Re: [gnso-pednr-dt] Whois Output from "Thin Registry"
- To: "gnso-pednr-dt@xxxxxxxxx" <gnso-pednr-dt@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [gnso-pednr-dt] Whois Output from "Thin Registry"
- From: "Michele Neylon :: Blacknight" <michele@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:38:15 +0100
Ron / Tim / Alan / Rob
The question as I see it is quite simple:
Can a registrant be confused by the whois output displayed?
I think they can be.
Whois - it's a "touchy" subject, but I get the impression that
whenever it or some other topics come into a discussion that people
treat them like sacred cows.
I'm Irish, so we don't really care about cows much :)
Some of the cctld registries use much clearer status in the whois
output that might be worth looking at.
Take co.uk's whois status codes:
"Registration request being processed"
"Registered until expiry date"
"Renewal request being processed"
"Renewal invoice being processed"
From the discussions we've had over the last few weeks it seems that:
- most registrars are doing their utmost to inform registrants about
- some registrars may not be doing this, but they are in the minority
- however that minority is still important
- whether the resellers of registrars are doing their duty or not is
impossible to know
Registrants are not stupid, but expecting them to make sense of whois
output is unreasonable if the whois output is hard to make sense of
and / or does not clearly reflect the actual status of a domain.
I'll have to disagree with Rob about where registrants are going to do
lookups or perform other actions.
If the renewal dates etc., have been properly communicated to the
correct people then yes - the registrant will be going to the correct
site to renew domains etc., but it's impossible to know if they are
all doing that or not.
I don't think anyone is trying to change how auto-renew, grace periods
etc., etc.., work.
However I personally don't see why we shouldn't see if:
1 - is the whois output (regardless of source or where it is viewed)
2 - can it be tweaked to make the status clearer? (whether this is
done by the registrars or the registries isn't important - it's more
of a "should it be considered?" question)
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