[DBWG] Whois output (was: [Community-Discuss] Questions)

S. Moonesamy sm+af at afrinic.net
Fri Dec 25 15:25:12 UTC 2020

Dear Mr Guilmette,

[thread moved to the DBWG mailing list]

At 07:52 PM 24-12-2020, Ronald F. Guilmette wrote:

>Yes, that is one of several problems relating to WHOIS access that need

>to be addressed and fixed.


>Another problem is that unlike other object types in the WHOIS data

>base, the full history of person: objects is simply not available.


>No rationale and no explanation for this has been provided, even though

>I have asked about it several times now. Neither has it ever been

>clear on whose authority the decision was made to render the historical

>versions of person: objects inaccessible.

The explanation about the historical information for "person"
objects, which was provided in 2019, was that it was done for privacy reasons.

>Who decided that it should be so? Was that decision based on a vote or

>on community direction or community consensus? Or did AFRINIC staff

>make the decision, unilaterally and on their own, to effectively redact

>the histories of person: objects, without any input from the community?

In 2016, there was a discussion about filtered "Whois output". It is
unclear whether the historical versions of the "person" object were
accessible before 2016. The message at
refers to a decision which was taken upstream.

S. Moonesamy

Board Chair, AFRINIC

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