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    Maybe .pro Should Wildcard
    by jberryhill on Tuesday October 07 2003, @09:40PM (#12413)
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    Of course, if it wasn't for the wildcard in .museum, you'd never find any museums, since the naming convention is counter-intuitive.

    For example, if you want to find broadband internet services, you go to:

    http://moc.civilwar.museum

    If you want to find the National Heritage Agency of the Isle of Man, you go to:

    http://isleofman.motorcycle.museum

    And, how many times have you been looking for a frog museum in your country? It would be a long time before you stumbled across:

    http://swiss.frog.museum

    But hurry. In order to qualify for a .museum domain name, the museum must be open to the public, and the swiss.frog.museum is only open for three hours every month.

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    • Why Not? by Anonymous Wednesday October 08 2003, @07:03AM
    What's with the sarcasm?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday October 07 2003, @10:49PM (#12414)
    No really. The poster of this article is cynical and sarcastic. However, the .museum makes excellent points. Essentially, the .museum domain owners support the wildcard behavoir, they've never hidden the fact that they have a wildcard, and no one has ever complained. In other words, there is no problem.

    I hope the outcome of this wildcard discussion is something along the lines of, "If you want to impliment a wildcard in your TLD, these are the rules you should follow." Then, .museum, and the other wildcard domains will follow these guidelines, and things will be great.

    (of course, i think there are many domains that wildcards are inappropriate for, but that's another story...)
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    .COMmodity
    by RFassett on Wednesday October 08 2003, @07:13AM (#12419)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    the market place dictates that .com domain name registrations are a commodity. For those DNS business models this is of benefit to, there is no problem until threatened. Same would be true for .Museum except for the fact the market place does not dictate second level registrations as a commodity, by its own design. It seems ok to capitalize upon the commodity value of .com as long as you are not "the provider". Technical issues aside, I am not sure I get this logic.
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    Hypocracy In Action
    by Anonymous on Wednesday October 08 2003, @08:23AM (#12420)
    This outlash against VeriSign is full of inconsistencies.

    The Internet is more than the web.

    Wildcarding does not factor in other protocols.

    but

    It is ok if .museum or .tv use a wildcard to target web browsers.

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