ACSP Suggestion 2008.17: Add "Last Contacted Date" to WHOIS

Author: Ted Mittelstaedt

Submitted On: 27 August 2008

Suggestion

If ARIN would add a "last contacted date" to the whois database, and begin a process of contacting all orgs that have not been contacted in over a year, it would help the rest of us who use the whois database.

Timeframe:  Immediate

Suggestion Information

Status: Closed

Updated:  29 December 2008

Suggestion Tracking

ARIN Comment

 29 December 2008

Your suggestion was that ARIN "add a last contacted date to the WHOIS database, and begin a process of contacting all orgs that have not been contacted in over a year". To that end, we will begin next month contacting the approximately 35,000 organizations registered in WHOIS that have legacy number resources or ARIN issued number resources. As previously mentioned, ARIN will contact all registered Points of Contact for these organizations by sending an email, annually, requesting them to update their registration information with ARIN.

After further consideration, ARIN will not add a new field called "Last Contacted Date" in WHOIS. We believe doing so will mislead the community into thinking that our contact was successful and based on ARIN's experience, a significant number of contacts are invalid and our emails will be returned. Ultimately the goal is to keep records updated and ARIN prefers to reflect actual updates in the existing "Last Update Date" rather than potentially confusing the community.