Why didn't they just delete the clearly ineligible names (which broke the rules) and make them available to Landrush customers?
Why didn't they adopt the Domebase Solution, whereby the Landrush would go ahead for ALL names (including the Sunrise ones) and then allow Sunrise registrants to keep the names UNLESS they were subsequently challenged successfully, in which case the Landrush 1 customers would get the names.
That way, genuine Sunrise customers and genuine Landrush customers would have been treated fairly, Afilias would have protected the REAL integrity of their process, and they would have done something to salvage their reputation.
I wrote to Heather Carle, Afilias Board, and ICANN Board repeatedly in the second half of August, asking them why they would not adopt the Domebase Solution. It was so obvious, and so widely supported by people from countries all over the world, as a just and fair solution which would benefit everyone.
This is a copy of one of those letters, from 24th Aug 2001:
"Open letter to Heather Carle, Hal Lubsen and Roland laPlante
cc'd to Vint Cerf, Dan Halloran, and Stuart Lynn
If you go to www.theinternetchallenge.com you will now find 1000 .info (later over 10,000)
As a matter of justice, I am asking you delete even just 500 of them, to re-introduce into the Landrush phase at least some of the generics which were always going to be pre-registered for.
As you know, many millions of dollars have been paid by people just to have a chance of winning these in your own randomised selection procedure.
I have some individuals working closely with me, and we hope to have 2000 names on this site towards the end of next week.
Even a dummy can see that over half of these names could be deleted tomorrow without any possible challenge, because they are visibly ineligible.
I am now in a position to:
Name the top 20 multiple applicants
Name a registrar who has confessed in writing to having faked the Trademarks (of ALL his registrations)
Name members of your own board whose companies have made fraudulent sunrise claims (in their own personal names)
Present written confirmation that Afilias has refused to delete names where fraudulent claimants have asked them deleted
You are able to implement the solution widely known as Domebase, otherwise presented to you as "The Simple Solution" which would:
Satisfy your Trademark applicants
Satisfy your Landrush applicants
Facilitate the pursuit of false claimants (since Landrush winners would do this with zeal and, though unfair, in most cases would pay the challenge fees because they would want their winning name badly enough)
I am asking you in this open letter to explain again why you will not delete, why you will not allow all names into Landrush, and why you allow
registrars to continue registering, who have plainly broken the rules, including members of your own board.
I ask you, not in hostility, but because it's right and you know it is.
With kind regards,