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slightly OT : versign complaint department

  • From: Bohdan Tashchuk
  • Date: Sun Sep 30 03:34:48 2001

> i've been trying to add a pgp key to the verisign/netsol database for the
> past two weeks. i've sent four messages, opened three web help requests,
> and spent three hours on the phone with their helpdesk. they know less
> than their customers about their own procedures and web documentation for
> adding keys for PGP guardian auth.

> i guess this is the problem with government sanctioned monopolies.

Heh, heh, you can always complain to ICANN, another govt sanctioned

The REGISTRY is a monopoly. You have your choice of REGISTRARS.

Melbourne IT is the registrar for my two (wow, whoopie!, two) domains.

I can access site thru my browser, using a supposedly "secure"
connection. The certificate presented by Melbourne IT is signed by
Verisign! :-) It takes me 2 minutes to make a change, not two weeks.

Let's not debate the limitations of this alternate security proceedure
or this will be more than "slightly" off topic.

> i'd like to do something about it.

Vote with your dollars and with your feet. Change registrars.

I apologize if you *ARE* are a registrar trying to deal with the
registry. In that case, bend over and grab your ankles. Because you're
getting screwed and there's nothing you can do about it.

> does anybody know if there is a formal board or governing group that i can
> send my grievances to?

For $35 Melbourne IT will solve your problem. :-)

Seriously, people, I can't for the life of me understand why anyone
continues to do business with NetSol if there are so many better

Let NetSol execs cry over their $40 stock price, wishing it was back
over $200. In the meantime let them know thru their pocketbooks that
they should spend less time calculating the value of their stock options
and spend more time running their business in a customer friendly

If everyone voted with their dollars, then NetSol would quickly improve
or VRSN would soon be a $4 stock. Because that's about all it would be
worth if their only revenue source was their govt mandated $6
"wholesale" registration fee. 

BTW I chose Melbourne IT because of their plain language domain name
registration agreement. None of this crap about the registrar being able
to change the terms at will. Only ICANN can do that to me.