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    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
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    Re: WHOIS Ben Edelman?
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Friday June 22 2001, @04:50PM (#946)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    Ben's report is not "research." Nor does it qualify as scholarship, yet. He couldn't get it published in any reputable journal.

    Not because there's something wrong with it, at this stage, but because it's incomplete. It's a data dump. He went and downloaded some zone files, the veracity of the statistics derived from that process are disputed.

    In research, one formulates a hypothesis and uses the data to prove whether it has been proved or disproved. Ben didn't do that. And, unlike a real scholar or researcher, he refuses to participate in public discussion of it.

    Ben's statement that he prefers to let the "research [sic] speak for itself" is a pretty clear sign that he is either naive (from a scholarly standpoint) or content to make a propagandistic point without taking any responsibility for discussing the validity of the conclusions people are drawing from it. One wonders whether Harvard instills in its students basic research methods concepts. Graphs and tables don't "speak." Propositions as to what they prove must be formulated and logically developed from the data.

    I also find very implausible the proposition that the people signing up in the ARNI .biz think that it's the ICANN root. This too is an empirical question, however.

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    Re: WHOIS Ben Edelman? by Mueller
    Re: WHOIS Ben Edelman?
    by alexander on Friday June 22 2001, @11:25PM (#948)
    User #22 Info | http://www.icannchannel.de
    Just a point of clarification:
    I also find very implausible the proposition that the people signing up in the ARNI .biz think that it's the ICANN root. This too is an empirical question, however.
    I hope this doesn't refer to my comment (Wednesday, June 20 @ 12:22:45) -- if so, I was being unclear. I don't think many people thought "hey, this has to be the 'real' .BIZ", I would assume that only few people made that mistake. I think the media attention surrounding the (ICANN) .BIZ decision led to more interest in the ARNI .BIZ.

    Some well-informed Internet users may have heard of Vint Cerf's statements about .WEB and may have thought "maybe my ARNI .BIZ domain name will come into the (ICANN) root at some time point of time, even though ICANN doesn't admit it now. Now, I can still get a good .BIZ domain name, so it may be worth the gamble."
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