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    Re: Mueller speaks out on WLS (Warning: here be he
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday August 27 2002, @10:08PM (#8739)
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    While I agree with adding numerous new TLDs. having to rely on a hypothetical or even real dyslexic Blechfrie to make your case seems rather wonky. Belchfire can register belchfire.biz, or if they're in the UK, belchfire.co.uk, or in the US, belchfire.us. Companies that have refused to be shaken down for *.com for a year or two don't have to worry about the squatter re-registering it, the extortion didn't work so they'll move on to greener pastures and let the name expire. Getting a WLS on the name, as you say, just tells them to hang onto it. Not getting a WLS means it will probably expire and not be picked up by anyone, no other squatter will try where the first one failed.

    But this is built on too many hypotheticals, there aren't a bunch of Belchfire's out there just lusting after their proper name, the WLS market is driven by those who want existing sites with existing traffic that they can then redirect (more accurately, misdirect) to pr0n and/or gambling sites. .com is already a wasteland of 404 errors and coming soon and for sale pages, institutionalizing a service that will ensure mousetrapping multiple popup sites where entirely unrelated sites used to exist will just further devalue .com. VeriSign doesn't care, they'd rather have more money now than less later, and ICANN seems to agree with that strategy. The long term effect will be that .com will be further devalued and other gTLDs and ccTLDs will become more trustworthy and thus more used. So even without more new gTLDs the worm is turning. -g

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    Re: Mueller speaks out on WLS (Warning: here be he
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Wednesday August 28 2002, @07:48AM (#8750)
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    I agree with most of this. Your points about .biz and .us reinforce the point that the WLS controversy is directly related to the supply of new TLDs.

    The more basic issue I am trying to focus attention on, and which you also make some good points about, is: who is responsible for management of the quality of a name space? As you point out, VeriSign may by adopting WLS undermine its own asset in the long term; then again, it may not. In a free marketplace, we let businesses decide that for themselves and then reap the consequences.
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