Well the last 48hrs were interesting for us here. As most of you know we had to pull the plug on the free .be registrations here last night. Being on the ‘most popular’ list of del.icio.us / digg and 100+ blogs /forums can take quite a toll on a server, and put unfair pressure on our other services. The form finished the day a feather off 20’000 sessions.
The other problem came from the other registrars dropping out of the promotion as their resources failed. There seemed a mad rush to find someone still putting through applications and the last man standing seemed to be us.
There has been a lot of talk at the Registry level about this promotion in the last 24hrs. The Belgium Registry didn’t seem to appreciate the level of interest in .be domains. In fact they started the promotion on a National holiday…
The other problem was that no one had been told how many domains an individual could register. We took the safe option at 10. However their were rumours suggesting that people “not take more than 500 per user id”. This put a lot of strain on the system. The Belgium Registry has around 480’000 .be registrations, an estimated 17’000 came in on Tuesday.
Registration progress has been slow today. It is obvious we need a faster form to handle the pressure of this promotion, and we have already started moving across to a new platform. The Belgium Registry have also been busy trying to shut that stable door.
Anyone who they consider to have been ‘warehousing’ domains, i.e. keeping them without intent to use, will have them taken away. Many people have received an email today informing them that the domain(s) they registered have been put back into the pool.
They have also released further guidelines to registrars, which we will be following:
Registrars must check for abuses by implementing:
- Unique ids
- Control that one registrant does not abuse and order excessive quantities of domain
- Check this through unique ID and IP address level
- Limit quantities per registrant
Our new scripts will be taking these factors into account. Now the good and bad news. The bad first, this may mean that we have to disregard the applications we have in our queue. They have not been subject to these conditions. The good news, with so many domains thrown back into the pool, everything is there to play for again.
Domains that have been successfully registered by us are ok. That is unless you have already been emailed by the Belgium Registry directly. Less than 10 domains though – you are fine.
I hope this explains the situation to everyone. I will post here again once we re-open the promotion. We need time to make these updates to our scripts, so it’s looking like tomorrow now.