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    Re:Tender, not auction
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday July 13 2004, @11:12AM (#13942)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I disagree with you on this - I prefer a system that combines lottery mechanisms (so that everybody has a chance to win something) with auctions. I won't go into details here, check my blog.

    However, to my mind the real issue is that of the "qualifications" and the number of slots to be bid on. (I say slots because I believe the winner should be allowed to pick the character string it wants to use as the TLD name, i.e. the auction/lottery should be for slots not names.)

    As for qualifications - basically they should be limited to promising to abide by some set of technical standards. There should be no other qualification of any kind and there should be no obligation to disclose the intended use of the slot. The imposition of non-technical qualifications is simply a way of biasing the outcome in favor of non-innovative uses.

    As for the number of slots - it should be sufficiently high that we burn out the glamour that has been associated with TLDs. I believe we could do 10,000 per year but I'd be happy with one per business day.

    The fee to join the acution/lottery ought to be about $5.
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    Re:Tender, not auction
    by Mueller (muellerNO@SPAMsyr.edu) on Tuesday July 13 2004, @03:04PM (#13944)
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    Your comments seem to fundamentally confuse auction of second-level domain names with auctioning off the right to operate a TLD. The two are completely different. Your comments about having a domain name you currently own "auctioned out from under you" are complete fantasies, no one is proposing that.

    Wrt to .net, ICANN can specify as a policy that the price will be fixed and auction off the right to operate .net on those terms. Or, it could hold a "lowest price to the consumer wins" auction. Or, it could simply auction off the right to operate with proviso that the winner respect current contracts.

    I find your hysteria to be ill-informed and hard to understand.
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