I started an ENS auction on ropsten, but I forgot to bid.

Now the auction date has passed. The name is listed as not available:

 > ethRegistrar.entries(web3.sha3('name'))[0]

The owner, however, seems to be nobody:

 > deedContract.at(ethRegistrar.entries(web3.sha3('name'))[1]).owner();

The name is obscure, so I think most likely there was no bids at all as it expired. Either that, or the other bidder(s) forgot to reveal bids before the end.

I tried to finalize it, and got some transaction hash. But it doesn't change anything.

Is the name now lost forever?

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Is the name now lost forever?

Testnets are only transient. They can be withdrawn - or attacked - at any time, so even if the name isn't lost now, it would have been (will be) at some indefinite time in the future.

A couple of further ideas:

  • I haven't kept up with the state of Ropsten after the spam attack earlier in the month, but it's possible that it's still in a bad way. (Someone can correct me on that.)
  • With the postponement of the official ENS launch and discovery of bugs [1, 2] in the contract code, it's probably wise to give ENS some breathing space until things are back up and running.
  • Ahh, I see. I somehow read this totally wrong, and had gotten the impression they would persist also after the transition. That doesn't make too much sense, though, now that I think of it. Thanks.
    – lash
    Mar 18, 2017 at 0:04

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