[gtld-tech] Whois Clarifications confusion

rob.golding at astutium.com rob.golding at astutium.com
Wed Oct 15 07:13:12 UTC 2014

>> All fields are mandatory unless optional, excluding those that can be
>> blank, or errors in the specification ;)
>> Or in English
>> * optional fields - dont output the label & data if the data is not 
>> provided
>> * fields explicity mentioned as allowed to be blank  - output the
>> label but no data if the data is not provided
>> * everything else - output the label and the data
> KF - You and I have subtly different interpretations of Clarification

Where a 'clarification' contradicts the _contract_ then as the contact 
is the thing that is 'binding', I would always go with that :)
Contract = what you must do, Clarifications tend to = 'we'd like this 
and use it to sneak things in the back-door'

>>> Clarification 7. If IP addresses are provided for name servers
>>> Clarification 8. Hosts may be added without IP addresses.
>> For self-referencing domains (glue) output the label, IP and FQDNs
>> otherwise just label and FQDN
> KF -  It is perfectly legal to have no IP address for a host and to
> assign a domain to such a host.

Not for any gTLD that I'm aware of - the registry will reject it at time 
of registration (happens *very* frequently according to my epp error 

>>> I echo Alexander's request that a complete specification, with no
>>> contradictions and no guesses, is required.
>> Yes, and that doenst contradict the *contract*
> KF - completely agree.


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