[policy] When Tech Meets Policy...

Warren Kumari warren at kumari.net
Wed Aug 15 16:38:44 UTC 2007

On Aug 15, 2007, at 10:46 AM, Andrew Sullivan wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 12, 2007 at 01:41:17PM -0000, John Levine wrote:
>> The real way to get rid of tasting would be to persuade Google and
>> Yahoo/Overture to stop paying for clicks on pages with no content
>> other than ads, but that would be far too reasonable.
> Another way would be to eliminate all registrar grace periods, which
> is a significant part of making tasting profitable.  But I don't think
> the registrars would allow such a change.

Or to penalize registrars based upon the number of returns.

Many moons ago I worked for a registrar -- at the time a large number  
of domains were registered using false / stolen credit cards -- this  
led to a large number of charge-backs. The credit card companies  
raised the rates that they charged us and threatened to stop  
servicing us if we didn't fix this -- suddenly a lot more effort was  
dedicated to confirming registrations, card info, etc. and the number  
of charge-backs dropped well below the requirements.

Somewhere earlier in the thread I saw some statistic  that  0.6% of  
domain deleted during the grace period were legitimate (whatever that  
means -- I also saw 5% somewhere else...). If a registrar's continued  
ability to operate was based upon keeping this number low, each  
registrar could make up their own policies to fix this issue -- they  
could create a "restocking fee" or non-refundable processing fee or  
come up with some method to verify the registrant or... If a  
registrar exceeds whatever the threshold is they would start  
incurring additional fees (either for all registrations or just for  
deletions or something) -- under extreme cases their license could be  


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