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FAQ About .ME Domain Names

 

General FAQ

1. I would like to register a domain. Now what?
2. I want to transfer my domain to a new registrar.  Where can I get the “authorization code”?
3. What dispute process is currently being used?
4. I am interested in purchasing some premium domains. What can I do?

Premium Names Release FAQ

1. What is the premium domain program?
2. How does this program differ from the way companies register Web domains?
3. Why do large and even small companies typically register premium domains?
4. Why are you asking people to apply to own these valuable domains versus simply selling them?
5. How valuable are these domains as Web properties?
6. What are your criteria for making a decision and awarding the domains?
7. Why aren’t you just selling these domains to the highest bidder?
8. Why are you releasing these five domains now?
9. What organizations in the past have applied to the Dot Me Registry to get a premium domain?

ME Registrar FAQ

1. What is an authorization code? How do I use one?
2. What finance-related issues should registrars be aware of?
3. What is the port 43 Whois-Server?
4. What time conventions are used?
5. What are the valid characters and valid lengths for domain names?
6. What are the status values?

Registrar Security FAQ

1. How does the registry control access to the Shared Registry System?
2. How do I specify the IP addresses that can access the SRS?
3. What is a SSL Certificate?
4. Where do I get a SSL Certificate?
5. What is the purpose requirement of `SSL Client:YES` for the certificate I purchase?
6. Which cipher suites are accepted?
7. When do I get the username/password for the production SRS?
8. Which SSL toolkit should I use?

.Me WHOIS Information

1. Introduction
2. Searches, Keywords and Modifiers
3. Terms Found in the .Me WHOIS Database
4. A Note About Use of .Me WHOIS
5. WHOIS Limit Exceeded Error Messages

General FAQ

1. I would like to register a domain. Now what?
If the domain is available, refer to the list of accredited registrars to register the domain with the registrar of your choice.

2. I want to transfer my domain to a new registrar. Where can I get the “authorization code”?
The registrar of record is obliged to provide you with your authorization code upon request. Once you have obtained the authorization code for a domain, please provide this code to the new registrar (gaining registrar) in order to initiate the transfer.

3. What dispute process is currently being used?
The process currently being used is the Uniform Dispute Resolution Process (UDRP).

4. I am interested in purchasing some premium domains. What can I do?
Should you be interested in one of these premium domains we recommend that you do one of the following:
a. Check out the .Me Registry’s Development Program.
And/Or
b. Visit the parking page of a premium domain you are interested in (http://premiumname.me) and register for the “Domain Auction Alert”. Once registered, we will automatically contact you with information once a premium domain is scheduled for release. To learn more about auction prices check out .Me Auction page.
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Premium Names release FAQ

1. What is the premium domain program?
The Premium domain program is designed to match the best .Me domains, (which have been reserved by the .Me Registry and are not available to the public) with the best projects, services and websites. We invite all businesses, large or small, existing or start-up, to submit an application to use one of these great, rare names. Once an application is submitted, the team reviews it and the applicant is contacted.
These memorable .Me domain names are perfect for any company that wishes to brand themselves as unique and personal, or launch a new product using an exclusive name.

2. How does this program differ from the way companies normally register Web domains?
Generally, companies may register available (unreserved) domains through their preferred registrar or, as is typically the case, a company may also offer to purchase a domain that is already registered and/or currently in use directly from its “owner”. However, if a company seeks a domain that is a common or key word, this can be prohibitively expensive or lead to long, cumbersome URLs that are a vague variation on the name of the company, product or service. .Me created The Premium Names Program to avoid this problem.
The Premium Names Program has been designed for creative companies, online communities, startups and entrepreneurs to painlessly apply for a short, memorable premium domain. .Me invites all interested parties to submit applications (along with their business proposals) for the premium .Me domain of their choice.

3. Why do large and even small companies typically register premium domains?
A domain is often the name of the business, service or product. The better a domain name is (i.e.; short and memorable), the greater the odds that it will be recognized and memorized. With the vast number of online businesses and services, the difference between success and failure can be whether or not customers remember and become emotionally attached to the name. A great name also ideally explains the business and marketing message, making your domain work for you on every level.
Premium domains offer businesses, companies, startups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to purchase a domain name that has never been associated with anyone or anything else. They are typically one to five characters in length, common terms or key words and have a built in call to action. Companies buy these names because they understand the power of strong branding and the inherent marketing value in a short, personal, memorable domain.

