Why did I get a domain name that redirects right back to Tripod? Well, gather 'round and I'll tell you the story.
There used to be this great service called NameZero, that would give you a free domain name that redirects to another website. It had an ad, but seeing that registering a domain was $70 at the time, it seemed worth it.
I didn't read the Terms of Service.
Without much notice, they cancelled Free service, offered "Plus" service, and kicked me off of my domain name, keeping it for themselves. This meant that if I wanted to register the name with a different service, I'd have to deal with NameZero to get it transferred.
NameZero is PURE FUCKING SLEAZE. They do not answer ANY questions to people who don't subscribe to their services (they do offer a crappy FAQ, though), so I couldn't ask them why they offered the same service for a number of different prices, and I couldn't get specifics about my position as a former Free service member.
So what did I do? I gave them $20 to re-register my domain, to ready it to be transferred to another service. This way, I could modify my WHOIS listing to get it ready to move to Active Web Hosting, which has a really good rate - $10 month for a domain name and unlimited space, with restrictions on MP3's and large ZIP files. So while my order is being processed, NameZero is redirecting jeffreyatw.com, as promised (thank God), to jeffreyatw.tripod.com.
The moral of the story? DON'T DEAL WITH