RE: [registrars] Domain Expiration Date in Registry Managed Whois
Thank you for getting an initial draft together, and hosting the teleconference.
I have attached a word document that shows a mark up of my suggested changes.
I have distinguished between the expiry date of a registry record (ie indicates when it will remain in the registry or the zonefile in the ABSENCE of any registrar actions), from the expiry date of the registration agreement between the registrar and the registrant (ie indicates whether the registrant has a current agreement for the particular domain name with the registrar - if the agreement has expired the registrar may delete the registry record regardless of the expiry date of the registry record).
As I have stated before, a better long term solution to align the two expiry dates, is to move from an auto-renew after expiry to an explicit renew after expiry. The grace period would move from a period for when a deletion results in a refund, to a period where the name remains in service unless the name is explicitly deleted but an explicit renew results in payment and a new expiry date. You could then decide what happens at the END of the grace period (either an automate delete, or an automated renew where there is no refund).
The downside for the registry is that some registrars may receive payment from the registrant, but delay sending an explicit renew. Allowing the registry to display the current expiry date will help alleviate that practice (ie the expiry dates could still differ, but the registrant would quite rightly want to know why the registrar has not renewed the name at the registry).