[wildcard-comments] Verisign's Sitefinder / Wildcard Activities
Hello. I run a small Internet Service Provider and Bespoke Software company in the United Kingdom. I have long-standing experience Verisign in various roles, whether directly, or more importantly in their domain-related activities since the takeover from NSI. My general impression of the conduct of NSI and then Verisign in the role of ".com" registry operator is that they are the singularly worst commercial entity with which I, or my companies, have ever had the misfortune to have to do business. This is no swiftly stated or rash sweeping comment : it is the carefully considered opinion formed over the course of about a decade, but in the context of having been in the IT business for some 15 years. It is therefore with fury and sadly little surprise that I learnt about the Sitefinder facility introduced by Verisign. It seems to be to be an action so profoundly nefarious and undermining of the trust relationship, entirely at odds with what I would expect of any entity in such a powerful and critical position in the Internet infrastructure operations backbone that I would expect it to be serious enough (in light of their failure to back down immediately and gracefully) to withdraw Verisign's rights to continue their operation of the gTLDs that they currently control. Thank you for taking the time to read my views, which represent those of my firm, Axoria Ltd based here in the UK. -- Best regards, James.