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Re: more Internic nightmare (fwd)

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Date: Tue, 23 Mar 1999 15:53:24 -0800
From: David Greenman <dg@root.com>
Subject: Re: more Internic nightmare 

>  o the whois and zone data are needed for administrative and operational
>    purposes
>  o slime are abusing those data for spamming etc., which denizens of this
>    list seem to hate almost as much as they hate nsi
>  o slime are watching zone/whois changes to send immediate spam to new
>    registrants 'use our wonderful services'
>  o slime are doing massive domain squatting hoping to then extort high
>    prices from more legitimate applicants
>  o ...
>if the above were true, and i believe that they are, what would the oh so
>brilliant and deeply experienced in large scale production systems readers
>of this list do to responsibly yet strongly inhibit such slimeful activity?
>think about it seriously.  i suspect there are no easy answers.

   The first problem doesn't have a real solution (unless you consider a law
that restricts freedom as a solution).
   The second problem can be fixed by requiring payment at or before domain
registration. Ideally, there would be an automated method of doing this for
high activity customers (WWW hosters & ISPs).


David Greenman
Co-founder/Principal Architect, The FreeBSD Project