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    Re:You And Your Customers
    by KarlAuerbach on Saturday March 20 2004, @01:17PM (#13222)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I agree with Chris except that I would shorten his statement: "If you meet the technical and business criteria, you're in." to simply "If you meet the technical criteria, you're in."

    In other words, there ought to be no "business criteria" - It is simply none of ICANN's concern, nor ours as members of the community of internet users, what someone's great or silly business plan might be.

    TLDs are not airplanes - if a TLD crashes there are no innocents who are hurt, at least not if the buyers of names in that TLD are adequately informed by the TLD operator about what they are buying. And I'd leave that to existing consumer protection and other laws that deal with fraudulent practices and the scope of warranties.

    ICANN has created the glamour that TLDs are something special that have to be evaluated and deliberated carefully. That always has been nonsense - but it is a glamour that does bring in a lot of revenue to a cash-starved ICANN.

    In reality, one should be able to obtain a TLD with about the same degree of effort and cost as getting a license to drive an 18 wheel truck - in other words, it would involve some scrutiny of skills and some small license cost (measured in tens or hundreds of dollars, not tens of thousands of dollars.) It would involve no deep background checks nor inquiries into the motivation or finances.

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    Re:You And Your Customers
    by Anonymous on Saturday March 20 2004, @02:28PM (#13224)
    Well, add me to the list of people "clamoring for new gTLDs."

    ICANN is a waste of resources, in and of itself. It has nothing to do with how many TLDs there are or how many companies run them. There is one person that frequents this space who, more than just about anyone else, knows what he is talking about. He just responded to the original post, and I defer to his wisdom. Unless you have some convincing argument to the contrary, that is.
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    Re:You And Your Customers
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Sunday March 21 2004, @10:45AM (#13229)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I don't think it's really fair to refer to .name as a "loser" -- true, it hasn't caught on to a large extent, but at least it actually did launch (unlike .pro), and is being used by some, including myself. A Google search [google.com] turns up 80,700 indexed pages in the .name domain, which is more than Google has for .aero, .coop, or .museum.
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