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    Good for Lottery ticket Sales and Lawyers Only
    by Anonymous on Tuesday December 30 2003, @08:34PM (#12806)
    "The only arguments against more TLDs that have been made in any honesty are those who don't want to see their investments in .com be devalued."

    Just because someone has a stake in the health of the internet does not mean that their ideas are incorrect. In fact those with investments in the .com are the people who understood the internet before those who did not invest.

    The infusion of new overlapping TLDs into the DNS system may hinder the prices of the .com as you wish, but it is only because the value of any domain, new, old, or not yet released will be hinered. Shooting yourself in the foot to spite the .com is not going to help any development plans. For one, some traffic is going to bleed over into the other TLDs. Errors for everyone.

    "Funny, that, as those who claim that nothing will ever devalue .com are in direct opposition to those they claim to represent."

    This is because those who are in the know, realize the .com, .edu, .gov, .mil, .uk, .au TLDs relate information that is useful to everyone. This is what works, and it is for that reason that the .com will always have value. The Funny part comes in because they also realize that overlapping new TLDs will harm thier customers, surfers, their business, their systems and basically everyone who uses the internet.

    "Bottom line is - restraint of competition can't continue forever. There are laws against that kind of thing. Hint. "

    On you desktop, does your 'games' folder compete with your 'audiovisualrecreations' folder? No, it does not. Would you mirror all your installations to each of these "competing" folders in an effort to anticipate that a user might not remember which folder to open? No, you would not.

    The only competition you suggest is that domain holders compete against the confusion, errors, lost productivity and cost of mirrors created by overlapping new TLDs. More overlapping TLDs is bad for domain owners and surfers period. However, more overlapping TLDs are good for lawyers and lottery ticket salespeople.

    You seem to have lottery ticket dollar signs in your eyes, and really don't care about the health of the Internet.

    If you want case studies, lets look at the logs of any major webserver and count how many time email bounces off of the wrong webserver because the person sending the email added the wrong TLD to the destination account and host name. The series of errors and problems that this creates only increase as more overlapping purpose TLDs are added.

    People understand .com, .org, .edu, .gov, .au, .uk. There is a purpose behing the design that is key to DNS. With this approach, people can organize destinations and particular hosts in their minds, as a result of the structure. This original design takes advantage of the way that human memory works, specifically with regard to association.

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