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    by KarlAuerbach on Friday July 11 2003, @11:44PM (#11940)
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    .org has never, ever been reserved for, or even the preferred home, for "public interest" or "non-profit" entities.

    To transform it into one, even in perception, after the fact, does two things that, in my mind, are not very good:

        - First it places those who have built their network names in .org in the position of carrying an imputation about their names that may be not merely undeserved but also not desired.

        - Second, it takes one of the amazingly few open TLDs and, as a practical matter, closes the door to a greater or lesser extent on the idea that .org is an open TLD.

    The answer, of course, is for ICANN to allocate lots and lots of new TLDs so that this kind of branding of a TLD can occur in a TLD name that does not have incumbents.
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    • Re:Branding by cambler Sunday July 13 2003, @05:10PM
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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday July 14 2003, @11:37AM (#11958)
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    I'm with you on this... As anyone who's read my writing knows, I'm a long-time advocate of the use of different TLDs in a logical manner, in contrast to the dumbed-down way the public seems to regard them these days. I agree entirely with PIR's stance; it's impractical to impose any sort of post-facto restrictions on .org registration when it's been wide-open for years (even if this wide-openness was a result of Network Solutions dropping the ball on enforcing the original concept of the TLDs rather than a well-thought-out policy decision), but creating a "marketing perception" encouraging people to think of the TLDs in differentiated ways can be even better.
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