Help! ONESTOP NETWORK has jacked my domain!

I'm in a bit of a quandary over my domain (http://mattbarton.net), and I'm hoping some of the clever folks here will be able to help me out. In a nutshell, here's what happened. During the first week of the semester, the commercial (managed) server I had hosting my mattbarton.net (official classroom site) went on the blink, crashing several times and staying down all during some of my first classes (a PR disaster). I tried to be patient, but when it happened the next day, and after they didn't respond to my emails or phone calls asking what was going on, I decided to switch to site5. I managed to copy my website and database over to the new site, but there's one last hitch--I need to get mattbarton.net pointing to this new server.

Unfortunately, the domain registry I've been using for years, ONESTOP NETWORK, has apparently become one of the worst on the planet. I went to their website, logged in, and attempted to manually change the DNS to the new ones, but guess what--nothing happened. I figured it might take awhile (this was on Saturday), so I waited until Monday afternoon. Nothing (the website says it will take up to 36 hours for the switch to take effect.) Well, now it's Thursday, and the domain is STILL pointing to the old site.

I've submitted two trouble tickets to One Stop that were unanswered. I also tried the "live assistance" chat option and tried to communicate the problem, but the, uh...person on the other end didn't seem to understand what a DNS was, much less how to fix it, and kept putting me on hold (he actually disconnected me at one point). Then he said he'd "send me the details in an email," whatever that means. Needless to say, I never got an email.

So, I tried calling (long distance mind you). After being put on hold and promised that I was the "next caller in line" for about 10 minutes, I was connected directly to voice mail. I told them my problem, but let's just say I have very little hope left that anybody at ONESTOP is going to help me (even assuming that there is someone there who can!)

So, I called godaddy.com and asked if there was some way they could help me out. They said the only way would be if I could somehow "unlock" the domain from ONESTOP...Since I don't see that happening (it's not as if they'd actually answer an email), I'm left with very few options here.

I actually paid for two more years of domain registration through ONESTOP. I realize I could just abandon mattbarton.net, but I'm currently using a javascript to forward visitors to the new site. This is a clumsy solution that doesn't work well at all. Plus, it results in horrible URLs for the site.

Does anyone have any ideas? Should I just keep badgering ONESTOP until they do something, or do I have other options? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Matt, Try calling ONESTOP's sales line, and asking to register a new domain and get them all pointed to one location . . .or whatever, but tell them you don't want ot do that till you get the current one properly forwarded.  Sales people tend to have the most power.

When you register you name with a company that has a convenience store type name, what do you expect???

Sorry. Maybe it's time to make up a good story: "I've sold the domain, and the new owners says if I don't transfer it in the next few days, they will sue both me and Onestop. So can you either help me or give me the name of your attorney so they know where to forward the documents? "

:-;)

Otherwise, you might see if ICANN has a complaint center. If so, I'd go submit one, even though it's probably a lengthy resolution process.

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Charlie | cyberdash

I only read the first few sentences, but this looks like a place to start:

Policy on Transfer of Registrations between Registrars

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Charlie | cyberdash

Matt, if they made the change a few days ago, doesn't it take a while for the DNS change to propogate? I'm just trying to think in terms of the best possible outcome here. Sounds pretty bad, though. You've been pretty patient with them so far, considering the amount of grief they've given you.

Why don't you give them your bank account number so they can provide you a refund since you won't be using their services any longer? For extra incentive, send along your SS# and driver's license number. That should be all the information they need, but just to be safe, be sure to send your birthdate and mother's maiden-name. If all else fails, blog/wiki everywhere you can that they stink!

bradley || bleckblog.org

No worries, Bradley. I went ahead and sent them all this information already. Actually, I was smart this time--I used your information instead of mine. Just to be on the SAFE side. You never know what kind of identity-thieving swindlers are in cyberspace. I don't even let them know I'm an actual human. Safety in bots. Oh, BTW...

Check out Barton's gaming blog at Armchair Arcade.

. . . my mother's maiden-name was platypus?

bradley || bleckblog.org

Not sure where you are on this, and maybe you have all this info, but seeing this problem a few times while doing hosting support, hope this helps.

Registrar lookup shows that Network Solutions is the registrar, which means that onestop is possibly a reseller, so perhaps a greviance process with Net Sol.

 

Current Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC. IP Address: 67.15.229.11 (ARIN & RIPE IP search) IP Location: US(UNITED STATES) Record Type: Domain Name Server Type: Apache 1 Lock Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK

It is locked, but Net Sol might work with the admin owners email, or contact info, which seems to be a tampabay roadrunner account.

The IP of the DNS servers and site itself belong to

OrgName: Everyones Internet
OrgID: EVRY
Address: 390 Benmar
Address: Suite 200
City: Houston
StateProv: TX
PostalCode: 77060
Country: USRTechHandle: RW172-ARIN
RTechName: Williams, Randy
RTechPhone: +1-713-579-2850
RTechEmail: *****@ev1.net This is who Onestop is getting their IPs for hosting through, (or a wholesaler above onestop, its
a messed up business) so they might be able to help with their own unresponsive customers.And this you probably have, but its the owners information for the domain onestop.netAdministrative Contact:
Hostmaster, OneStop domainmaster@onestop.net
10401-106 Venice Blvd. #245
Los Angeles, CA 90034
US
+1-877-701-7085 Fax: +1-866-663-4678 Hope some of this helps, seen it a few times and its never fun : ( Donovon D

 

"It is locked, but Net Sol might work with the admin owners email, or contact info, which seems to be a tampabay roadrunner account."

That might be part of your problem, Matt. They might have emailed you at your Tampa email address for confirmation for unlock.

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Charlie | cyberdash

 

Well, if your domain name registered with that company,you can ask your present hosting company to ask them to change the name servers.

Well as far as i see it,

You i.p. address is 67.15.229.11
name servers belong to webpowerplus.org

 Check again if they respond otherwise you can register in with the following available domains redirecting the present one to the following -

mattbarton.biz

mattbarton.us

mattbarton.cc

mattbarton.tv

 

 

Well, I've been on the phone all morning with Network Solutions (the parent company) trying to get this straightened out. The situation is so confusing because ONESTOP never updated my registrant information, so it was still pointing to a very obsolete email and physical address (where I first signed up for the "service"). So, Network Solutions is having a time verifying I am who I say I am. And, of course, it doesn't do any good to try to update my registrant information on the OneStop page, because those controls apparently do nothing...!

Oh, and, yes, I tried calling EVERY number available on the OneStop Solutions site, including sales. In each case, they kept me on hold for about five minutes and then patched me through to voice mail. As far as I can see, OneStop Solutions is totally defunct (though they interestingly still accept payments to renew domains...)

As I understand, here's what's going to happen next--Network Solutions has sent me a page to sign and fax back. They'll take 24 hours or so so put me into the system, and it'll take 3-4 days for the transfer to take place. Hopefully, the DNS will be changed at this time as well.

I just hope that any other sucker looking for a domain register will see this thread in Google and check it out before making that decision. Then again, I'm not sure if it's even possible to setup a new account...

At any rate, I really appreciate everyone'e help here! Thanks!

Check out Barton's gaming blog at Armchair Arcade.

So, Network Solutions is having a time verifying I am who I say I am.

Could that be because you are in actual fact a fictional professor employed at a fictional university in Scandinavia? :-p

May you soon escape IT hell.