Re: [anti-spam-wg] Proposed New Charter

  • From: der Mouse mouse@localhost
  • Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 12:09:19 -0400 (EDT)

> Granted that a mere "whois -h whois.nic.de gaertner.de" will tell you
> little.  Get the whole scoop including contact information with
> 	whois -h whois.nic.de ' -T dn gaertner.de'

I knew that something of the sort existed (and I knew where to look to
find out details if I wanted to).  I believe that I shouldn't need to
know .de-specific magic to look things up in .de's WHOIS.

I don't _like_ blocking whole ccTLDs, but .de does not get a free pass
on being antisocial (and that's what I believe it is) just because
they're a ccTLD.  Large entities should be held to stricter, not laxer,
standards than small ones.

> Yes, I don't like the diversifications of the various whois servers
> either.  At least one doesn't have to jump through CAPTCHAs with .de
> queries.

There isn't really any way to do captchas in WHOIS.  Are you perhaps
thinking of the webpage abominations a few domains have tried?  (There
are even a few ccTLDs whose IANA ccTLD record puts a URL in the "WHOIS
server hostname" field, presumably not understanding the difference
between "this is a hostname" and "this is a free-form text field which
is presumed to mean something to a human" semantics.  I treat those as
the nonexistent hostnames they are.)

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