[At-Large] whois, weirds, and slaves

Jaap Akkerhuis jaap at NLnetLabs.nl
Sun Jan 20 14:16:42 UTC 2013

    Isn't WHOIS a "standard protocol" itself?
>From SAC051 [1]:

	The term "WHOIS" is overloaded, referring to protocols,
	services, and data types associated with Internet naming
	and numbering resources, i.e., domain names, Internet
	Protocol (IP) addresses, and Autonomous System Numbers
	(ASNs). The ambiguity in terminology further burdens an
	already challenging set of discussions intended to resolve
	conflicts related to the evolution of meta-data for Internet
	naming and numbering.

I advise anybody interested in the whois dicussion to read the whole
report and also SAC055 [2].


[1] SSAC Report on WHOIS Terminology and Structure (19 September 2011)

[2] SSAC Comment on the WHOIS Review Team Final Report (14 September 2012)

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