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    Re:Monetizing Domain Name Front Running
    by askii on Saturday January 12 2008, @04:23AM (#16972)
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    I've considered what would happen if someone were to check every domain from the expiration listings on these sites. All 20,000 per day. It would take a large chunk of cash to have that many names purchaced and then refunded, or do these names just go unbilled by Verisign? Also these names are searchable and known. For example if one were to compile a set of one hundred dog bad names and check them on a registrar site, then they could see the registrar hold them for four days and even make fake web traffic or use the names in spam email return addresses or worst. If you had told me five years ago that our wonderful internet would be trashed by the lawless system we have now, I would have said "NO WAY". How did we get here? While I think someone should be able to get a refund for a misstyped names, it's best that the "instant" activation of a name be delayed five days. That would also stop many other missuses and fraud. Just delay adding these names to the zone. It's that simple. ICANN can you here me now?
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    Re:Monetizing Domain Name Front Running by askii
    Re:Monetizing Domain Name Front Running
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Sunday January 13 2008, @12:49AM (#16973)
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    NetSol has now backed down somewhat and, in an astonishing development, they do seem to have heard you somewhat. :) Our host editors would recall better but this may well be a first for any ICANNWatch article or comment, ;) or even for ICANN listening to anyone other than those paying for the privilege in one way or another, and even that is problematic. :(

    I don't know if your mention of a wonderful internet of five years ago is sarcasm, there had already been many years of spam, virii, and domain hijacking for just three examples, the only difference there is that those who don't play nice are now much more experienced, sophisticated, and arguably successful, and that those of us who used to fight this on a volunteer basis have mostly been replaced by corporations whom I don't think have been any more successful. I don't blame that on a money issue in most cases, although some corps charge excessively (and have a vested interest in the problems continuing to exist), I blame it more on the inertia caused by sheer size, and this is nowhere more obvious than in most any issue ICANN addresses. I don't much mind their glacial pace most of the time as they aren't usually going in the direction I agree with anyway.

    As to how did this happen, that I do put down to a money issue, or at least a lust for money issue. One of the reasons for creating ICANN was to reign in NetSol, partly by creating competition. At this they have been partially successful, though this is more to the credit of the competitors than any actions ICANN has taken, and has also created new problems due to ICANN's lust for money as they have accredited far too many registrars, many of them outright scammers, and have never disaccredited even one SFAIK, which to me is a far bigger issue that NetSol's monetization methods, not that those should be applauded or ignored. Follow the (lust for) money and you'll get an almost complete answer to what happened to the wonderful internet /end rant. -g

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