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    Re: Restricted TLDs are fine, but Gilmore talks of
    by RFassett on Tuesday July 02 2002, @04:13PM (#7579)
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    "The point I intended to make in my first paragraph is that new unrestricted TLDs seem to tend to have certain problems."

    "If Gilmore wants more uTLDs, and if uTLDs have the problems I flagged....."

    Ben, please "flag the certain problems that new unrestricted TLD's [would] seem to have" under the assumption that a 1,000 would be in existence. Since your research really can not conclude this because the parameters would be entirely different than the basis of your research, I would be curious to know how it is you are formulating this opinon. Please flag what these problems would seem to be - and the basis for such - given you have provided your opinion correlated to your research.
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    • Confused by BenEdelman Wednesday July 03 2002, @05:11PM
    Re: Restricted TLDs are fine, but Gilmore talks of
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday July 02 2002, @05:53PM (#7581)
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    I quite agree that 100's of new uTLDs, even if halfways mnemonically sensible (egs: .web, .shop, .www, .firm), and even if they include speculators and defensive registrations, aren't sustainable. But I'm not sure that that was what Gilmore was advocating. He's been around long enough to remember when comnetorg actually distinguished between entities, that is, when it was a directory system. From my reading he's not talking about 100 .com clones, and if he is, my long time respect for him as a voice of sanity just fell through the floor.

    rTLDs (which is as good a term as any, and I agree they may not precisely fit ICANN's definition because they would more properly fit on a continuum, it's not black and white) strike me as a win-win for everyone, or at least as close as we will get. If apple.computers doesn't sell books they have no reason to do a defensive registration in apple.books (and wouldn't be allowed to do so). If they do, they have to convince the booksellers association charged with policing the TLD that they have primary rights over some apple grower who sells books. If the booksellers association pays too much attention to IP interests then someone else comes along with .book and that becomes the TLD that people trust. I suspect just about everyone but squatters and big league IP interests would be happy with this, and frankly, those are the two interests now driving DNS policy, and together they are a tiny fraction of those the DNS should serve. But they both wave money, so ICANN listens. That, probably more than anything else, is why ICANN is irretrievably broken, -g

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