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    (June 1999 - March 2001)

    New gTLDs "If I ran .name, I'd..."
    posted by tbyfield on Tuesday November 26 2002, @11:23AM

    Anonymous writes "I cringe when I read stories about bodies sent to a morgue that turn out to be still alive. So, in risk of making the same mistake, .name certainly deserves more time before we pull the plug."

    But, as we near the first year anniversary of .NAME, I thought it might be constructive for ICANNWATCH to offer suggestions and advice to the registry on what it should be doing to make itself more viable.

    To review their situation:

    • They launched in the midst of a recession in the domain name industry and possibly the overall world-wide economy.
    • They invested millions in a shared-registry-system.
    • Initial registrations were in batch mode instead of real-time.
    • They are forced to use ICANN registrars, who have lost interest or lack an economic incentive to sell .name over other top-level domains
    • .name email addresses, like the other new gtld's were not initially accepted at various websites, forcing their users to resort to back-up .com email addresses.
    • Aside from allowing consumers to get an address using their name, there is little difference with the user experience of someone using a .com for the same purpose.
    • .name just might be too long an extension for a top-level domain (.info notwithstanding).

    Any ideas what they should do?

    Can you complete this sentence: "If I were running the .name registry, I would ....."

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    .name is actually being used...
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday December 02 2002, @06:25PM (#10374)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    A Google search showed 29,600 indexed .name pages, including neal.young.name (not the singer). So there are people using .name. What do you expect, people to advertise their personal .name sites on the Super Bowl?
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    re DOT NAME
    by ANNODOMINI2000 ({AD2000D} {at} {YAHOO.CO.UK}) on Monday January 20 2003, @03:52AM (#10990)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/

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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday December 02 2002, @01:56PM (#10366)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Actually, I think one of the good things about .name is that speculators aren't interested in it... that leaves the names free for registration by people who actually want to use them.
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    Re: what about .pro
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday December 04 2002, @07:12AM (#10418)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    Just what's wrong with .pro? The concept of a logical namespace for various sorts of professionals makes some sense.

    What is it these days with the prevalence of anonymous carpers and whiners in this site? Lord knows there's enough valid stuff to criticize of ICANN, the registries, and the registrars, but lately what we're mostly seeing is vague gripes about how all the new TLDs suck, from people too cowardly or lazy to create an identifiable user account.
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