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    Exactly, where was Congress five years ago?
    by dmehus on Thursday June 19 2003, @02:03PM (#11817)
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    It would seem to me that Congressman Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, is doing this because of increasing pressure from two Washington-based domain name registrars. Both Dotster and eNom, well known opponents to the WLS, are headquarted in Washington state. No offence to lobbyists, but this absolutely reaks of political lobbying or, at the very least, whining.

    I should state that I support the idea of a Wait Listing Service ("WLS") on principle because it's the only fair way to do it; however, I think people should be given refunds if their back-order registration is unsuccessful. Really though, it's definitely fairer and more stable to have one system at the registry for back-orders than a hodge podge of systems at various registrars. Case in point: "thick" registry WHOIS has proved consistently to be better than VeriSign's "thin" system for .com and net.

    Best,
    Doug
    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Re:Exactly, where was Congress five years ago?
    by gmartfin03 on Thursday June 19 2003, @02:56PM (#11818)
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    [quote]than a hodge podge of systems at various registrars.[/quote]

    that hodge podge is called competition. You know where various companies/people form a business enterprise, sell a product, hire people.

    The same thing that puts YOU to work.

    Verisigns' proposal would put a 50+million dollar tax on the net for their own corporate coffers. It would also spell the end of dozens of companies that offer products and services in the area.

    All in the name of a corporate MONOPOLY.

    WLS SUCKS
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    Re:Exactly, where was Congress five years ago?
    by jberryhill on Thursday June 19 2003, @04:15PM (#11819)
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    "the only fair way to do it"

    I remain fascinated by the use of the term "fair" in WLS discussions. "The only fair way" is pretty impressive.

    You mean that if one person is willing to pay $60 for a domain name, and another person is willing to pay $1000 for a domain name, then it is "fair" to allocate the domain name to whomever gets in line first? Do you believe that auctions are unfair?

    How are "first-come first-served" WLS subscriptions any more "fair" that "first-come first-served" domain registrations?

    Bold prediction: We will continue to see the word "fair" used in connection with WLS, and there will be no definition of the word "fair".
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