This morning I received two emails from a well-known domainer, implying that I am receiving money from auDA to influence the direction of this website.
The first email reads as follows:
Are they paying you mate? The sites gone very pro auDA everyone is saying?What did Cameron offer you regarding registry.au which they still have registered to use?
All because, it seems, I posted relevant auDA news that I thought the domainer community would like to read and comment upon.
This next second email was CC’d to Josh Rowe, Paul Shaw, Jim Stewart, Tim Connell (The “DNTrade” crew), perhaps in an attempt to intimidate me to write in a certain direction?
It reads as follows:
What’s happened to the Domainer.com.au which before spoke up on important issues , poor auDA mismanagement and policy problems.
What did Cameron Boardman discuss with you about Registry.au etc? Did auDA provide you any offers for registry.com.au or any promises? I see he still has registered Registry.au so nothing’s changed at all from them….thet have gotten worse.
Are auDA paying or incentivising anything?
I’m emailing you because many people and Government are still extremely concerned about current auDA’s management of the .au domain namespace.
I have been in the industry for 21 years. I made numerous submissions to Government and still do on a very regular basis.
The Supply Registry and Registrar stacking of auDA membersips and control potential over auDA is serious. ACCC flagged it back in 1999.
The CMWG should not condone or turn a blind eye to it and the other obvious issues.
Signing off on such behaviour risks the credibility of the CMWG and the individuals who allow it.
I understand many people on the CMWG work in the Supply area of the .au namespace but I hope more will speak up and ask more questions for accountability and transparency.
I have heard and witnessed a complete takeover of cmwg by auDA Management. It is not Independent at all nor are its models and planned changes to membership and Constitution
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Rob, If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, Scott or Tim whom have spoken up also. We are auDA “whistleblowers” and we want to see all 29 points of the government report and Terms Of Endorsement met. We speak to government often and we know a lot of what has been occurring most in the CMWG have no idea of….thus some people want us muted or “smeared”.
[Editors Note: I spoke with Tim 10 minutes after this post and he is surprised to be included in this email and rejects what has been said about him]
I am very concerned about you going quiet and Domainer.com.au
A few people are thinking due to a lack of exposure like it once offered a few new sites and blogs are needed to keep up the news and spotlight on issues Domainer.com.au once was supported and was well known for.
I would never usually reprint an email that someone has sent me. I am known by everyone I communicate with to be able to keep subjects confidential. But in this case, I am deeply offended by this email, after all the hard work I have done (and have planned!!) for the Domainer and Domain Investor community over the past 5 years, and feel this email was sent to a number of people to intimidate me into steering this website in a certain direction.
No one likes to feel bullied into going in a certain direction.
Still, rather than let rumours fester, I’ll answer the questions publicly in the comments section below once I take a few deep breaths.