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Username: antipodes
Date/Time: Fri, October 5, 2001 at 11:12 PM GMT
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Subject: credit where credit is due - the great differences between


registrars should be highlighted - to drive traffic to the good ones in order to save the money and heartache of new and old domain buyers, and to possibly make the not so good registrars get more professional and competitive. 

It is obvious from the events of the Afilias .info roll out that the influential executive members of the DNS regulatory authority are either complicit in what has been described as an abomination, or completely incompetent (Vint Cerf claiming not to know of the Afilias fiasco until three days ago,well he should have read my emails, he should have read Richy's emails.)

ICANN did nothing to protect the bona fide Sunrise applicants.  ICANN did nothing to protect the Landrush applicants.  ICANN did nothing to protect those of us who spent many months in some instances from the registrars who, rather than having user friendly web sites, user friendly preregistration set-ups and business practices in order to build customer trust and loyalty - behaved like hungry bears in a salmon stream.

It's apparent that there are shonks or grizzly bears in the registrar business.

Let's try to make the effective monitoring of registrar website, registration agreement and customer service one of the good things to come out of the Afilias debacle. The current influential executives of ICANN - the Public Benefit Corporation - lol - seem more focused on currying favour from some registrars and further consolidating their power and earnings within the industry - than the interests of the broader Internet community.

If you are dissatisfied with the management of Afilias,if you are dissatisfied with the management of some registrars - then you have only one place to look - find the three monkeys of ICANN - they don't evidently read their emails - why would they, they apperently can only see and hear about business opportunities to benefit themselves. The fact that Afilias customers have had nothing of value announced from Afilias since the cybersquatters began to pillage the .info registry indicates that ICANN says nothing to benefit the average non-corporate Internet user.

It is obvious that when those in authority abrogate their responsibilities for those they are meant to serve, in favour of self-interest, it's time for a community action of the type seen at this forum and in the web sites that emerge in frustration and protest.

Which brings me back to the need to give credit where credit is due.

Let's continue to report and record the performance of registrars which deserves public noting - good and bad - for the benefit of the Internet community.


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