[policy] When Tech Meets Policy...

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Mon Aug 13 19:28:25 UTC 2007

On Mon, 13 Aug 2007, Chris L. Morrow wrote:
> but today that provision is: If you buy a domain you have 5 days to
> 'return' it. The reason behind the return could be: "oops, I typo'd" or
> "hurray, please refund me for the 1M domains I bought 4.99 days ago!". The
> 'protect the consumer' problem is what's enabling tasting.

So combine these ideas with the possibility that someone will claim 
various consumer protection laws apply to these transactions and want to 
cancel the contract within three days.

Instead, why don't we have a three day waiting period when the domain is
"reserved" but not active.   Grandma could notice her typo, credit card 
processor's could notice fake card numbers, and so on and rescind the 

After three days the sale is "final."  Only then the name is made active 
in the zone files.

Do people really not plan that far ahead, that they need brand new domain 
names to be active (not just reserved) within seconds?

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