Originally posted by beatz
I just don't get it why someone spends so much time on investigating how many domains may not comply with a certain part of policy AND LISTING THOSE DOMAINS.
I mean - even if those domains should not comply with the registry policy - what the hell do you want?!
Sue the domain owners?
Force them to delete the names?!
Here's how I think of the motivation and -- arguably -- importance of this work: It's important to understand how the restrictions in new TLDs are working. This is important because it speaks directly to the questions of what additional TLDs to add (if any), how to evaluate proposals for new TLDs, and how to implement those proposals. Many (most?) new TLD proposals are for TLDs that are in some way restricted -- yet many proposals, at least in the prior round of applications, contemplated domains that, like .NAME, anticipated low-cost registration and, I think it's safe to say, minimal verification of compliance with registration restrictions. In this context, it's especially important to understand whether "cheap and not so restricted, but with some restrictions nominally on the books" is a good idea -- how it's working, whether it creates any problems, etc.
I honestly don't know what to do with the nonconforming registrations. In other new TLDs, nonconforming registrations were, as I understand it, cancelled without refund or any other redress. That may or may not be the best way to proceed, though it's surely one option on the table. Another option would be to grandfather in all existing registrations but more carefully enforce restrictions going forwards. Finally, GNR might invoke a ERDRP on some .NAMEs in order to determine whether those domains meet eligibility requirements and, if they don't, cancel them. There may of course be other ways to proceed too. I don't know that the right choice is obvious as yet; I'd certainly be interested to hear what others favor here.
Re listing the specific domains of interest -- my sense is that there's no particular downside to doing this. This isn't "secret" or "private" data -- everything I posted can be readily obtained from zone files, WHOIS, default web pages, and other publicly-available sources. But by collecting all this data into one (I hope!) well-organized, clear, and straightforward site, I can facilitate a dialogue among those who are intersted in these issues -- spreading knowledge about what's going on at the moment, and assuring that deliberations as to how to proceed are fully informed by all available facts as best I am able to determine them.