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    Re: Who speaks for .org registrants?
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Monday August 26 2002, @11:18AM (#8717)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    There is no assertion of a "hidden motive" in the report. I don't think the argument the team report made relies upon the existence of such a motive in any way.

    The point is simply that any economic and administrative linkage between validation and registry operation is unnecessary. To build one's case for registry operation upon that linkage is potentially dangerous, not because of DotOrg's motives now, but because of what might evolve in the future, and for competition reasons. Just as we separate registrar and registry to prevent control of a registry from advantaging the operator in the supply of registrar services, why should we allow the registry operator to dictate the standards for validation?

    If there were some tremendous advantage to the nonprofit community that would accrue from linking those two completely unrelated functions, then the risks might be worth it. But there are no advantages. What are they? If you want to sell validations, go ahead and do it. You don't need to run the .org registry to do so. You don't even need to link the process to domain names at all. Linking the two raises the potential for danger without any corresponding advantage.

    --M
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