Domain registration questions

when I checked a couple of my names one came up as registered, but when I check whois.com it looks like it was registered 9 month ago, way before the contest was even started. I’m just wondering how I was able to enter that domain if it was already registered? Also, @Dan, it looks like the.com.au domains aren’t checked accurately when you click on availability. It is only checking the.com (and saying taken) not the.com.au (which isn’t taken). Thx

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@AmandaWhite, this might happen if the contest allows multiple domain extensions. For example, if the contest allows .com and .io extension, the .com may be taken but .io might be available. So the system might accept the name in that case.

We are looking into the .com.au availability check.