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    The Big Picture Expanding Whois
    posted by DavidP on Monday August 20 2001, @10:20AM

    arttworks writes "The foundation of internet navigation is insecure, rotten and too unstable to support logical expansion. The “so simple” fix would be to expand the “whois” database to include relevant information regarding site content and characteristics, and thereby create a more powerful publicly owned “whatis” database."

    Quoting from the article I wrote in defense of this proposed change -- "In effect this minor regulatory change would standardize and centralize the site submission process and create efficiencies in the indexing system that would save billions of man-hours of work now wasted by current chaos. For web users, the benefits would be seen in a reformed indexing industry that could no longer treat web mapping as a part-time hobby, or a promotional tool..."

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    Re: Expanding Whois
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday August 20 2001, @01:11PM (#1955)
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    While creating higher quality indices and directories of the Web is a noble goal, I don't really think the domain name WHOIS is the proper place for it. Despite popular conception, a domain name and a Web URL are not the same thing, and there is not a one-to-one correspondence between the two. Some domain names are used only for email, network infrastructure hostnames, and other services and protocols, and have no website. Other domains have lots of websites in hierarchical subdomains and in directories within a server.
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    Re: Expanding Whois
    by arttworks on Monday August 20 2001, @02:50PM (#1957)
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    by arttworks on Monday August 20 2001, @03:00PM (#1958)
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    What does being able to voluntarily provide relevant information regarding site content and characteristics, have to do with your privacy? If it was my decision to make I would remove the personal whois info and REPLACE it with “whatis” so I am not the one eroding anything
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    The unknown moron? [EOM]
    by arttworks on Monday August 20 2001, @03:06PM (#1960)
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