That was perhaps said to justify the auDA Board’s decision to accept the Names Panel (Majority) Report.
My understanding is that some of the auDA Board and management now realise (albeit privately) that they could have done better.
My opinion has always been that they should have done better. Every single registrant should have been made aware that such a major change was in the offing – and given the chance to comment.
I first raised this issue at the Names Panel last year – and again publicly at the auDA Annual General Meeting.
The Public Consultation
- There was an Issues Paper in April 2015 which invited people to do a written submission or complete a survey. According to the publicly available Minutes, the Panel received 27 submissions and 375 survey responses (193 complete or partially complete).
- Then followed the Draft Recommendations in August, 2015. Same public process as above. Survey results were ticking along in a similar vein numbers wise until the “game changer”. When the “game changer” happened, survey numbers went through the roof. The Panel received 30 written submissions and 4,922 survey responses (4,495 complete or partially complete).
What Was The Game Changer?
The publicly available Minutes basically tell you this.
It was noted that this was by far the highest number of responses to an auDA Panel consultation process, stimulated in large part by an EDM sent to customers of a large registrar group.
Comments and survey responses were due by the 30th September, 2015. The Melbourne IT group (NetRegistry, ZipHosting, TPPWholesale, Netfleet, MelbourneIT etc) sent out a mass email to their extensive customer base on Friday 25th September.
I have two views on this. First, good on them for engaging their customer base (I wish I had their mailing list!); but second, I’m disappointed that they chose to so blatantly gloss up all the benefits. Not one mention of any potential negatives or disadvantages (like extra cost etc.).
And to top it off, the Call to Action was “Simply click YES for all questions. Vote now”.
You be the judge though. If you got this email, and you’d never heard a thing about what was going on, what would you do?
Once the Supply side of the domain industry put their weight and resources behind the push for direct registrations, it was always going to happen. The auDA Board had “facts” to justify their actions.
Forget about engaging the mass of registrants out there (there are approximately 1,700,000 individual registrants in our namespace – figures courtesy of AusRegistry).
The Boat Has Sailed
Whilst I will never stop being a voice of opposition to what has happened in the past, there isn’t a lot we can practically do about it. That boat has sailed now.
The destination is implementation – and proper rights protection for existing registrants. That’s where all my attention is going to be focused.
Anyway, that’s my opinion. What do you think?