The below is the draft charter for the permanent registrar WG. Comments and feedback appreciated!
Chair and editor nominations are tentative. If you want to chair a WG, or be responsible for editing the proposal to keep up to date with the current consensus, please say.
WG Name: Permanent Registrar Design
Chairs: Nick Johnson
Editors: Nick Johnson
ENS’s current registrar for the .eth TLD is an interim implementation intended to serve for a roughly two year period while details of a permanent registrar are settled. This nominal period expires May 2019. The interim registrar handles registration, but notably lacks any support for renewals, and is additionally deliberately limited to registrations of 7 characters or more.
The permanent registrar WG will define a standard for the permanent registrar. Considerations include:
- Prevention/reduction of namespace clutter (eg, squatting).
- Prevention of lost/inaccessible names due to lost credentials.
- Prevention and mitigation of phishing and scam attempts.
- Allocation of names so as to ensure the maximum usefulness of the system for all participants.
- Ensuring stability of name ownership, to prevent issues that arise when the ownership or destination of a name is changed contrary to user expectations.
- Transparency around changes of ownership.
Dispute resolution mechanisms for name ownership are out of scope, as the current plan is to implement these initially as a voluntary second-layer solution.
The output of the working group will be a detailed specification for the operation of a permanent registrar, suitable for immediate implementation.