Internic procedure problems

Michael Dillon michael at
Fri Jul 21 16:51:06 UTC 1995

On Fri, 21 Jul 1995, Mark Kosters wrote:

> > I've been thinking about this incident with the wrong address in the .net 
> > domain for and I have come to the conclusion that the Internic 
> > needs to review some of their procedures.

> The next round of improvements is reserving the domain as it is sent

If the domain has already been reserved due to another application in the 
queue, will the automated reply immediately reject the application so we 
know right away?

> rs-info at list as well as here. If you have any more suggestions, 
> I'm all ears.

Along with the final domain registration notice, send a computer 
generated password that the domain admin can use to log into an update 
program on your machine and change their domain entry. If you want even 
higher security, take those changes as being provisional, email them back 
to the official admin address for the domain asking for a return mail 
confirmation of the changhe similar to what First Virtual 
( does for sales transactions.

> This is a domain that is not administrated by us. I guess it is not just
> us that is experiencing this type of problem.

It's a statistical thing to do with the greater volume of domain 
registrations and changes.

> You are experiencing the effects of the lastest surge of domain requests.
> A month ago we almost caught up but since then have been blasted by
> requests and phone calls putting us down in the hole again.

This is why it is essential that you automate these procedures. If you 
think you were blasted now, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. The net is still 
growing exponentially.

If I were in your shoes, I would scrap the whole front end of the domain 
application system, install a commercial database system, build an 
application that people could telnet into to apply for a domain or for 
domain changes, put a WWW forms interface on the same thing and charge a 
processing fee for applications over the phone or via fax or via snail mail.

Email is nice for a lot of things but I think it has outlived its 
usefulness as the major front end for the Internic applications.

Michael Dillon                                    Voice: +1-604-546-8022
Memra Software Inc.                                 Fax: +1-604-542-4130                             E-mail: michael at

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