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If you could change some things at CIRA...

What would you change?

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The evil side of me would say to remove the residency requirements to own a .ca :lol:

Part of me is also curious to see if it would make any difference to the aftermarket.
 
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The evil side of me would say to remove the residency requirements to own a .ca :lol:

Part of me is also curious to see if it would make any difference to the aftermarket.

I don't think there would be huge demand outside of Canada. Sure you might get the odd sale, the odd california company, the odd domain hack, and it would ease the path for US companies to sell to Canadians with .CA domain names. They can already do it, they just need a Canadian trademark or some sort of presence here.

But I think those opportunities are generally outweighed by the exclusivity of .CA to Canadians, as I think it is valuable that Canadian's can feel more comfortable shopping with a .CA rather than any .something else. Its one of the only differentiating factors from the gazillion other tlds now.

While I _am_ curious about how the market would react, you can't put that genie back into the bottle once you let it out. So I'd probably vote to keeping the presence requirements as is.

However, there are things that I would like to see change:

1. TRANSPARENCY. They do (or don't do) a lot of crap with no explanation other than its none-yo-business.

2. ENFORCEMENT. I think they may enforce, or not enforce, or turn a blind eye, or bend the rules when convenient. And it all can happen so easily because, yes you guessed, a lack of transparency.
 
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The evil side of me would say to remove the residency requirements to own a .ca :lol:

Part of me is also curious to see if it would make any difference to the aftermarket.

This won't happen anytime soon but other great things will.

Adam
 
Can you list some of those 'great things' that may be ahead?

Not sure what they can do exactly that would be great for the extension, it's already protected for Canadian presence.

At least, I'm not sure what they could do that would improve the .ca domain aftermarket, in making .ca more valuable.

In the 2000's I used to think it was possible that every person would want to have their own domain name, that some utility might be created where everyone with an internet connection would want to own their own domain, much like having your own phone number. But obviously that need has never come to pass.

The Canadian govt is trying to pass some bill to do with government censorship of the internet, but don't know how that could result in anything positive.
 
Anyone who has followed my comments over the years knows that I have a hot/cold opinion of CIRA, but I think they have been doing better.

I know of one new feature CIRA is considering which I would certainly call a "nice" thing, which would eliminate a pain point domain investors often have with some registrars. But I'm also somewhat skeptical if CIRA will actually implement it. It is a relatively simple feature, so technically it shouldn't take long to implement. I bring it up here just as a reminder, nudge nudge, to not forget about it.

I like the fact that CIRA has been highlighting some aftermarket sales. That's clearly good from our perspectives on a couple different levels.

Another good thing is that we've all seen CIRA spending money on promoting .CA the past couple of years, with the goofy Canadiana commercials. Good job.

Another good and interesting thing is the CIRA "Canadian Shield" - if you don't know about it, google it. Firefox is automatically implementing it, you might even want to implement it network-wide at your office or home, or especially at your elderly parents home (dementia makes them ripe for scammers).

As long as CIRA is doing things like this that are free services to protect Canadians, I'm fine with it as would probably most Canadians. But CIRA should not be creating additional for-profit products and services. .CA profits aren't meant to be CIRA's personal piggy bank for empire building. You exist to fairly protect and service .CA for all Canadians, not for yourselves. So, CIRA, if you're listening, keep that in mind for every new product/service idea you have... If it's a for-profit idea, quit and go start a new business with your own money. You shouldn't be competing against the free market and other Canadian businesses with the profits of the .ca monopoly.
 
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AdamDicker said:
If you could change some things at CIRA...

Sounds like you're planning to run for the board this year? Are you, [notify]AdamDicker[/notify]?
 
FM said:
Sounds like you're planning to run for the board this year? Are you, [notify]AdamDicker[/notify].

CIRA is also hiring for a General Manager of .CA ... Just saying. ;+)
 
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I would like to see a centralized TBR portal where all Registrars go to win domains.

So MyID, WHC, Baremetal, NamesPro etc all have to go through that portal.

Then the domainers or end usersonly go to that portal to bid and they can bid on the domain regardless of what registrar won it.

So basically the registrar that won it holds the auction right in the portal where they won it from Cira.


It's a pipe dream I know but with the profits going up on TBR there are going to be more registrars jumping aboard and if I want to assure that I can bid on a domain I have to register at a number of TBR auctions. What a slow tedious job and I'm still not guaranteed that I can bid on the domain because sometimes a small fry registrar wins it.



There is a song by Supertramp that kind of applies here...
 
Centralization tends to stifle innovation. No disrespect to CIRA, but do you really think CIRA (or any registry) would build and develop the best quality TBR platform? Can you imagine the shitshow of a backorder platform Verisign, the registry of .com, would build?
 
Does not have to be built or maintained by CIRA. Can be outsourced to a separate entity that cannot be involved in TBR, they get paid to build and maintain the platform.
 

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