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Re: [ga] Verisign removing expiration dates from WHOIS Data?

Moreover, if WLS becomes reality, it is a serious ICANN issue, since
there is no bottoms-up consensus to support it.

There are those in favor, of course, but how many of them are
potential benefactors of new, found income from it? I'd guess that to
be the majority.

It is interesting that VeriSign presents WLS as a way for it to help
grow business for the Registrars (per the press release/quote below),
but the Registrars who represent the majority of registrations have
taken a position in opposition to WLS. Could it be that those
Registrar's have noses that know the difference between chicken salad
and chicken S*&%? I'd guess it is so, as well.

If WLS becomes reality, the expiration date is really a minor
consideration in the total scope of things.  There will be much bigger
fish to fry.

A quote from NewsBytes - http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173564.html

  But VeriSign spokeswoman Cheryl Regan contends that the demand for
  "recycled" domains is high enough that the service could provide a
  real boon to registrars.

  "We're doing this as a way to help grow new business for
  registrars," Regan said.

roflmao :-)

Saturday, March 16, 2002, 5:11:52 PM, George Kirikos <gkirikos@yahoo.com> wrote:
GK> Hello,

GK> Take a look at the WHOIS for the domain name "auction-barn.com"

GK> http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois?STRING=auction-barn.com&SearchType=do

GK> In particular:

GK>    Record last updated on 15-Mar-2002.
GK>    Record created on 26-Jan-2000.
GK>    Database last updated on 16-Mar-2002 04:35:00 EST.

GK> The "Record Expires" date is missing. 

GK> If VGRS goes ahead with WLS, this is a potentially serious issue, as
GK> consumers might be misled into purchasing WLS slots on names that
GK> expire years in the future, as they'd have no way of knowing when the
GK> name truly expires (let alone when it is released, even if it should be
GK> past expiry). Existing customers and domain owners would also not be
GK> able to check for sure when a name is due to expire, if they can't
GK> check the WHOIS on their own names.

GK> Furthermore, aren't registrars required to show certain data elements
GK> in their WHOIS, as part of their accreditation contracts??

GK> Sincerely,

GK> George Kirikos
GK> http://www.kirikos.com/

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