ACSP Suggestion 2014.25: Highlight Abuse Contact Info in Whois


Author: Anonymous   
Submitted On: 09 September 2014

Description: Please show abuse/spam contact info on the first page of your whois.

Value to Community: The majority of us in IT who are constantly trying to fight SPAM could use the info presented in a quicker, obvious way. Most lookup tools pull from your first page and even going to your site, it now takes 2-4 further clicks to hunt down the info.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 14 September 2015

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

25 September 2014

Thank you for submitting your suggestion, 2014.25, on the topic of highlighting abuse contact information in WHOIS.

We have noted that abuse contact information does appear by default in the answer to WHOIS queries for many network searches. We also note that in some cases, when querying network ranges that involve a reassignment, that finding the abuse contact information requires a secondary query.

In our follow-up communication with you about your suggestion, we learned you would like all WHOIS queries to display all related abuse contact information in a single default WHOIS answer, even in cases of networks that include reassignments. You would like this to occur without requiring a secondary WHOIS query.

We understand your suggestion and believe it is a good request to achieve your desired end-result of having abuse contact information displayed by default in all answers to WHOIS queries. We are unable to commit to a short-term timeline for completion on this suggestion, but we do intend to implement a solution that addresses your concerns. Your suggestion will remain open until implemented or until other action has been determined through an open consultation with the ARIN community.

ARIN Comment

14 September 2015

Thank you for your suggestion, numbered 2014.25 upon confirmed receipt. As of ARIN’s software deployment on 12 September 2015, abuse contact information is now displayed by default in all answers to directory service queries directed to This change in behavior does not apply to WHOIS over TCP port 43, RDAP, or Whois-RWS queries.