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Nominet roundtable day 1 - mini report

Discussion in '.UK Domain Name Consultations' started by Edwin, Nov 7, 2012.

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  1. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    The first day was interesting and highlighted to me in a way that blog/forum posts never really could just how wide a range of opinion there is out there - and how ANY solution will have to incorporate at least some compromises that won't please one stakeholder group or another.

    Let me just say that it's not only domainers who see issues with the current proposals - and it's certainly not as if every registrar is baying for the new extension! Also, Nominet were out in force and seemed very willing to listen and learn (7 or 8 staff + a contractor seconded to the consultation) so it's not as if this is all falling on deaf ears.

    That said, it was one session of 5 and those 5 are just a small part of the whole consultation process, so what impact that will have I can't say.

    I found this diversity of opinions very useful in clarifying my own thoughts about certain aspects of the proposal. For example, the security/trust/safety features aren't actually "inherently bad" but they've just seemed that way to me because they would A) be mandatory and B) only open to .uk registrants.

    During the discussion yesterday I put forward the suggestion that Nominet could decouple this aspect from the domain name itself and offer it as a separate service to any *.uk registrant, for instance by granting their planned "trustmark" to any domain owner under any extension that Nominet is responsible for if they undertake the additional validation/verification steps (and pay the appropriate fee). This trustmark could then be "distributed" by Nominet to any site that wanted to take a feed (e.g. Yellow Pages/Local sites) as a list of URLs that have earned it, and they could in turn display it against the listings of any page relating to that site.

    That would give "added value" to the trustmark itself (and greater visibility) but also added value to the sites showing it (e.g. Yell, Google Pages) because it's one more piece of "useful" data to share with their visitors beyond a map and address, phone number and opening hours. Maybe at some level of uptake, they could even do a deal whereby Google would display it against Adwords listings that had a landing page URL on a "safe" domain.

    Whether any of the above will happen, I've no idea - but it's an intriguing thought and it would pull the fangs of the hugely unfair ".uk is better/safer/more secure than .co.uk" issue and set them on a near-level playing field. (It does nothing to address unfair allocation issues, but those are a separate battle) It would also drive the base price of .uk down towards that of the other extensions (though I suspect there might still be a bit of a "premium" baked in)
     
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    Was their any sentiment in the audience to keep the status quo, not opening up the second level? That's the basic question to decide, all the rest in the proposal is fluff.
     
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    Perhaps 2-3 people out of 15? (I'm not counting Nominet's team, only third party attendees) It was the first topic discussed. And I probably felt the strongest about keeping things unchanged.

    But the vast majority of people had concerns about one or many aspects of the current proposal and I think had already mentally gone beyond the will it/won't it stage (which is what I suspected would happen).

    It's also worth noting that Nominet were carefully reactive throughout i.e. explaining aspects of the proposal more clearly, fielding questions and adding clarifications to the debate, but not proactively driving the discussion beyond the very broadest strokes. As I said above, they were definitely there to listen not to shovel their idea down our throats.
     
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    Thanks. Not a big audience then?
     
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    The room was full. Today's morning session is also full, and they are now laying on a second session this afternoon to cope with additional demand which is also full (I know because I asked yesterday after the meeting if I could attend that one too). And the Friday format lends itself to larger numbers because it's drop-in not a specific time.
     
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    If anyone cares to video these events and upload them on YouTube it would be welcomed.
     
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    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Not going to happen. It's not fair to expect it either - these are
    not public consultations (consultations WITH the public, yes. IN public, no). And that's how it should be at this stage.
     
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    Bullocks.
     
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    Come and talk to them then. AFAIK they've not turned anyone away.
     
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    I start swimming then, all the way from New Zealand. :rolleyes:
     
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    Apologies for my frustrations, however in this day and age if your 100 or 20,000 km away from these events inclusion of vested parties via webcast should be a given. Maybe it's a British thing and the local town hall meeting?
     
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    Don't be silly, Nominet don't like to spend money unless it's on themselves.
     
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    That would be a world record worth attempting.
     
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