all domain name related issues DIRECTLY with the registrar.

When we purchase a domain name for a client, we transfer it to them as soon as the site is up and running and they've paid their bill. We don't like to hold on to them, because it causes excess overhead. It's also a pain when the client's company goes out of business just before their hosting plan expires, but doesn't tell you. Because you then renew the domain name before you find out.

It's ALWAYS in your best interest to keep things in your name. Domain name(s), hosting, etc.

I X I
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: beyond the gray sky
Insane since: Apr 2004

posted posted 10-20-2004 19:41

hey, just a note, Mahjqa... I was browsing your site and noticed what looks like SPAM!!! on your guestbook




...Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most (ozzy osbourne)

Hugh
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Dublin, Ireland
Insane since: Jul 2000

posted posted 10-21-2004 13:04

Great news on getting your domain right back, no harm in having more than one though,.

I X I: Looks like well deserved praise to me.

brucew
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: North Coast of America
Insane since: Dec 2001

posted posted 10-21-2004 17:26

I'm with Pugzly 100% on this one, although I go a step further.

For years and years I recommended to clients that since the domain registration is the single most important aspect of their online identity that it always be handled in-house by responsible people. Never let anyone else--especially not your hosting provider--handle it for you.

Now that I provide hosting services too, I take my own advice by not even offering domain registration. I refer clients to the list of ICANN Accredited Registrars and tell them that I use GoDaddy myself. I'll help those who think the process of filling out an online form is "too complicated" and I will let them list my company as their Technical Contact. But I want nothing to do with any of the rest of it.

Citing examples like this one generally helps them understand why, but I have lost business due to this policy. I'd rather lose the business than put myself and a client in the situation you describe. Life goes on, I can sleep at night, and there are always more potential clients.



(Edited by brucew on 10-21-2004 17:28)

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