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    Non sequitur
    by phoffman@proper.com on Friday January 24 2003, @02:34PM (#11018)
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    >I would think, though, that if we could fix a
    >significant fraction of this problem, and traffic
    >shrank, the case against lots of new TLDs
    >would be even weaker than it is, wouldn't it?

    That would be true only if you believe that the only argument against new TLDs is the load on the root servers. That is not a credible argument. Given that the root server operators have known these numbers for years, they also know that doubling the number of TLDs would not increase the load of legitimate queries all that much.

    Again, the main argument against lots of new TLDs (and this is just one arguement) is that administering them is difficult. ICANN is doing a crappy job of administering the current gTLDs (VGRS can break the DNS rules whenever it feels like it; GNR was only updating its zone once a week; etc.). Imagine how well ICANN would administer a crop of new ones. Until ICANN gets its administrative act together and is willing to crack down on gTLDs that aren't following the rules, adding new ones will only make the DNS less useful.
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    That was strange.
    by michael (froomkin@lawUNSPAM.tm) on Friday January 24 2003, @05:09PM (#11019)
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    Boy, now I am totally confused.

    1) Since when does ICANN "administer" TLDs at all?

    2) What sort of "rules" exist, who is breaking them, and what sort of rules should exist? (Then we can talk about who should make them....)

    3) What set of problems of TLD registry behavior would not be ameliorated by greater competition among TLDs of the sort you would get from lots more? In other words, wouldn't more TLDs be better in every respect (other than incumbents' profits) than fewer?

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