I suspect you’re SOL - because you allowed your domain name to expire, someone who thought it was worth something to him/her snapped it up so the cost to recover it will be whatever they ask for. Consider this a lesson learned at great cost.
Is it a valuable domain to others besides yourself? If not, I’d offer Cost + $5. If it’s something that someone else could commercialize then, I might start offering well into the $xxx range immediately.
Oh and in addition, i cant seem to track down the guy. It’s weird because
i’m the only person on this planet who knows what the word in the domain means.
the visitors on the site knew me physically, (all 600+ of them).
2a. If anyone else came on the site, it was for sure by accident.
So i figure that he probably bought the domain name after seeing the domain’s traffic history. Which could mean that he only wants to sell it. And consequently, SHOULD mean that his whois info is correct. But i can’t seem to get a hold of him.
No, it’s not a big fancy domain name or anything; it’s just the title of a project i’m working on. And no one would know what the domain name meant unless they are from the community i’m making it for… Anyway, it’s good to know that i don’t have to offer that much.
That is not easy to understand how much your domain name worth. In any way you will need to have some consultation with experts. On may domain name related forums you can find sections for domain name appraisals. That would be giood idea to ask opinion there. Also there are several specialized services working in appraisal way only.