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    Re:why should domain owners go away?
    by Undecided on Tuesday January 13 2004, @07:39PM (#12843)
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    There is a reason: The ccTLD list is based on the ISO abbreviations list, and the ISO recycles old abbreviations. If the two lists aren't kept in sync, there will a conflict at some point. IANA doesn't want to deal with two countries arguing about who gets to be "nu" (for example).

    IANA has deleted ccTLDs before (most recently, .zr, when Zaire became the Democratic Republic of Congo and requested a new abbreviation from the ISO). They let ISO make the political decisions for them because it's easier. (IANA doesn't want to be involved in constant political bickering over who deserves which TLD. Can you blame them?)

    Still, .nu is in no real danger. Even in the New Zealand government takes over, the ISO will leave the abbreviation alone. Niue is geographically isolated enough to rate its own abbreviation.
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    Re:why should domain owners go away?
    by dmehus on Tuesday January 13 2004, @09:21PM (#12844)
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    Well said.

    However, if it were allowed to remain, it should be established as a generic Top-Level Domain in which open, competitive bidding for its management be installed. I'm no legal expert by any stretch of the imagination, but it would seem to me if Niue is dissolved, then the country no longer exists and the contract between its former government and the administrator is null and void. In effect, .nu would no longer be a ccTLD.

    I'm not saying it should necessarily be removed, even if it were granted a temporary reprieve. However, it should not continue to have ccTLD status with the luxury of perpetuity. Establish it as a special sponsored gTLD (since it only has two letters and may conflict with a future ccTLD with the same characters), with a provision in the contract with whoever comes out as the winning party in the bidding process that clearly states the TLD may be deleted from the root in the event the ISO recycles that TLD and needs it for a new country down the road. Of course, even then, a suitable transition period should be established.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Shame on the ISO
    by Anonymous on Wednesday January 14 2004, @02:37PM (#12851)
    If ISO causes a conflict by recycling an old abbreviation, then shame on the ISO.

    Using this as a reason to retire a ccTLD is a non-starter.

    There are plenty of two letter codes that have never been used, and should be used, before the ISO starts recycling an old abbreviation.

    Where is it written that a ccTLD must be tied to a piece of land for it to be valid?

    It is not unheard of for people to lose their country but retain their identity. There will still be people of Niue descent for decades to come, even if their island no longer exists. In fact, they may get re-established somewhere else!

    Stability means not making rash decisions. Sometimes, this means waiting years.

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