we already started the conversation on GitHub a while ago and as we were discussing the list of important topics to include in the upcoming hardfork we want to collect your opinion about it.
Long running auctions of short names might never end. Whenever a new bid is placed (e.g. right before the auction would end), the timeout of the auction kicks in again and currently we would have to wait again until the timeout (depending on the name length, see protocol/AENS.md at master · aeternity/protocol · GitHub) would expire to finally get the name. This can be repeated in an endless way.
Nobody wants to wait so lang as @zkvonsnarkenstein.chain stated in our discussion on GitHub here: improve AENS auction system · Issue #3853 · aeternity/aeternity · GitHub
We definitely want to address this topic in the upcoming Ceres hardfork.
The short term solution for the upcoming Ceres hardfork could be a change in the way we treat the timeout after the auction started. So if the auction for example is in a rough time-window of 3 keyblocks we could repeat that timeout for every new bid
I propose to just stick to max. 480 keyblocks (~24 hours). Nobody wants to wait 2 months to get a name and meanwhile we have different ways of discovery. So if anybody cares about the names this shouldn’t be a problem.
I am looking forward to hearing from you