[Foundation-l] Domains

Robert Horning robert_horning at netzero.net
Sat Mar 24 15:35:16 UTC 2007

David Gerard wrote:
> On 24/03/07, Platonides <Platonides at gmail.com> wrote:
>> BTW: Who will take care of the domains now Brad resigns?
> Domain names? I thought that was already Brion's job.
> - d
In the past Jimbo was the "designated agent" for domain names in terms 
of who was listed as the primary administrative contact.

Brion is clearly the "technical contact", and he is the one that deals 
with the server side in terms of which IP addresses and other issues 
about the domains and sub-domains are concerned, but in terms of being 
legally responsible for paying the bills and making sure the legal 
aspects of keeping and maintaining the domain names (and fighting off 
challenges to those who might claim the domains through legal action), 
that was clearly Brad's area of expertise.

Currently "wikipedia.org" lists Brad as both the administrative contact 
as well as the technical contact.  See 
for some details.

Once a replacement for Brad happens, this is something that should be 
dealt with.  I think Brion ought to be listed as the technical contact, 
(mainly for situations like this), but that is something left to the WMF 
board to decide.  The "real" person who owns the domain is the person 
listed as the administrative contact.  In theory Brad could really screw 
over the foundation here if he wanted, even though I seriously doubt he 
is that kind of person to take advantage of this situation, not to 
mention it would ruin is reputation as an attorney.

-- Robert Horning

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