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Breaking: ICANN extends new gTLD application window after technical glitch

Kevin Murphy, April 12, 2012, 11:55:10 (UTC), Domain Registries

ICANN has extended the deadline to file new generic top-level domain applications by more than a week after its TLD Application System experienced “unusual behavior”.
TAS will be down until next Tuesday while ICANN fixes the unspecified problem, ICANN said.
Here’s the meat of ICANN’s announcement:

Recently, we received a report of unusual behavior with the operation of the TAS system. We then identified a technical issue with the TAS system software.
ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue. Therefore, TAS will be shut down until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC – unless otherwise notified before that time.
In order to ensure all applicants have sufficient time to complete their applications during the disruption, the application window will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Friday, 20 April 2012.

What this means for the Big Reveal, currently scheduled for April 30, is not yet clear. More when we get it.

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Comments (12)

  1. John Smith says:

    Who is surprised?

  2. John Smith says:

    The question is only, which one of the technical problems was deemed sufficient to take this step?
    Was it:
    a) the issue with the “” brackets,
    b) the issue with the slowdown of the TAS due to the rush to the finish line?
    c) something else entirely?

  3. Voyager says:

    I hope someone in ICANN Board read this. You get a bunch of guys to pay yo 185,000 usd for an aplication and your system collapses in the most critical moment. You do that after several years of delays that seriously compromised your credibility. You did not tell that you were switching off the system, so aplicants may be able to download a preview or to send their final version. You take more than on hour between you take down the TAS and you provide any kind of information. Ask yourself, are you able to continue in charge of the DNS?

  4. John Smith says:

    Hmm, how much interest does half a billion in cash generate in one additional week?

  5. John Berryhill says:

    Awww… duuuude… this is going to really mess up 4/20!

  6. John Berryhill says:

    Brackets? We ain’t got no brackets. We don’ need no steenking brackets!

  7. T K says:

    So they spend years, and a huge amount in resources and money to develop a gTLD registration process and then they get a mickey mouse ms-dos program to do the application process when all they need is an epp system with a couple of extensions already in draft form to do the simple task of taking these gTLD domain registrations … sheesh

  8. David Taylor says:

    Everyone knows that if you sail too close to the wire, the wire can cut you. Many expected glitches. A large glitch we have. All our clients have had their applications submitted before today. I am not being smug. “No application data has been lost from those who have already submitted applications, so it should not pose problems for existing applicants.” says ICANN. That’s a relief for all those wise clients who headed the advice and have already submitted in advance of the deadline. Those leaving to the last minute you have been given your “get out of jail card” and have an extra week to complete / refine / have a few beers. Who is the loser here? I am not sure. ICANN have done what they had to do with what clearly is a significant problem. I am sure they had no wish whatsoever to extend the window. I am sorry to those clients we refused as the window was closing – it seems we could have helped you after all. That’s what you get for being conservative and ensuring your Existing client applications are safely in in good time. I guess time to go skiing then… The snow is still good in the French Alpes I hear… 😉

  9. John Berryhill says:

    David, if there was a data leakage issue, then your clients have been exposed to it longer than the late filers. Enjoy Chamonix.

  10. David Taylor says:

    @John – a good point and even more so judging from the ICANN announcement this morning which suggests that the reason for the TAS being taken offline was due to the need to protect applicant data due to a possible glitch in the software that had permitted “a limited number of users to view some other users’ file names and user names in certain scenarios.” I guess it could be analagous to the skiing, you try to get up early to get the fresh powder and everyone sees your tracks – had hoped that ICANN had ensured everyone could only see their own tracks. Hopefully just a minor gliitch. Definitely a week to go skiing!

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