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    Re:Pointer to my own response from May of this yea
    by Anonymous on Wednesday November 03 2004, @04:31AM (#14417)
    ...who comes up with this stuff??? How does a conservative upon conservative example that is so aggressive that it will never happen always jump straight past "stability" and right to user confusion? No matter how conservative upon conservative the argument for TLD expansion is presented, people have to immediately run to the stability and confusion umbrella...let's not worry about doing any sort of REAL due diligence but instead just throw out the mantra to ad nauseum, over and over...it's ridiculous and this gridlock - based upon stakeholder alliances some of which are hard to fathom but in fact have proven powerful - has measurably harmed the credibility of ICANN in the process...stated missions involving core objectives that are not carried out harm the credibility of an organization...that's what is really simple to understand today and not difficult to predict.
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    Re:Pointer to my own response from May of this yea
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday November 03 2004, @09:14PM (#14419)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    Perhaps many names will confuse you, but is it right for you to impose your own subjective judgement on everyone else? If you can be emperor of the internet then why can't I or why can't Fred down the street?

    The subject nature of your objection contains the seeds of its own failure - the absence of enunciated and reasonbly objective principles that underly your objection render any idea of governance unworkable.

    Going directly to your assertion that adding a new TLD a week will add to confusion - remember that means that by year 2054 we would have less than 3000 total TLDs - In .com there are more than 3000 name changes a day. And nobody is arguing that .com should be shut down because it is confusing.

    In Orwell's 1984 the English language was 'simplified' into NewSpeak - should we reduce the domain name space in the same way in order to reduce confusion. Sould we remove the letter 0 and digit 0 from domain names because they might be considered confusing?

    And if confusion is the metric, then ENUM is certainly a no-starter.

    We do not impose limits on the number of names that one can put on detergent and toothpaste - there is a simple self-corrective force - if people can't remember the name then the product will fail. Similarly, the burden of establishing a memorable name in the domain name system should not be imposed on the DNS itself but rather should be part of the well known job of "building the brand" that has been done by vendors for ages.
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