Charter for the permanent registrar working group


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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.


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#3

A few initial comments -

  • Add a couple sentences to describe each bullet point. The first three seem pretty clear. The last three seem less clear, e.g. what do “fair”, “stability” and “transparency” mean?

  • Should sub-domains go here as a sub-topic?

  • I almost think phishing and scam attempt prevention could be its own working group.

  • It seems like the last two could be grouped into a higher-level purpose, e.g. Stability/Validity of name ownership, where ownership includes ownership and transfer of ownership.

  • Dispute resolution may sit under stability/validity of name ownership. Or, update the current mention to say it’s handled in it’s own working group or simply delete the mention.


#4

I’ve modified the bullet points - better?

No - this WG is purely about the .eth registrar.

Can we define specific goals for that WG that it could accomplish on its own?

[quote]It seems like the last two could be grouped into a higher-level purpose, e.g. Stability/Validity of name ownership, where ownership includes ownership and transfer of ownership.

Dispute resolution may sit under stability/validity of name ownership. Or, update the current mention to say it’s handled in it’s own working group or simply delete the mention.
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I agree those are related - but since this is intended just as a starting point for conversation, I don’t think we need to be super specific about grouping everything together or expanding on it.