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    Have a lottery for slots, not an auction for names
    by KarlAuerbach on Friday March 21 2003, @07:36PM (#11364)
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    First of all, the things that ought to be up for grabs are "slots" in the root zone file - the winner getting to pick whatever name string he/she/it wants (modulo prior use by someone else) *after* winning.

    Second, it ought to be a lottery - a fixed price for a ticket - the internet isn't just a playground for the rich. There are major social interests that don't happen to be endowed with cubic sums of money. Even with a lottery the rich can buy lots of tickets in order to improve their chances, but, unlike an auction, at least a lottery leaves the little folks with a chance.

    And of course we won't mention the word "lottery" in those places where it isn't allowed.
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    Re:Have a lottery for slots, not an auction for na
    by SimonHiggs on Saturday March 22 2003, @06:51PM (#11366)
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    I just realized I posted too much of Dave Crocker's quote. The lottery idea is wrong too since it too flies in the face of RFC1591.

    Mea Culpa.
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    Re:Have a lottery for slots, not an auction for na
    by Mueller (reversethis-{ude.rys} {ta} {relleum}) on Saturday March 29 2003, @09:11AM (#11397)
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    The problem with auctioning slots is that two or more winners might choose the same name after winning the auction. What then? In effect, you would have to have a second auction to decide who wins. Which is exactly what we propose. In practical terms, I don't see much difference between what you say here and what we propose, except that there is more clarity in our proposal (i.e., you know what names people plan to introduce).

    Another problem is that you can't let say, me,
    win the auction and then choose .aol. There has to be room for an IP challenge I would think.

    Regarding lotteries, our proposal did include a set-aside of 10 names per year, restricted to noncommercial or Lesser Developed Countries, which would be assigned by random selection rather than auction.
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