4. Why are you asking people to apply to own these valuable domains versus simply selling them?
Our goal is to assign the very best premium domains to the best content. If we sold them outright, large domain portfolio holders who don’t intent to build websites or offer services would likely purchase these domains. We reserved these five domains so that they would be available to be used by companies, businesses and startups that provide a quality product or service. Ultimately, this has far greater value for our domain (.Me).

5. How valuable are these domains as Web properties?
The meaning and often length of a domain determines its value, much like location determines the price of a physical property. Through The Premium Domain Development Program, we assign a premium domain almost every week. We have sold .Me domains at auction for prices ranging between USD 20,000.00 up to USD 70,000.00. Some of our registrars have also had 6-figure .Me sales. However, the real value of the domain shows through its use. For instance, Meet.Me, was sold for half of a million dollars. It’s like buying a piece of land, and then building a house; the quality of the house, land and neighborhood all contribute to the price. The “neighborhood” of .Me domains is extremely valuable. Some of the best and most successful startups, (which raised significant investments), and biggest brands are already part of the .Me family.

6. What are your criteria for making a decision and awarding the domains?
Our decisions are made based on a solid business plan, the quality of service to be provided and references of the applicants.

7. Why aren’t you just selling these domains to the highest bidder?
Our primary interest is in the content and quality of the service that will be attached to the premium .Me domain. While the immediate financial aspect of the transaction isn’t unimportant, our priorities lie in facilitating great content.

8. Why are you releasing these five domains now?
We are releasing these five domains first because the demand for them is the highest. We have already received many inquiries but wanted to open these domains up publicly to make sure that we connect the best names to the best services.

9. What organizations in the past have applied to the Dot Me Registry to get a premium domain?
Among the most known brands are WordPress, Google, Facebook, Visa corp, Time Magazine, Delicious and New York Times.
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.Me Registrar FAQ

1. What is an authorization code? How do I use one?
–  When a domain name is registered, a registrant is required to create a contact object along with a password. This password is the authorization code used for conducting registrar-to-registrar transfers (passwords are not required for any other operation with a domain).
– When a registrant wishes to transfer a domain to a new registrar, providing the “authorization code” (or auth code) to the new registrar (gaining registrar) is the only action required to initiate the transfer process. Registrars are obliged to provide registrants with the respective “authorization code” for a domain upon receiving such a request.

2. What finance-related issues should registrars be aware of?
Please refer to the Credit and Payment Policies document provided by the .Me Registry for complete information on funding Registry accounts. Generally, registrars are required to submit the provided financial forms, which must indicate the desired funding level and notification thresholds for an account. Importantly, when a registrar drops below their requested low balance notification threshold, the Registry will automatically send an email alert to the designated contact.

3. What is the port 43 Whois-Server?
The port 43 Whois-Server can be located at “whois.meregistry.net”.

4. What time conventions are used?
The .Me registry uses the UTC time for WHOIS and generally all data/displays. UTC stands Coordinated Universal Time, which is essentially the same as GMT since both uses the time in Greenwich, England as the base reference point. For more information on UTC, please reference the World Clock website here and here.
In the Web administrative tool, dates are formatted YYYY-MM-DD.

5. What are the valid characters and valid lengths for domain names?
Please refer to the Registrar Manual for details. Additionally, at this time, the .Me Registry does not support multilingual domain names in foreign character sets.

6. What are status values?
Domains can be in various states, which allow or restrict certain actions to be executed on the domain. Statuses for a domain are displayed in the domain record as well as the WHOIS for a particular domain name.
Two types of status values exist – client or server.  Client-related statuses can be placed on a domain or object by its owner (registrar), and can also be removed by the registrar. Server-related statuses are usually placed on domains or other objects by the Registry system itself in special cases like to enforce a grace period.
* OK: This is the normal status of a domain.
* PendingTransfer: A transfer is in progress. Displayed during the transfer period.
* DeleteProhibited: The object cannot be deleted until the status is removed.
* Hold: The domain name can be updated, renewed, deleted, or transferred; however, the domain name is not included in the zone and will not resolve via DNS. This status value is also placed on a domain by Registry when a domain does not have at least two nameservers.
* RenewProhibited: Requests to renew the domain name will be rejected; however the domain name can be transferred, deleted, or updated.
* TransferProhibited: The domain cannot be deleted until the status is removed.
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Registrar Security FAQ


1. How does the registry control access to the Shared Registry System?
Access to the Shared Registry System is restricted by 3 mechanisms:
* Access control to the production SRS is restricted by IP address filters.
* SSL encryption is required for the communication channels between the Registrar`s client system and the OT&E and production systems.
* Authentication by means of a username and password is required for session establishment.
The SRS requires the correct combination of the above three mechanisms before a registrar is granted access.

