Is WHOIS going to go away?

Rich Kulawiec rsk at
Thu Apr 19 14:27:24 UTC 2018

On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 08:20:06PM +0000, Filip Hruska wrote:
> Scraping WHOIS systems for thousands domains at once using the WHOIS
> protocol is easy though. There are "WHOIS History" sites which scrape all
> domains and then publish the data along with the date of retrieval.

Which would not be necessary if all WHOIS information was fully published
in text/XML/whatever form, available for immediate download/rsync to
everyone, and refreshed at intervals (say, once a day).  This would
neatly undercut the business model for these sites and would ensure
that anyone who wants the information can get it efficiently.


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