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    Re: Honest Question: How many new gTLDs do we nee
    by Anonymous on Monday November 19 2001, @09:47AM (#3732)
    Notwithstanding the flaming suffered by Coach Krajewski, his question has merit.

    A quick check of media metrix's "top 50" web properties reveals that the busiest web sites are those WITHOUT descriptive names. In fact, of the top 50, only Homestore.com really skirts the line between descriptive and random naming (Amazon and Yahoo! being the textbook exemplars of so-called "random" naming-- random, because Amazon has nothing to do with e-commerce and Yahoo! has nothing to do with search/content services).

    This is telling because it calls into question the value to web users of the kind of descriptive-naming utopia envisioned by those of us who advocate expanding the root to include scores more gTLDs.

    Granted, the current "top 50" is skewed by the present dominance of .com, and looking exclusively at the "top 50" to gauge the utility of non-commercial properties is, at best, a deeply flawed indicator.

    But it at least makes one wonder whether the "if we add them, users will visit" assumptions of root-expansion advocates are anything more than that-- assumptions. (If my implied criticism irks anybody, rest assured that I include myself among those who have simply assumed that more gTLDs are better.)

    So I am curious-- does anybody have any *empirical evidence* that the slow expansion of the root has in any way adversely affected the growth of the internet or its utility to web users?

    If not, can anybody think of how one might generate this kind of empirical data?

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