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VeriSign Withdraws Domain-Suspension Proposal 48

Posted by timothy
from the it-was-just-a-trial-balloon dept.
GeorgeK writes "To update Wednesday's Slashdot article, VeriSign, the .com/net domain name registry, has withdrawn their controversial proposal which would have allowed them to suspend domains without a court order and without due process. VeriSign did not give a reason for the withdrawal. Slashdot 1, VeriSign 0."
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VeriSign Withdraws Domain-Suspension Proposal

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  • Slashdot 1 (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Pieroxy (222434) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @05:14PM (#37706518) Homepage

    How arrogant! Do you really think Slashdot had anything to do with the withdrawal ?

    • by hedwards (940851)

      The typically provide links to discussions here.

    • by ackthpt (218170)

      How arrogant! Do you really think Slashdot had anything to do with the withdrawal ?

      Quiet, you. Or they won't show you your data that they hold with their intellectual property trade secrets!

    • by RobinEggs (1453925) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @05:18PM (#37706574)
      When I saw this story I thought I was entering a lovely dream in which whining on message boards got results and counted as political participation.

      Then you woke me up. Jerk.
      • There are hundreds of people camped out in Wall St right now who aren't achieving anything. What makes you think posting on a message board gets any worse results than regular political participation?

    • Yeah! It was totally that petition I posted to my Facebook Wall that got them to back down.

      The self-importance of some people....
    • Those holding the pen write history.

    • by Night64 (1175319)

      How arrogant! Do you really think Slashdot had anything to do with the withdrawal ?

      Well, if you are a employee of Verisign, could you tell us why then ? If you're not, tell us anyway. We like to read fiction. :)

    • Maybe, at least be helping to publicise an unpopular proposal. The more amusing bit was 'VeriSign: 0'. Given the amount of crap they've pulled and got away with over the last few years, It's more like 'Slashdot: 1, VeriSign: 23'.
    • by jd (1658)

      Hard to say. Slashdot has a readership in excess of 100,000 (which puts it on-par with that of most major newspapers) and is read primarily by people in IT (whereas most major newspapers have a diverse readership). Whilst it is not possible to know in any given case how big of a role Slashdot has played, mainstream newspapers like The Guardian (who broke the Murdoch scandal and were a major player in the WikiLeaks saga) have unquestionably had influence on major events.

      It is therefore reasonable to say that

      • by TechLA (2482532)

        ...and is read primarily by people in IT (whereas most major newspapers have a diverse readership)...

        ... it has a level of focus that mainstream media can't.

        That's not a good thing, it's a bad thing. Mainstream publicity is what matters. People don't care about what some unknown niche or specific target group says, they care about what the most popular and mainstream opinion is.

      • Slashdot has a readership in excess of 100,000 (which puts it on-par with that of most major newspapers)

        I'm not sure what your definition of a major newspaper is, but here in Melbourne (with a population of < 4 million) the two biggest newspapers have a mon-fri readership of 1,338,000 [mediaworksasia.com] and 685,000 [adcentre.com.au] respectively.

        • by jd (1658)

          I'd consider The Guardian to be a major newspaper, but it's paper readership is only 80,000. I don't recall the exact figures, but I remember seeing that US national newspaper figures were in the same ballpark. As for your examples, you've got to remember that Australia produced Rolf Harris, Clive James and Steve Irwin. Any nation that can do that is bound to be a little bit... different.

    • How arrogant! Do you really think Slashdot had anything to do with the withdrawal ?

      While public opposition likely played a significant role in this, I am, if anything, saddened by how little attention this received even on Slashdot. There was a time when such a proposal would have met with significant resistance, as opponents of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 might remember. Those days are apparently long gone, with most people either unaware of or unmoved by attempts to regulate the Internet.

  • by wsxyz (543068) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @05:19PM (#37706582)
    Make outrageous proposal... when everyone howls, withdraw proposal.
    Make outrageous proposal again... some people howl, others think "meh", withdraw proposal.
    Make outrageous proposal again... a few people howl, a few people think "sounds reasonable", most think "meh", withdraw proposal.
    Make outrageous proposal again... a few people think "sounds reasonable", most think "meh", implement proposal.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      That's your plan for picking up chicks?
      • by wsxyz (543068)
        And it works too. Once they're down to "meh" you know they're in the bag.
    • by ackthpt (218170)

      Make outrageous proposal... when everyone howls, withdraw proposal.

      Make outrageous proposal again... some people howl, others think "meh", withdraw proposal.

      Make outrageous proposal again... a few people howl, a few people think "sounds reasonable", most think "meh", withdraw proposal.

      Make outrageous proposal again... a few people think "sounds reasonable", most think "meh", implement proposal.

      Or they find some way to sugar-coat it, bury it in the fine print of some other proposal or wait for just the right political climate ...

      Invasion! Zygorthian Death Shuttles landing in Grover's Mill! Death Rays fired at town water tower and a few fence posts! President declares emergency! VeriSign, in major patriotic thrust declares they must have the ability to suspend domains without a court order and without due process to save they day!

      It's all in the timing.

    • If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.
    • by mrsurb (1484303)
      It's called shifting the Overton Window [wikipedia.org]
  • by Dachannien (617929) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @05:26PM (#37706656)

    I don't think Slashdot can claim any credit for Verisign's change of heart. I mean, after all, I didn't even post a comment on that article.

  • by schwit1 (797399) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @05:53PM (#37706884)

    They can say they aren't going to do it, but in the end somebody at Verisign can make a unilateral split second decision to shut down any domain they want. Who's to stop them?

    I would suggest it be part of your contract that they won't do this to your domain without a court order and notifying you first. Otherwise find a different registrar.

    • by Kalriath (849904)

      Verisign controls .com and .net. Frankly, no registrar can do anything to prevent Verisign shutting down your domain.

    • by razol (701650)
      "Otherwise find a different registrar." Brilliant, but VeriSign is a registry, and there is no alternative registry for .com and .net. You cannot registry shop within a gTLD. The registrars are all beholden to their registry overlords.
  • the weekly multilevel department meeting included caffeinated coffee this time, forcing all in attendance to reconsider things like domain suspension, repainting the parking lot into one great big parking space, and reassigning the gender and sexual preferences of the copy machine.
  • We at Verisign apologize for the silly proposal we had proposed. Those twits responsible have been sacked.

    • by Anomalyst (742352)
      Can we arrange for them to be bitten by a Møøse?
      Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti.

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