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DomainTools suspends “abusive” accounts

August 21, 2012Domain Services, domain tools, Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on DomainTools suspends “abusive” accounts

Domain data provider takes steps to eliminate abusive and auto generated accounts.

DomainToolsDomainTools is taking steps to remove abusive and auto-generated accounts that use its service, company CEO Tim Chen announced on the company’s blog today.

Chen explained that the company had previously been lax about closing accounts unless they leaked valuable data or affected site operation. It was concerned about false positives (shutting down legitimate accounts).

But apparently it has hit a tipping point, as the company decided to clean up what it views as abusive and auto-generated accounts.

“By pruning abusive accounts we strive to maintain the highest levels of service availability and query speed that our users and members deserve,” Chen wrote.

Users who feel their accounts were closed in error can contact MemberServices (at) DomainTools (dot) com to rectify the problem.

[Editor's note: The headline of this story was changed to replace "deletes" with "suspends" to better reflect the action DomainTools has taken. Accounts can still be restored.]

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DomainTools Turns on “Recent Whois” For Go Daddy Domain Names

January 6, 2011Domain Services, domain tools, Domaining, Domainnamewire, go daddyComments Off on DomainTools Turns on “Recent Whois” For Go Daddy Domain Names

Site begins showing older whois records.

DomainTools has come up with a (perhaps interim) solution after Go Daddy started blocking some whois services from accessing its full records.

Searches at DomainTools for domain names registered at Go Daddy now include a “recent whois record” with the note “We provide this record when data provided by the registrar is missing key information.”

Here’s an example:

It’s not clear how recent the whois records are and if they were pulled prior to Go Daddy’s block going into effect.

I’ve already come across one situation where I need historical whois information on a domain name that isn’t available because of the block.

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