Time visible to everyone
The latest Domain Name Debate highlighted a general belief that the most recent registrant and registrar should not have an advantage in the reregistration of domain names released from quarantine. At present, they have the advantage of knowing exactly when the domain name was quarantined and therefore exactly when the quarantine period will end. That advantage will be removed by publishing the quarantine period end time in the Whois, so that everyone has equal opportunity to reregister the name.
Release will take place within one hour of quarantine period end time
In order to protect SIDN's Domain Registration System against traffic surges when desirable domain names are scheduled for release from quarantine, we have decided to use individually randomised release times. In future, a domain name will be made available for reregistration at a random time within a one-hour window starting from the published quarantine period end time.
NB. The time specified in the Whois output will be expressed using UTC. The specified time will represent the start of the one-hour window within which the Domain Registration System initiates the process that leads to the domain name being released for reregistration.
When a domain name is cancelled, it is initially placed in quarantine for forty days. During that period, it may be reinstated by its most recent registrant, but no one else can register it. Exactly forty days after being quarantined, the domain name is released. From then on, it can be reregistered by anyone on a first-come, first-served basis. The Whois already gives the end date of a cancelled domain name's quarantine period, but not the end time. The only people who know the quarantine period end time are the domain name's most recent registrant and the registrar that cancelled the domain name for the registrant. They know the end time, because when the name was cancelled they received a confirmation message stating the exact time of cancellation. From that, they can work out the release time. As a result, the former registrant and registrar have an advantage over anyone else that might want to reregister the domain name. So, in theory, they stand a better chance of securing the released domain name if they want to. As indicated above, we learnt from the last Domain Name Debate that the community wanted to see a level playing field for everyone interested in reregistering a quarantined domain name.
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