Archaic Standards of User Information Tracking, revisited.

Let’s start with the Salt Cup of things.

You’re likely reading this here on a less common gTLD, that is, You’ve seen all the dot-coms, dot-nets, dot-orgs, and the country codes in general, and now there’re these colorful new gTLDs, like .abogado (lawyers and law firms!), .dog (downward facing — oh, wait, that’s .yoga; this one’s just a good one), .soy (I am!), among many others.

For those of us who want our internet presences to reflect who we really are as a person, we might choose one of the newer generic Top Level Domains, like my choice of, or a yoga center going with their name and ending in .yoga.

However, there are businesses who use old, ancient as hell methods for user tracking and registration, either in the form of a legacy script that someone cribbed off HotScripts, or some other not-updated way to see if an email address might exist, or, of course, linking registrations inexorably to a single email address.

So for a person who might’ve registered something back when all they could have and know was a Google Mail or America Online email address, but then wants to move on to their custom email with that company, it’s nigh impossible.

It’s 2021. This really should not be the norm. In a company’s database, a global unique ID could easily have been generated for the user, divorcing the concept of “the email address is the only way” from “oh hey, new digs? Nice! I’ll update my address book.”

To wit, I’ve been able to change a lot of email addresses today, from the two major theaters in the area (Thank you, Regal and Cinemark), to one of my grocery store accounts (Good work, FredMeyer!), the US Postal Service, and Monoprice.

Where things fell short, of course, were with businesses like Subway, who insists that they can’t update my email address (so I nuked my account, not like I eat there anyway) and World Market, who can’t get it straight. So I’m waiting for that account to go away.

It’s a frustration, but one borne of wanting to close up several unfulfilling holes.

Personal Rant

There are gTLDs, developers.

Bloody act like it.

A screenshot from the 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,; 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 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.