DNS problem: not resolving correctly; dig response includes "status: REFUSED"

I’ve got four domains, all of which I would like to point to a placeholder page (running on a LAMP droplet) while I develop my site.

Two of the domains are resolving properly, and two are not.

I’ve followed the steps in your DNS Tips and Tricks article (

  1. whois confirms that ns1, ns2, & ns3 at digital ocean are the name servers for all four domains

  2. but dig shows that the two non-resolving domains are having some kind of issue, which I can’t decipher.

the GOOD domain includes this in the dig response:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 22718 ;; flags: qr aa rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

whereas the BAD domain includes this in the dig response:

;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: REFUSED, id: 22254 ;; flags: qr rd; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

Any idea as to why the status would be refused? All four domains are configured identically in DO’s DNS control panel.

Many thanks, Roop

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Actually all four are resolving properly now. I was thrown off by the fact that two took much longer to resolve. <br> <br>Thank you both for your assistance.

What are the domain names?

Thanks – it’s been about 24 hours, though I will note that the two “good” domains began resolving within just a couple of hours. <br> <br>Also, does the propagation time affect the whois data and the dig data equally? <br>