Re: [registrars] RE: Network Solutions is Front Running!!!
On 9-Jan-08, at 7:45 AM, Nevett, Jonathon wrote:
We obviously don't think that protecting our customers is unethical.
How does this protect customers? The name is still available for
registration (albeit only through NSI) and the registry in question
still knows that someone is interested in the name. This sounds more
like a rule change for the front-runners and not any real customer
protection. I'd even go further and venture an opinion that the
customer is actually disadvantaged because anyone doing a search at
NSI is now prevented from price-shopping their registration.
It also sounds like a massive denial of service waiting to happen as
well. It is a trivial exercise to write a script that could take
millions of names off the market in a few minutes. I understand that
NSI has put some safeguards in place to mitigate this (IP rate
limiting, the amount they have on balance with the registries, etc.)
but I have little faith in NSI's capability to keep up with an earnest
I'm also concerned about the compliance implications of this action.
Registrars are required to have some certainty of payment when they
register a domain name. In this case, NSI isn't even sure of the
intent of the customer, how can certainty of payment be assumed when
NSI doesn't even know if the customer wants the domain name?
Director, Retail Services
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