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    Misunderstanding the brunt of the article
    by BenEdelman on Friday November 28 2003, @05:05PM (#12701)
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    I fear you're still misreading large portions of the article.

    For example, "2) It just seems to me that using a sample of the 1000 fortune 1000 companies is skewed if the purpose is to determine what registrars are attractive to those planning to put a domain to web use as opposed to warehousers, etc." Fair enough! But the article doesn't proceed in this way. Notice that I compare usage by Fortune 1000 companies with usage by "regular folks" (well known enough to be listed in Yahoo) with registrants taken as a whole. Nowhere do I assume that the actions of Fortune 1000 companies are representative -- indeed, quite the contrary, I point out how Fortune registrants are different.

    Similarly, as to my inferences being skewed by domains used only for non-web purposes: The question isn't whether there are such registrations at lots of registrars; clearly there are. The question is whether such registations are likely to be more prevalent at certain kinds of registrars than others. I still think there's no problem here -- that there's no reason to think the kind of registrants who want to make non-web use of their domains will systematically and in significant numbers choose particular registrants distinct from practices of the rest of domain registrants.

    I completely agree re the significance of registrar user interfaces, customer service, etc. Notice the many questions on precisely these subjects in my survey of registrars.
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    Re:Misunderstanding the brunt of the article
    by ldg on Friday November 28 2003, @08:57PM (#12703)
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    "completely agree re the significance of registrar user interfaces, customer service, etc. Notice the many questions on precisely these subjects in my survey of registrars."

    I don't want to belabor the issue, Ben. I was attempting to make a point that there is, indeed, a difference between the F-1000 companies, average registrants and those who register domains for non-web use. Average registrants come in many varieties, of course. Those registering for non-web use are, IMO, more likely to understand a bit more about the registration mechanics and DNS in general. Therefore, they may be a bit more discriminating regarding the registrar they choose. The other side is the average registrant who may have little knowledge re DNS or much of anything else except it's time to do something about a domain name. Those are the ones who may be sucked into the NSI rat race simply because that name is "in your face" more. Many of them don't transfer right away because they are unaware of the game (business)...

    Anyway, choice of registrars for different types of registrants is not someting one can easily pin down, IMHO. I hear from many registrants quite often - usually when there are problems - who are seeking another registrar or a solution to the situation. I don't recommend registrars, but suggest places to do some due diligence.

    Apparantly the research you are doing is quite targeted, so my comments probably don't apply. It also means that the data has little meaning for me, at least, since the comparisons don't impact anyone with whom I am in contact. We don't even have the same definition for cybersquatters. :)
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