I don't understand what you mean when you say the "domain was registered by one of the DreamHost moderators", but if you have already been discussing this issue with DreamHost support, I suggest you continue to work with them to get it sorted.
It sounds as though you have some unusual situation, and if that is the case, they are the ones that can help you. I was only trying to make suggestions that I have found often help solve the problem you described.
I'm sorry you feel "like a ping pong ball". It's obvious I can't help you, and I'm sorry I wasted your time. Good luck with the DreamHost Tech support folks, and I hope they get it sorted for you soon.