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    Re:Misunderstanding the brunt of the article
    by ldg on Friday November 28 2003, @08:57PM (#12703)
    User #2935 Info | http://example.com/
    "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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    Re:Misunderstanding the brunt of the article by ldg
    Savvy users: Non-web domains, diff registrars
    by BenEdelman on Friday November 28 2003, @09:21PM (#12704)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    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.


    Thanks for restating this. Now I understand your point, and I agree that this is precisely the kind of difference across groups necessary to undermine my inferences. The question, then, is the relative size of this group and the extent to which it applies (e.g. how many savvy users there are, how many domains they register, how many of those domains don't have web sites). The larger the answers here, the more skewed my inferences.

    Thanks again for the further clarification here. Much appreciated.
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