[Foundation-l] Domains

Brad Patrick bradp.wmf at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 20:01:11 UTC 2007

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As this thread demonstrates, and various poster's comments show, it is
important that *whoever* is in control at a given moment in time does in
fact have control.  A corporation always acts through its officers and
agents.  WMF is no different.

WMF has brilliant technical staff, as you all know.  Additionally,
Delphine (who has some technical knowledge of her own) has taken an
interest in working on these problems and has been for some time.

There is nothing to fear on the part of Foundation's ownership of
domains.  Challenges exist, and a huge some of money could be spent to
buy more, of course.

Florence Devouard wrote:
> Robert Horning wrote:
>> Florence Devouard wrote:
>>> Platonides wrote:
>>>> BTW: Who will take care of the domains now Brad resigns?
>>> Reality check guys.
>> <*snip*>
>>> anthere
>> Considering that the announcement of Brad's resignation just occured, it 
>> shouldn't be surprising that this is one issue that has just come up.  
>> And while I am not questioning Brad's integrity here, I am pointing out 
>> that a less than honorable person could take advantage of the situation 
>> and move the domains to some other server farm and do all sorts of other 
>> damage.  This is precisely why the "administrative contact" person 
>> should be somebody with absolutely stellar integrity and has the full 
>> faith and trust of not only the board but the entire community, and why 
>> I believe this to be a very valid question.
> Whilst I have no worry at all about Brad integrity on this, my concern 
> was rather that for privacy reasons, I felt not confortable with us 
> having to read Brad mails to be able to follow up, in particular 
> automated systems such as registrations of domain names or trademarks.
> It feels best to sometimes use generic email addresses, so that any 
> employee can follow up, and the address can be easily redirected to 
> another employee in case of cease of activity, holidays, illness, or 
> whatever.
> This is also the interest of using a press at wikimedia.org rather than 
> sandy email. Better scaling and no pit when the person is not available.
> ant
>> While in the long run any such usurption of the WMF domains would 
>> eventually come back under the control of the WMF, it would be a very 
>> miserable several months if somebody were to mess things up in this 
>> way.  Considering the way vandals try to mess up our projects, this 
>> would be the ultimate vandalism ploy if this domain registration was 
>> messed up.  It could be far more damaging than a rogue admin or even 
>> steward.
>> I have no doubt that at the moment the WMF has this issue under control, 
>> and that certainly any formalities that would also involve Brad would be 
>> done as a matter of courtesy as well.
>> -- Robert Horning.
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