I guess we may need to consider again an alternative to “oldest existing DNS” and the suggestion of using Google page really creative and alternatively, you could check Alexa ranking! to differentiate between just old owner (for sale/parking) and actively using the DNS, additionally
The domain records maintained by the TLD registry sponsored/generic/country level and not by ICANN, that been said, the records can be manipulated, do you trust Mr. Maduro to not command the .ve registry to change pay.ve registration date to BC or 1991 (the date .ve introduced according to Wikipedia which is before pay.com 1995, and pay.net 1994) or any other name he wishes to own!
Several TLD (particularly ccTLD) has subs like .gov.br, .gov.uk, .gov.us , gov.ve (or .net.br, .com.br, .edu.br etc) so who is going to get EDU.eth, GOV.eth NET.eth or COM.eth??
Casino.net registered 1994 prior to Casino.com, note that Casino.net YET to be launched and Casino.com has already established brand/top results at Google, and Alexa ranking, Casino.eth then will go to Casino.net owners just because oldest, despite the fact that it is not in use (no Alexa ranking) nor it’s at Google?
Basically (3-6 character) ENS domains going to be an airdrop to .com/net/org owners by seniority! and nothing will be left, 3-5 char .com already registered! and the vast majority of 6char, I see this rule of “oldest” works perfectly with highly recognizable TM but badly with generic names. it’s fair to auction UNI.eth than giving it to the University of Northernlowa owner of uni.edu, just because they registered their domains in 1989! same for gov com web net
and I prefer login.eth to go to UniversalLogin project than to login.com owner (which isn’t using it but to redirect) just because he has registered it 1993.
Don’t you prefer Gnosis.eth to go to Gnosis project instead of Gnosis.com (which has nothing to do with blockchain) and the same for Aragon, Prism, uPort, Radex, Idex, Golem, Status, Bancor, Augur, Storj and Jaxx etc! none of these projects will have a chance to own their ENS names .eth! and we want them still, to integrate ENS to their dapps