"Registry's members hire barrister in row over running of UK's web overseer"
Is this TheRegister jumping the shark?
Directors of UK domain-name registry Nominet have come under fire from a group of Nominet members who have also threatened to take legal action against the board. The group commissioned a legal opinion in connection to claims that certain recommended changes to the non-profit's governance had been deleted from an "independent" …
Actually I like Nominet, dealing with the .uk domains is fairly straightforward, and affordable. They don't come across (at ground level) as shafters or conmen.
But for the last couple of years there has been one controversy after another.
I really would like to know who's the good guys and who's the baddies here.
Clyde. I suspect there are no goodies or baddies here. There are obviously two opposing views for sure and the 210 quoted here are conducting a vigorous campaign on the Nominet Forums and the Internet as they maintain that there is a case to be answered by some of the Nominet board as to how a past Employment Tribunal was conducted. It is tricky for many people (myself included) on the outside of this to know where to hang their hat. So often it comes down to trust. For my part I still trust Nominet and believe that the .uk namespace is in a safe pair of hands.
Nominet: goodies or baddies? - not proven either way but I have personal experience of their damaging incompetence and not just historical, as recent as 2012.
And their handling of the "consultation" in respect of the possible change to allow madeupexample.uk (i.e. without the .co) - they have the contact details for all registrants - interesting that they didn't see fit to use that to alert registrants to the consultation.
Why? Because the beneficiaries will be Nominet and the registrars, the losers will be registrants. If registrants were aware of the consultation it might come back with the "wrong" answers. And just in case any registrants did find out about the consultation it was worded so as to disguise just how much madeupexample.uk is going to cost and the risk to the existing registrant of madeupexample.co.uk
Look out for an expensive sunrise period, hopefully not as (allegedly) fraudulently managed as the .eu sunrise followed by a slightly less expensive landrush. If you were the owner of madeupexample.co.uk and didn't get in then someone else could and will ransom you for it or use it to steal your web traffic.
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