[Comments-org-renewal-18mar19] The proposed .org agreement is a bad idea

Mike Rende mike at sitebymike.com
Thu Apr 25 12:43:29 UTC 2019



I am a .org registrant and a member of several not-for-profit or non-profit
organizations. I also design, develop and maintain websites for non-profit
organizations that do a lot of good in my community.


I've read about a lot of bad decisions under the UDRP. The URS seems even
worse. I heard the URS is very new and is being reviewed now to see if it is
working properly. It is too soon to include an untested policy on .org
domains where for a few hundred dollars anyone could try to shut down
someone else's website.


Telling the .org registry that it can charge any price it wants for renewing
a domain name is a terrible idea. Why would you allow them to set a crazy
high price? They could try to force the domain owners to pay a very high
price each year to renew their domain name, and if the domain owner either
won't or can't, then the .org registry could take away their domain name,
set a high registration price on it, and then try to find someone else who
is willing to pay a high price for it. This is very unfair to long time .org
domain owners who may see their prices raised sky high for no reason.


You let the new domain extensions charge any price they want, but that
hasn't gone so well. Lots of people got burned when the new registries
offered low rates for the first year, and then after people registered the
domain names and some built web sites on them, some of the prices were
raised through the roof. .Org has been working just fine for decades where
the prices maybe go up a little bit each year. Allowing huge price increases
from one year to the next could ruin .org for everybody. Raising the prices
draws much needed funds away from the goals of the organizations and the
people who depend on them.


I think you should pay a little more attention to what is good for the
owners of .org domain names. The registries are doing fine. They don't need
your help as they are already making plenty of money. Please maintain a
pricing model that is sustainable and predictable for everybody.


Mike Rende


Oddball Art Labs


sitebyMIKE, inc.


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