2. How do I specify the IP addresses that can access the SRS?
The Registrar Data Form has a section where IP subnets can be specified for accessing the production SRS. The specified subnets must conform to the following rules:
* A maximum of 2 subnets.
* A maximum of 64 IP addresses between the two subnets
* Subnets must be specified in CIDR format (e.g. 192.168.1.0/27) where the `/27` represents the length of the subnet. The limitation on the maximum of 64 IP addresses means that the length will never be less than /26.
* Examples of valid subnets include:
o One subnet of 64 hosts (e.g. 192.168.1.0/26)
o Two subnets of 32 hosts or less (e.g. subnet #1 as 192.168.2.0/27, which represents 32 addresses 192.168.2.0 to 192.168.2.31; and subnet #2 as 192.168.3.0/27, which represents 32 addresses 192.168.3.0 to 192.168.3.31)
* The specified subnets must fall on valid bit boundaries. For example, a subnet specified as 192.168.2.1/27 is not acceptable because `.1` is not a valid boundary for a /27 subnet. The following table defines the valid boundaries for each subnet length.

Length of Subnet   Number of Hosts Boundaries
 /26  64  0,64,128,192
 /27  31  0,32,64,96,128,160,192,224
 /28  16  0,16,32,48,64,80,96,112,128,
144,160,176,192,208,224,240
 /29  8  0,8,16,24,32,40,…,248
(in increments of 8)
 /30  4  0,4,8,12,16,20,…,252
(in increments of 4)
 /31  2  0,2,4,6,8,12,…,254
(in increments of 2)
 /32  1  0 through 255
(in increments of 1)

3. What is a SSL Certificate?
A digital certificate is simply a statement digitally signed by an independent and trusted third party (the Certificate Authority). That statement usually follows a very specific format laid down in a standard called X.509, hence they are sometimes referred to as X.509 certificates.
A certificate is required to establish an authenticated and encrypted communications channel between the Registrar’s server and the Registry’s SRS.

4. Where do I get a SSL Certificate?
X.509 SSL certificates can be obtained from one of the accepted Certificate Authorities. Please make sure that the certificate you obtain is NOT an individual/personal certificate. The accepted Certificate Authorities are:
Verisign
Thawte
Entrust
Geotrust
Comodo
Starfield

Please note the Starfield Intermediate and Root certificate details:
Intermediate Certificate Details:
Issuer:
C=US, O=Starfield Technologies, Inc., OU=Starfield Class 2 Certification Authority
Validity:
Not Before: Nov 16 01:15:40 2006 GMT
Not After : Nov 16 01:15:40 2026 GMT
Subject:
C=US, ST=Arizona, L=Scottsdale, O=Starfield Technologies, Inc.,
OU=http://certificates.starfieldtech.com/repository, CN=Starfield Secure Certification
Authority/serialNumber=10688435
Root Certificate Details:
Issuer:
C=US, O=Starfield Technologies, Inc., OU=Starfield Class 2 Certification Authority
Validity:
Not Before: Jun 29 17:39:16 2004 GMT
Not After : Jun 29 17:39:16 2034 GMT
Subject:
C=US, O=Starfield Technologies, Inc., OU=Starfield Class 2 Certification Authority

If you would like to use a Certificate Authority that is not on this list, please contact .Me Tech Support at support@registry.me


5. What is the purpose requirement of `SSL Client:YES` for the certificate I purchase?
This defines the purpose of the certificate and whether it can be used as client certificate. The following is a sample of an expected output from the command: openssl x509 -in your_cert.filename -purpose
Certificate purposes:
* SSL client : Yes
* SSL client CA : No
* SSL server : Yes
* SSL server CA : No
* Netscape SSL server : Yes
* Netscape SSL server CA : No
* S/MIME signing : No
* S/MIME signing CA : No
* S/MIME encryption : No
* S/MIME encryption CA : No
* CRL signing : Yes
* CRL signing CA : No
* Any Purpose : Yes
* Any Purpose CA : Yes
* OCSP helper : Yes
* OCSP helper CA : No
Please ensure that the certificate you purchase has “YES” for SSL client. As noted, this certificate can be used for both server and client purposes.

