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    .CA (CAlifornia TLD) Ready to be Re-Launched 10 9
    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 15 2005, @09:54AM (#15590)
    By mike straw | Posted on Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:28 AM PST

    actually, i tried to participate in the bulleting board for the cira upcoming election, discussing these issues, but my entries were censored; no explanation why:
    here is what i wrote:
    while cira has done a great job technically managing the .ca domain space so far, its policies and marketing practices are clearly aimed at the benefit of a small special interest group domain squatters and registrars. i have seen board members trying to take credit for the reduction of the wholesale .ca price. good ridance! these cronies are only looking after their own interest and demanding credit for it also. as a .ca domain holder i find it alarming the rate at which the .ca namespace is being "polluted" due to domain squatting. a simple dns check reveals that 85% of all .ca domains resolve to some search advertising blanket (that's right people those nice guys peddling insurance quotes, performance enhancing drugs and the like). the same guys who fill your mailbox with spam. the same guys who sit on the cira board and set policy today. the same guys running for election this time around! (just for fun i also noticed that the biggest search blankets account for 73% of all .ca domain names). so where does this lead us. well, it is simple math. as the .ca price per domain drops, so does the following business model become more lucrative i register 10,000 domain names at $10 each a year. point them all to the same page filled with advertising. every click to this ad page yields 10c, so if i get 100 people to go to one of this domains in a year i break even! nice and square. then comes the more juicy target of a legitimate business wanting to register an easy to remember .ca domain name. since i have hoarded all the good domain names i am the monopoly here, not cira. want to try and stop me? huh. i've got 10,000 votes. i can elect whoever i want to this board. in all fairness cira must have increased the wholesale domain name price when demand for .ca domains increased instead of doing the opposite. (that is if a board with the interests of the canadian internet public in mind was in place). alas! while i am all for the increase in popularity of the .ca namespace, i want this popularity to come from legitimate domain registrants i.e those that own an online business not those campers who want to make money using the policies of this non-for profit organization. because really for me it is insignificant cost for my business activities, whether my domain name costs $10 or $50. the only people the price drop matters to is those who want to control the supply of .ca domains. it is funny how the cira main page proudly announces "dot ca domain growth strong!". it should instead say "dot ca squatting growth strong!" because that's what it is. go look for yourselves. instead of fulfilling its mission as "managing .ca namespace as a national canadian resource" cira has squandered the .ca namespace as an increasingly polluted national resource. it is a sad state of affairs, but all those registrarsquatter cronies in the board take notice! .ca registrants are getting fed up with this situation and we will go up to our elected officials in the canadian government if need be to remove our cira board squatters and bring this registry back under the control of the canadian public. don't think that people are not noticing your agenda! i for one am voicing my opinion and if the moderator of this bulletin board cares about democracy and freedom of speach they will allow this opinion to be shared here. regards, mike.
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    .CA (CAlifornia TLD) Ready to be Re-Launched 10 9 by Anonymous
    Re:.CA (CAlifornia TLD) Ready to be Re-Launched 10
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Wednesday June 15 2005, @02:09PM (#15595)
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    Being in Canada I have seen no evidence of this search blanket's existence. I haven't looked into whether it exists at all but if it does it can't be very successful.

    Most affiliate programs pay at most five cents (and often much less), not 10 cents.

    There is no evidence that such individuals are controlling the CIRA board. And while such a mythical registrant could register ten thousand names they would need to appear to be ten thousand different registrants to vote more than once, this would include using different addresses, email addresses, and credit card numbers. Hardly seems worth the bother. -g

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