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Personal Rant

There are gTLDs, developers.

Bloody act like it.

A screenshot from the worldmarket.com website, actual email redacted, showing the “Please enter a valid email address with ‘@’ and ‘.'” message.

This starts a rant about Cost Plus World Market, and many other websites that requests your email address, but uses some archaic, distressingly not-updated method of determining if the email address might or might not be valid.

As you can see, this post happens to be sitting on a domain, lick.blue; I have email addresses to match, because I don’t want to look like the common at-google-reads-your-correspondences-dot-com pleb.

I recently lamented that I wanted to do away with my last .us domain, because Registry Services (the NIC behind .US) disallows WHOIS cloaking. This means anyone who wants to run a simple whois yourdomainname.us can see your actual information that’s on file with the registrar. That includes phone numbers, physical addresses, and legal name.

ICANN requires the information to be on file and accurate, but a registrar (like the fine folks at Porkbun 😊) can use a service to protect users from nosy turdoshits who try incredibly dangerous tactics with real info, while still making an abuse@ contact available (for things like DMCA violations and their ilk). As example, my primary registrar offers information on how to report abuse.

Right now, I have a handful of things I still have pointed at that .us domain that I still use and/or need, but cannot move them away to my .blue domain. This becomes irritating, as I’m going to end up paying for another year of the .us domain while I plot a way around this.

I reached out to World Market a couple of months back, because I couldn’t change my email address. After a bunch of back and forth, I was told a ticket was opened to get my issue of changing my email address on file sorted out.

It’s October.

My .US domain is up for renewal in a few weeks.

There’s been no response or changes, and I still cannot change my email address.

For a company with a name like World Market, this is not very worldly of them.

I get to renew a .US domain that I don’t want. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.

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