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    Re:Pointer to my own response from May of this yea
    by gpmgroup on Thursday November 04 2004, @01:55PM (#14422)
    User #3785 Info | http://www.gpmgroup.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?

    It is not a case of imposing my or your subjective judgments on a system. It is about finding the best improvements to a very successful system without undermining it.

    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.

    Just because a handful of very vocal constituents constantly use the media to bash ICANN as a failure for not doing what they want, should not be the reason for ill thought out changes to DNS.

    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.

    I do not understand why you would want to make individual items part of the structure? At the moment all I have to remember is the company name of the website I am searching for, then .com or .co.uk as I am in the UK.

    Elegant, easy, simple, logical.

    Now if we have for example .travel .areo &. ticket as new domains in the 3000 you suggest. I have to remember lots information more to find companya.travel, companyb.areo & companyc.ticket

    Realistically it just isnít going work, all that will happen is the market will cause companya.com companyb.com & companyc.com to become much more desirable.


    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?

    It isnít about simplifying things itís about not making things unnecessarily complicated. What is the driving economic or social reason for adding 3000 new TLDs? I can really see very little benefit, but I can see a lot of drawbacks.

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

    Enom is interesting ;-)

    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.

    I do not understand the overriding desire to make leaf objects part of the structure? It seems a very illogical way or organising data to me.
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