Thanks for your email and the points raised. I will brings these up with
the Technical Committee when we meet.
At 03:04 PM 16-10-99 +1300, David Harpham wrote:
DRAFT ZONE TRANSFER POLICY
A/ In item 3. it explicitly lists "simply for the gathering of statistical
analysis" as being undesirable. Surely we can remove this phrase. The no
spam bit I endorse but no statistics is a bit closed shop isn't it.?
The intention, as I understand it, is to ensure that Zone Transfers can be
done for legitimate purposes. Zone Transfers are not a method for
collecting statistics. If there is a general need for statistics I would
suggest we look at a way for that we can create these and thereby make them
available to everyone from a WEB page in such a manner as not to compromise
the Privacy Act.
B/ In item 3 it provides for 'private name'
servers. What is the objection
to (shadow) public but non authoritative name servers. Surely these are OK
in an open environment.? An ISP may want to improve response times for it's
customers and help unload the official authoritative name servers, this
would help robustness with perhaps a greater diversity of machines and
operators. If it is OK for Auckland University then why not an ISP?
The policy would not restrict this. For a large ISP this may be quite
practical and therefore I see no reason why this would not be allowed.
DRAFT WHOIS POLICY
A/ Surely to be useful for an ISP administrator, the ISP needs to be able
to be sure that it is the current authoritative contents of the official
database but instead we have "NZIRL does not guarantee its accuracy". Also
I do not believe that ISOCNZ policy should include a disclaimer on behalf
of NZIRL, I think people need to be clear which hat is being worn when they
B/ Surely to be useful to ISP administrators, one of
the major differences
in using a Whois instead of a web page is that it *CAN* be used for
efficient automated definitive lookups etc. Why specifically ""under no
circumstances will you use this Data to ...enable high volume, automated,
electronic processes ", I thought that was largely what the objective was.
No it is not. A WHOIS is simply the standard method of getting the data
from the NS. A WEB page is an alternative that suits the public better. A
WHOIS however makes it easier for a system administrator to be able to
interface with something to get important information, especially when
something goes wrong somewhere and say the Technical contact for a Domain
is needed. It is also a consistent interface. WHOIS is not meant for
doing high volume downloads... that is what we have Zone Transfer ability for.
Once again, thanks for your commends David.
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Technical Manager || - Aristotle
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