I didn't say .biz was a scam, I don't think new.net is either, they've been clear what they are. The fact that speculators got there first and took all the good names and didn't do anything with most of them doomed them from gaining acceptance, but I don't think it's a scam. .biz is in danger of suffering a similar fate, the Zittrain/Edelman study found over 4000 sites for sale (that was just from a sample of all sites), in contravention of .biz rules, which apparently [also see the following messages] aren't being enforced. Most of those names won't sell so will probably be allowed to drop.|
Zittrain/Edelman also point out that many others are defensive registrations which don't resolve to unique websites, so many of those who protect their brands aren't helping to brand .biz. So neither the business community nor the average user are making much unique use of .biz, and most of the good names are gone. As I say, .biz is in danger of being not much different than new.net, other than near-universal resolvability, which is a fine point when most don't resolve to anything, and many of those that do don't resolve to anything unique.
Regarding your example of methanol.biz, its home (and apparently only) page supports my point, not yours, as it is near identical to www.alternative-kraftstoffe.de/wasserstoff.htm, even sharing the same banner ad popup for a cracker site offering sex website passwords. Not very impressive. If that is what you consider a good example, I'd hate to see a poor one. -g