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    Re: Intentional & Widespread Whois Errors - Some S
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday May 13 2002, @03:17PM (#6308)
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    Very well said, I only have one quibble. In the olden days it was handy to have a public technical contact for a domain name. That long predates the IP lobby waking up to the internet. It also long predates the namespace including millions of entries, many of which could now individually or even collectively go down with no other network loss of functionality. Domain names once approximately corresponded to critical nodes, now they can and do point to home connections. It also long predates the 'public' coming to include scammers and spammers. The public WHOIS didn't scale for a number of reasons.

    It's past time for a better WHOIS, and a thick 24/7 global public WHOIS (that must be accurate under penalty of losing the domain name, or even facing charges) will be better for the IP folks, scammers and spammers, worse for everyone else. I'd like to think the latter is still a clear majority. A private WHOIS is part of a better WHOIS for most. -g

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    Re: Intentional & Widespread Whois Errors - Some S
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday May 13 2002, @08:06PM (#6313)
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    Agreed. And authentication is part of the key (part of what Keith Teare of RealNames was talking about recently too as it happens). I can be authenticated without giving up my privacy and authenticate you without you giving up yours. Flawless authentication is probably a vain hope, but it would get rid of a lot of the poseurs Ben is talking about. As to the TXT record use, I'd heard of that but hadn't heard of it attributed to Kent Crispin. If so, kudos to him.

    On a tangential matter is this CNET story regarding the police taking over a kiddieporn domain and using it for a sting. Should they have been required to enter Owner: New Jersey Police in the WHOIS record? -g

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