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aZooZa
07-02-12, 09:39 AM
Nominet today unleashed swingeing proposals that would appear to sound the death knell for dropcatching, dropcatchers and associated businesses that are reliant upon the secondary market.

It looks like the larger public registrars might be the largest beneficiaries of this if they are awarded auspices to manage resulting public auctions.

The proposals/recommendations do raise a plethora of operational issues. We can only wait to see what transpires.

http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/56336_Domain_expiry_policy_issue_group_draft_recom mendations_v1.pdf

And schematically:

http://www.nominet.org.uk/digitalAssets/56337_Domain_expiry_policy_isssue_group_draft_fram ework.pdf

If you have any comments on these proposals, please post them here and write to Nominet at this address: policy@nominet.org.uk - deadline is 20th February 2012.

aidman
21-02-12, 02:59 PM
Dale - Those links don't go anywhere, could you update when you get a chance?

aZooZa
21-02-12, 03:15 PM
Dale - Those links don't go anywhere, could you update when you get a chance?
Updated - thanks for pointing that out!

GreyWing
21-02-12, 04:43 PM
Coming to a .uk near you, horror stories like these.. true or not who knows but they are the kind of thing we have been able to avoid by not incouraging registrars to not renew customers names.

http://www.dnforum.com/f218/beware-register-com-afternic-scam-thread-218782.html

https://groups.google.com/a/googleproductforums.com/forum/#!category-topic/apps/general-discussion/quz03Oovw8E

http://www.warriorforum.com/main-internet-marketing-discussion-forum/493542-forgot-renew-my-domain-godaddy-picked.html

http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?t=1061609

http://www.webhostingtalk.com/archive/index.php/t-1107866.html

Welcome to the wild west created by Nominet... .uk space is now looking after 2-3 big registrars not the public nor the members.

aZooZa
28-02-12, 03:35 AM
I see the latest news on this from Nom Towers is that drop catching and drop list issues have been deferred to another future quango.

Edwin
28-02-12, 04:49 PM
I see the latest news on this from Nom Towers is that drop catching and drop list issues have been deferred to another future quango.

Yes and no. If they let registrars help themselves at will to expiring domains under their control, drop catching will be killed via the back door.

atlas
28-02-12, 06:35 PM
I see the latest news on this from Nom Towers is that ...

Where is this document?

invincible
28-02-12, 06:45 PM
Where is this document?

http://www.nic.uk/policy/issuegroups/ under Current Issues.

atlas
28-02-12, 07:09 PM
Thanks mate!

GreyWing
28-02-12, 07:35 PM
From that document I'm glad they listened and took on board most parts of what the majority had concerns about and broadly welcome their findings.

What I would take issues with and being a bit pedantic about is this statement

"From the feedback received, it was clear that many stakeholders misconstrued a domain name as
property of the registrant, rather than a contractual right to use the domain name as provided for in
Nominet’s registrant terms and conditions. This opinion had a direct effect on the views on whether
registrars had a right to take control of the domain name."

Whilst technically correct, you could say that Nominet have a confused message when launch a "keepyour.co.uk". Suppose a campaign called "keepour.co.uk" might have been a bit confusing. I don't think that stakeholders do misconstrue it and well aware of the state of play. We all deal with our domains as if we own them, we all treat others domains as if they own them. I don't know why they needed to raise that issue.

Apart from that small gripe I think it is a balanced and well thought out release, good to see the groups working in a way that reflects the feelings of stakeholders who replied.