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Re: draft-campbell-whois-00.txt

  • To: Rick H Wesson < >
  • From: "Allen Smith" < >
  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 09:01:20 -0500
  • Cc: < >

On Feb 11, 12:21am, Rick H Wesson wrote:
> Allen,
> per your complaint against Joker/Alan Ralsky please take it up with
> ICANN they are very interested in this as Whois policy is reviewed.
> please file your complaints at

IIRC, I have already done so, as have others, but I will check my logs 
and do so if I neglected this action.

> and feel free to make an automated posting mechanism so that
> everyone can tie it into their scripts.

An "automated posting mechanism"? If registrars would be interested in 
rfc-ignorant's data as to inaccuracies in their databases, I'm sure
Derek (its maintainer) would be happy to provide it. Part of RFCI's
policy is, after all, to notify responsible parties, to give them a
chance to correct such problems.

> also you may want to encourage your registrar to 'hide' your e-mail
> address.

Hmm... you may not have understood the intention of quite a bit of
what I wrote. While preventing harvesting is indeed a laudable goal,
complete hiding of email addresses means that, if someone is causing a
problem (intentionally or otherwise), they are not
contactable. Neither I nor others wish to deal with portions of the
Internet of which this is the case. Now, if by 'hiding' an email
address, you are referring to the use of a registrar or other
_responsible_ party's address - responsible as in someone who will
take responsibility for dealing with problems - I fully support this,
and encourage it as a means of solving many privacy concerns
(including, if extended to other information, European data protection



Allen Smith			easmith@localhost
September 11, 2001		A Day That Shall Live In Infamy II
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

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