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    The Finkelstein Column is the FUD
    by lextext on Saturday January 27 2007, @08:45AM (#16909)
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    I appreciate the fact that for an editorial Seth is working under the typical 500 word constraints, but he dismisses the value of a new TLD too easily: "Too much of the punditry about this consists of repeating clichés about kids and red lights." You can't dismiss the many arguments about using labeling to identify content in one sentence by calling them cliches.

    And to dismiss a new TLD because "it provides no additional technical value" is to keep the name space flat at .COM, .NET and .ORG for eternity. No new TLD provides any additional technical value. They are all intended to provide additional user choice for naming and identification. That's all.

    Does this have value to users? Of course it does. It allows people who wish to identify their content with finer detail than whether they are commercial or an organization to have an appropriate extension. It also allows the receivers of content to have a better understand of what sort of content to expect. .TRAVEL, .JOB, .MUSEUM, .AERO -- whatever their relative merits -- perform a similar function. You may not choose to use it, but those who do see the value.


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    Re:The Finkelstein Column is the FUD
    by Anonymous on Saturday January 27 2007, @11:22AM (#16910)
    "It also allows the receivers of content to have a better understand of what sort of content to expect. .TRAVEL, .JOB, .MUSEUM, .AERO -- whatever their relative merits -- perform a similar function. You may not choose to use it, but those who do see the value."

    I cannot choose to use .museum, .aero, and .travel. Those are "restricted" to specificly-accredited entities.
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    Re:The Finkelstein Column is the FUD
    by gpmgroup on Saturday January 27 2007, @01:09PM (#16911)
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    .xxx will cause ICANN serious problems because it will by definition set two arbitrary limits. The first is for content deemed not titillating enough and second for that which is deemed two obscene even for .xxx

    Every person has their own personal view of where those two boundaries should be drawn. The more vociferous often feel that everybody else should be forced to share “their” personal view of where these boundaries should be drawn.

    The position of these two boundaries varies enormously between people of the same society, so how can one possibly attempt draw these boundaries for differing societies, say Iran, Sweden, Holland and the US?

    You also illustrate one other very telling point.

    “You may not choose to use it, but those who do see the value.” - Exactly that is why companies and famous people who cannot afford the services of companies like your own will have to “voluntarily” register TheirOwnName.xxx for $80 a year.

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