The basic problem is that when you transfer a registration away from Dreamhost, DH does not (in the cases that I’ve experienced) know that the registration is gone. Also, there is no way in the panel for a customer to tell DH that the registration is gone.
As a result, some considerable time later … and even though you have since renewed the domain with another registrar … when the original expiration time of the domain as of when Dreamhost last knew about it comes up, DH sends you an email which says:
[quote]This is just an FYI that because we did not receive a request to renew it, and because “yourdomain.com” has expired, the domain name has just been deleted from the registry.
Thank you very much for choosing DreamHost!
The Happy DreamHost Domain Registration Team[/quote]
Thank you for being such a flakey registration company. A useful reminder of the impermanence of everything.
(footnote: it is a false alarm; yourdomain.com has not actually been deleted from the registry … hopefully)