6. Which cipher suites are accepted?
To establish a SSL connection to the SRS, the Registrar`s client system must choose a cipher suite supported by the SRS. The SRS supports the following ciphers:
* SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
* SSL_RSA_WITH_RC4_128_SHA
* SSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
* SSL_DHE_DSS_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
* SSL_DHE_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA
* SSL_DH_anon_WITH_RC4_128_MD5
* SSL_DH_anon_WITH_DES_CBC_SHA
* SSL_DH_anon_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA

7. When do I get the username/password for the production SRS?
The username and password for the production SRS is issued after you have successfully completed accreditation

8. Which SSL toolkit should I use?
Registrars are responsible for obtaining an SSL toolkit that is compatible with the development language and platform of their client system. The minimum requirement is that it must support SSL version 3.
For C, C++ or Perl Environments
OpenSSL is the optimal open source SSL solution.
For Java Environments
Sun’s Java Secure Socket Extension
SSLava from Phaos Technology
SSLava is also the toolkit used in the development of the SRS.
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.Me WHOIS Information

1. Introduction
The .Me WHOIS is a tool used to look up records in the .Me registry database.  This database is a comprehensive, centralized database of all the .Me domain names that have been registered worldwide. You can access .Me WHOIS on this site.  Advanced users can also access the port 43 WHOIS server at: WHOIS.meregistry.net or whois.nic.me.
Each record within the database has the domain name’s ID (a domain`s assigned unique identifier), at least one contact name for the domain, a record type, and additional information about the domain.
– To search for a .Me domain name, simply type in the domain name you wish to look up.
– The entered domain must be a second-level domain, for example “example.Me” since WHOIS database does not contain third-level domains like “another.example.me”.
– Do not enter the beginning of the domain URL, such as http://www.
– If the domain you are searching for is not contained in the .Me WHOIS database, it is likely available for registration.  To register an available .Me domain, please contact a .Me authorized registrar.

2. Searches, keywords and modifiers
Please be advised that searches are not case-sensitive, with the exception of Registrar searches, which require the capitalize word `Registrar` along with a capitalized spelling of the registrar’s name.  Additionally, ASCII alphanumeric characters and hyphens are accepted in the lookup of a .Me domain.  All other characters are not accepted. Each search will only return a maximum of 50 search results.
The .Me WHOIS server only supports the following four types of lookup objects: Domain, Name Server, Contact and Registrar.

Keywords
The default search for the .Me WHOIS is to look up domain name records. However, the .Me WHOIS is capable of performing specialized keyword searches. Keyword searches are helpful because they can yield fewer and more exact matches that one is looking for. The following keywords can be used to filter and narrow search returns.
– To search by Domain, simply type in the domain name, including the “.Me” extension. Alternatively, using “domain example.me” will also work.
– To search by Contact ID, type in the word “contact” and the contact identifier, such as “contact C100-ABCD”.
– To search by IP Address, type “host” and an IP address like “host 121.23.2.7”.
– To search by Host or Nameserver, type `host` and a nameserver, for example, `NS01.domain.me`; host name lookups can only be performed on .Me hosts and not on hosts for other TLDs.
– To search by Registrar, type the word `Registrar` and the registrar`s name with the first letter in the name capitalized – “Registrar Registrarname”.

Modifiers
Modifiers are used to further tailor your searches. You can use modifiers in conjunction with keywords.

