Wednesday, March 02, 2005

A Secret E-Mail Address

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My thanks to Marc Schneiders for this outstanding recommendation posted to the Combined WHOIS Task Force discussion list; he writes:

I was pretty sympathetic to the proposal (if I understood it right) of Tim, vid. that only the registrar would have the authoritative email address of the registrant, which would NOT be displayed in whois.

As we all know all email addresses displayed in whois are spammed to death.

As a result email to this address will in due course be impossible to read or monitor. Consequently the poor registrant will not see the reminder to renew. Nor the message that her domain will be transferred to a hijacker through another registrar.

IN SHORT: I strongly urge us all to create a method, where the authoritative email for transfers and the like is NOT in whois. Not for .com nor for the thick registries. This is essential in this age of spam.

I have some domains and I am forced to accept some 300 spam messages a day and to go through them each day. One of these may be a reminder to renew...This can so easily be changed: A 'secret' email address for communication between registrar and registrant. As an option this should be introduced soon.

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