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    Misunderstanding the brunt of the article
    by BenEdelman on Friday November 28 2003, @05:05PM (#12701)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    I fear you're still misreading large portions of the article.

    For example, "2) It just seems to me that using a sample of the 1000 fortune 1000 companies is skewed if the purpose is to determine what registrars are attractive to those planning to put a domain to web use as opposed to warehousers, etc." Fair enough! But the article doesn't proceed in this way. Notice that I compare usage by Fortune 1000 companies with usage by "regular folks" (well known enough to be listed in Yahoo) with registrants taken as a whole. Nowhere do I assume that the actions of Fortune 1000 companies are representative -- indeed, quite the contrary, I point out how Fortune registrants are different.

    Similarly, as to my inferences being skewed by domains used only for non-web purposes: The question isn't whether there are such registrations at lots of registrars; clearly there are. The question is whether such registations are likely to be more prevalent at certain kinds of registrars than others. I still think there's no problem here -- that there's no reason to think the kind of registrants who want to make non-web use of their domains will systematically and in significant numbers choose particular registrants distinct from practices of the rest of domain registrants.

    I completely agree re the significance of registrar user interfaces, customer service, etc. Notice the many questions on precisely these subjects in my survey of registrars.
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