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    Re:ICANN Board Correct Here
    by Anonymous on Friday May 02 2003, @12:14PM (#11554)
    "You seriously believe that relatively naive prospective domain name registrants are going to understand WLS, and are going to squeeze out competition from people who follow the system closely?" No, I don't believe naive registrants are going to understand WLS ... they don't have to. Verisign will undoubtedly make it extreeeeemely simple for ANYONE to use WLS. In fact, potential registrants will probably be automatically prompted to buy WLS service anytime a domain shows "taken". They'll make it simple, idiot-proof. Naive registrants won't have to understand it. They'll know it's an affordable way to be first in line for a particular domain ... that's all they really need to know. Then just click on "Buy WLS Service For This Domain", and forget. That's it, just click and forget. There's a lot to be said for the power of naive registrants. Naive registrants keep overpriced registrars like Register.com and Netsol afloat. Naive registrants need not know about GoDaddy or DirectNic. Mr. Berryhill is correct, WLS will be a boon to speculators, but the playing field of speculators will also include growing numbers of naive registrants. And I ain't just-a-woofin'!
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    Re:ICANN Board Correct Here by Anonymous
    Re:ICANN Board Correct Here
    by jberryhill on Friday May 02 2003, @12:49PM (#11555)
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    "Naive registrants won't have to understand it. They'll know it's an affordable way to be first in line for a particular domain ..."

    Unless someone else has already gotten to be the first in line for that domain.

    But the "back-order" feature by which NSI already sells *the exact same way* is the current SnapNames system. Even non-naive people already complain about the fact that the "good" snaps are all taken. Do you think calling it "WLS" will make the situation any different from the perspective of this potential customer?

    You are simply moving the "problem" back one step, and this is the magical thinking part that I never understand in these discussions...

    If the domain name is taken before this "good" person came along, then why do you think the WLS position on that name will not also be taken before they come along?

    And if the domain name registrant uses an auto-renew feature on the domain, so that every year as the renew date approaches, the desired domain name is renewed, how many successive years do you think it is going to take for this "naive" WLS holder to start getting a little jaded about what he/she is paying for every year when the corresponding WLS position, um... guess what.... expires!

    "That's it, just click and forget."

    Yes. Click and forget the fact that you've just paid $X, the name was renewed, and you have gotten exactly nothing for the money you paid. There is certainly a lot to be said for getting people to pay you money for nothing. Deal me in.

    Imagine the rush to grab expiring WLS slots on good names... Do you think *those* are just going to sit around untaken?

    Or did you think that a WLS position was a perpetual front row seat?

    Heh... stay tuned.
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