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    Re: .NAME will flop... here's why:
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday February 08 2002, @05:35AM (#4836)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    .name does serve a useful purpose; none of the other TLDs are intended for personal sites. If you're commercial, or an organization, or a government, or a military, the old TLDs had a place for you, but not if you were a person. While it's true that most non-geek people haven't yet seen the need to own a domain name at all, a growing number will probably ultimately come to the realization that it's foolish to let your email or web address be at the mercy of your ISP; there have been several recent cases of thousands of people being forced to change their email address because the corporate marketing types at their ISP decided to change its name and move everybody to a different domain. Also, there are lots of people, especially on AOL, who regret the "lock-in effect" caused by them using the email address on their first provider so heavily that they don't want to have to change it even though they hate the provider and really want to switch. Thus, there's a very large potential market for personal domains.

    As for the multiple John Smiths, it's first come first served, just like other TLDs. The registry suggests appending numbers to either the first or the last name for subsequent applicants. If you find that awkward, you'll have to use your creativity to come up with a nickname that isn't yet taken, just like finding a name in any other TLD.

    The registries and registrars for the new TLDs have screwed up a lot of things, but that doesn't mean that the concept of these new TLDs is bad in itself.
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