Re: [ga] NSI immediately registering domains that are searched on their site
- To: <ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [ga] NSI immediately registering domains that are searched on their site
- From: "Prophet Partners Inc." <Domains@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 16:43:27 -0500
In my opinion, if a registrant searches at a reputable registrar which
maintains the confidentiality of registrant searches, the domains from those
queries will most likely not be tasted. The method implemented by NSI only
ensures that the domain tasters will eventually taste the domains that are
reserved and released after 4 days, as those domains will have been added to
the zone file. Furthermore, NSI's new policy further expands and exploits the
problems with the AGP vs. solving them.
You said "Front Runners purchase search data from [...] registries and then
taste those names." Is this speculation or do you have evidence that certain
registries are selling this search data?
Prophet Partners Inc.
----- Original Message -----
From: Nevett, Jonathon
To: George Kirikos ; ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 3:39 PM
Subject: RE: [ga] NSI immediately registering domains that are searched on
I'd like to clarify what we are doing. In response to customer concerns
about Domain Name Front Running (domains being registered by someone else just
after they have conducted a domain name search), we have implemented a security
measure to protect our customers. The measure will kick in when a customer
searches for an available domain name at our website, but decides not to
purchase the name immediately after conducting the search.
After the search ends, we will put the domain name on reserve. During this
reservation period, the name is not active and we do not monetize the traffic
on these domains. If a customer searches for the domain again during the next 4
days at networksolutions.com, the domain will be available to register. If the
domain name is not purchased within 4 days, it will be released back to the
registry and will be generally available for registration.
This protection measure provides our customers the opportunity to register
domains they have previously searched without the fear that the name will be
already taken through Front Running.
You are correct that we are trying to take an arrow out of the quiver of the
tasters. As you know, domain tasters are the largest Front Runners. Due to no
fault of registrars, Front Runners purchase search data from Internet Service
Providers and/or registries and then taste those names. Some folks may not
agree with our approach, but we are trying to prevent this malicious activity
from impacting our customers.