RE: [DNS] Have IRA gone one lie too far?

RE: [DNS] Have IRA gone one lie too far?

From: Ron Stark <ronstark§businesspark.com.au>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2001 19:48:15 +1100
Don, self-regulation can work - but only if we entrench the power to act
decisively on these charlatans (that's your word I've been groping for).
Hence my mantra regarding a strong and enforceable Code of Conduct.

At the moment, though, I'm fearful that we risk being emasculated by apathy.
After which we'll unfortunately deserve Government intervention.

And Harry, I too harbour suspicions, albeit that mine are probably less
focused than yours.  To echo Don - "Go for it".

One outcome I'm anticipating:  The IRAs and INGs plan to close up shop once
they're subjected to a CoC, thereby leaving their unsuspecting customer base
high and dry having paid 10 years domain registration in advance.  Then,
with well orchestrated spontaneity and suitable fanfare, they'll blame the
rest of us for the mess they leave behind.  Then how do you think the rest
of us will look?


Ron Stark



-----Original Message-----
From: Don Cameron [mailto:donc&#167;mudgeeab.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 20 November 2001 6:31 PM
To: dns&#167;auda.org.au
Subject: Re: [DNS] Have IRA gone one lie too far?


Hi Ron,

On a lighter note... my latest piece of 'courtesy correspondence' from IRA
was so ambiguous as to be laughable. Firstly, they sent a form with
check-boxes to be returned back to them... however they 'forgot' to include
their contact details anywhere on the form. "Hmmm, even if I am interested,
who the heck do I send this to?".

Secondly, the wording was totally abstract concerning what it was they were
offering (some free listing in a business contact portal somewhere), and
what it was we would need to agree to, were we to accept the offer. I showed
it to one of our exec's, who after glancing at the form (and obtaining an
assurance from me that it wasn't a legitimate renewal from our Domain
provider), saved me the trouble of tossing it in the bin.

Unfortunately the down side to constantly receiving this junk (from IRA and
others), is the growing perception that the Internet industry is simply a
bunch of charlatans who have no respect for such mundane matters as privacy,
confidentiality, or complying with recognised codes of business conduct -
and worse, that it is somehow everyone else's responsibility to try and stop
these practices (if you don't like it, complain to the ACCC et-all). The
simple reality is that business does not have the time or desire to
follow-up on these nuisance and predatory practices - that's why we
supported the concept of Internet industry self-regulation - to deal with
these very issues. If we need Government intervention to manage this, then
the whole thing probably should be handed to Government - after all that's
what we pay them for, and at the least they probably would ensure that
proper guideliness are followed.

PS - Harry, go for it... let me know if I can help at all.

Rgds, Don


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