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    New gTLDs TLD string length
    posted by jon on Sunday March 21 2004, @02:24PM

    cambler writes "Something interesting occured to me while looking at the submitted strings for new TLDs. Of the nine unique strings, five of them are 4-character, and one is 6-character. ICANN seems to be very concerned about rolling out more TLDs (of any flavor) because of the terrible problems (their sentiment) that TLDs of non-2 and non-3-character length are having being recognized by legacy code.

    It seems to me that this is an ideal case where the market is showing that ICANN isn't necessarily required to be concerned about such things. Surely if this were such a horrendous problem there would be all 3-character submissions in this latest round. Yet the facts speak for themselves: those willing to pony up $45 large are more than willing to deal with whatever problems these TLDs may have due to their length.

    I wonder what other concerns of this ilk are causing ICANN to go as slowly as they are?

    It seems to me, that it would make more sense for ICANN to merely identify these issues and state to applicants, "We've identified these issues. If they concern you, you may want to reconsider your application. Otherwise, you are advised that previous applicants are dealing with them, and you probably will have to as well. We're prepared to help.""

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    Problems with longer TLDs
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday March 22 2004, @03:31AM (#13233)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    There is a genuine problem; I do, from time to time, run into software or registration forms that refuse to accept e-mail addresses in .name or .info. This would seem to call for "tech evangelism" of those sites, similar to the campaigns to get sites incompatible with standards-compliant browsers like Mozilla to change (or hold them up to shame and ridicule if they refuse).
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