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Old 05-13-2002, 12:53 PM   #1
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Default Verisign's stupid tactics.

I sometimes use domainwhitepages.com to query whois records and it is a very useful service. I found this while querying a record today

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The query for this domain cannot be completed because we have reached
our daily query limit for this particular Whois server. Please use the
link below to retrieve the Whois information. This only affects queries
for .com, .net, .org, and .edu domains specifically registered with
Network Solutions.

2002-05-09
VeriSign Registrar (a.k.a. Network Solutions) has recently tightened
its Whois policy again. It now enforces a flat 1000 query/day limit for
each IP address. Our utilities reach that limit early in the day and
are blocked from any further queries until the next day. Even though
VeriSign recognizes that Hexillion's utilities are not mining or
abusing its database, it offers no solutions other than its $10,000
bulk whois service.

We apologize that the usefulness of our tool has been diminished, but
it is out of our hands. Please direct any complaints to VeriSign, as
that is the only hope for change:
1-888-642-9675, (703)-742-0914, or via e-mail:
whoisquery@networksolutions.com
$10,000? What will happen to all those whois sites? like allwhois?
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Old 05-13-2002, 01:20 PM   #2
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I tought that the US Government was in control of the whois database, not Verisign...

Proves I'm wrong
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Old 05-13-2002, 02:31 PM   #3
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It's possible that domainwhitepages.com only contracts for so many look ups per day and once this is exceeded, there are no more. The bottom line is it costs netsol x $$ in bandwidth and associated costs to provide information to competing services.
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Old 05-13-2002, 11:38 PM   #4
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AFAIK the US govt contracts Verisign to maintain the central whois DB and every registrar pays netsol about $6/domain to host the domain record. Right, it does cost netsol $$'s but being the central registry I think imposing any restrictions is not the way to do business. Maybe they shouldn't restrict whois providers/domain registrars.
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