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    Auerbach Weighs in for gTLD Lotteries | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 49 comments | Search Discussion
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    Not Quite the End of Pyramid Scheme Discussion :)
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Thursday April 10 2003, @11:40AM (#11485)
    User #2810 Info
    To your first point, large numbers of sLDs are not in fact used for websites. There are at least two reasons for this. One is that a domain name has a myriad of other uses than just for a website. Domain names were in use long before Tim Berners-Lee et al came up with the HyperText Transfer Protocol. The second is for a number of somewhat related reasons, speculators, defensive registrations, the dotbomb implosion. For examples of domain (mis as well as un)use one could check out some of the work [harvard.edu] of Ben Edelman. Additionally, we are not talking about the same item in an inventory. ICANN controls the root zone, registries control the TLD zone, registrars control the sLD zone, speculators and others control the resale zone.

    To your second point, I submit, and have said so here, on the DNSO GA list, and elsewhere for more than a year now that the pyramid would be, and for some time now has been, collapsing. One need look no further than the tepid response to ICANN's last rollout of TLDs (at the sLD level), or the renewal numbers for existing domains, if one wishes proof of an implosion.

    Finally, you are responding to my, until then, only post regarding Pyramids on this thread, I am not (normailly) Anonymous, so if this is tedious (and I don't find it so), I can only cop to a minority of the tedium. -g

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    Re:End of Pyramid Scheme Discussion
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 10 2003, @02:30PM (#11488)
    "If anything, fewer and fewer dupes are buying worthless domains."

    This goes against the "economic theory" that for-profit entities invest in new products because there are people that will pay for these products...does it not? Or are all of the people that are currently buying "delete services" from registrars and all those soon to pay for WLS not "dupes" even though the value of these "market service needs" would mostly deteriorate with the addition of the new goods and servces?

    "My apologies to all who have this extended exchange tedious."

    and you are what, the self crowned DNS market place expert? "End of Pyramid Scheme discussion"...no one asked for you to comment and no one is asking you now....personally, I think you are still a little "mystified".
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