– ID
Search ID fields. This applies to Contact IDs and Registrar IDs. Example: “contact C100000-LRMS”
– FULL or =
Always show detailed results, even for multiple matches. Example: “= domainnam%”
– summary
Using “summary”, “SUM” or “$” will return summarized results, even for multiple matches.  Example: “summary name smith, john”. Can also work in conjunction with the ID modifier.
– %
Wildcard character and partial string searches.  The “%” symbol is a wildcard and adding it as a suffix to a name or an ID will produce all records that start with the partial string. For example: a search for “Registrar domain%” will return a list or registrars which includes the names “Domain Bank, Inc.”, “Domain Registry.com Inc.”, etc.
Please Note: the use of the wildcard character cannot be combined with use of the “Domain” keywords (see above), and is not allowed in the “.Me” or “-LRMS” portion of the a input string. If “.Me” or “-LRMS” is not included in the input string, it will be implied at the end of the string except for IP Addresses and Registrar Organization queries.
– _
Using the underscore symbol, “_” as a suffix, produces records that start with that input string and have one and only one additional character. Example: a search for “brand_” will return “brands.me”, “brandy.me”, etc.
Please Note: If “.me” or “-LRMS” is not included in the input string, it will be implied at the end of the string except for IP Addresses and Registrar Organization queries.

3. Terms found in .Me WHOIS database
Domain Status: Normal operating domains have a status of “OK” or “Active”. Domains with other status values are typically domains with pending operations or have restrictions regarding the domain.
OK: This is the nominal status value for a domain object at all times, whether or not the domain has pending operations or prohibitions.
New: This is the nominal status for a newly created domain object. The domain can be modified unless locked.
Active: This is the nominal status for a domain object once it has been published in a zone. The domain has a zone file and can be modified.
Locked: A locked domain cannot be transferred, renewed or deleted though the status value can change. Hierarchical and associated objects cannot be added or removed from the domain object as well. Domain names involved in Sunrise and other disputes may be locked, subject to registry policies.
Hold: The domain will not be published to a zone to allow for DNS resolution. Names without at least two nameservers may be placed in Hold status via submission of data through your registrar.
pendingTransfer: A transfer request has been received for the domain, and completion of the request is pending. The domain cannot be renewed, deleted or updated while in this state.

pendingDelete: A delete request has been received from the registrar for the domain. The domain has been removed from the zone, but has not yet been purged from the registry database. The domain cannot be renewed, deleted, transferred or updated while in this state.
clientHold: The domain will not be published in a zone for DNS resolution. This status is placed on the domain by the registrar.
clientLock: The domain cannot be transferred, renewed, deleted or updated. This status is placed on the domain by the registrar. An update command may be used to change the status value. Hierarchical and associated objects cannot not be added or removed from the domain object.
ID: Each database record has a single field (its `ID`) that uniquely identifies it. The ID is shown in parenthesis following the record`s name.
For example: Doe, John (C100000-LRMS)
The `C100000-LRMS` is the ID.
There is an ID associated with each `object` in the registry.  An object can be a domain, host or contact. For example, you can use the ID modifier (see above) to search for contact and registrar IDs. Individuals owning multiple domains will also have multiple domain IDs, though they may have either one or possibly many contact IDs depending on how the registrar system created the registry information.
Sponsoring Registrar: A registrar that administers a domain name on behalf of the registrant is a Sponsoring Registrar. In the case where a reseller of a registrar registers a domain name, only the reseller`s registrar will appear in the Sponsoring Registrar field.
Trademark Information: Owners of registered trademarks and service marks have been allowed to register their corresponding domain names as a way of protecting their intellectual property.  In such cases, the domain record will note the trade or service mark name, the date of registration for the registered mark, the country of registration, as well as the registration number.

4. A note about the use of .Me WHOIS
WHOIS terms & conditions
Access to .Me WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the .Me registry database. The data in this record is provided by .Me Registry for informational purposes only, and .Me Registry does not guarantee its accuracy.
This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances, will you use this data to:
(a) allow, enable or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, facsimile, or other electronic processes of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than the data recipient’s own existing customers; or
(b) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of Registry Operator, except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations.
All rights reserved.
.Me Registry reserves the right to modify these terms at any time.
By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

5. WHOIS limit exceeded error messages
The .Me Registry`s WHOIS service is constantly being monitored for abusive practices like data mining. And as a result, on September 24, 2007, the .Me Registry took substantive action against users who had abnormally high or abusive usage of the public WHOIS service.
The Registry stays vigilant against WHOIS abuse, by constantly upgrading our detection methods, as well as, improving operational practices to ensure security and protection of the public WHOIS service (web and Port 43).  The .Me Registry retains the right to apply WHOIS abuse measures on a real-time basis, which may affect users for short periods of time.  System messages will be available when the WHOIS is down for upgrading. Importantly, accredited .Me registrars will not be affected and will continue to have access to domain, host and contact information via EPP and their authorized credentials.
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