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    Re: How are the new TLDs doing so far?
    by RFassett on Friday July 12 2002, @07:04AM (#7811)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    just for a little common sense research:

    freetickets.info: parked at Domain Zoo registered since Sept landrush

    movietickets.info: now part of info LR2

    theatertickets.info: same registrant as freetickets.info; registered in September LR

    freetickets.biz: Re-direct registered during landrush

    movietickets.biz: "coming soon"; registered during landrush

    freemovies.biz: parked at Domain Bank; registered during landrush.

    So, exactly how can anyone possibly tell from this that the registrant of freemovietheatertickets.com would not opt to any of the above if given the opportunity (excluding the option of paying above normal retail via aftermarket)....let alone a desire to register something like freetickets.movie as a replacement to their 23 character .com domain name? Obviously, the registrant of the easy-to-remember freetickets.com could not possibly be more pleased at the "results" of the first round addressing expansion process.
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    Re: How are the new TLDs doing so far?
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday July 12 2002, @07:13AM (#7813)
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    Without sufficient expansion, the speculators take up the short memorable names.

    2 new gTLDs does not sufficient expansion make.

    20 might not even do it, though one might argue that point.

    200 would do it quite nicely, thank you.

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    Re: How are the new TLDs doing so far?
    by RFassett on Friday July 12 2002, @11:00AM (#7823)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    your assumption about the mass audience assumes they all have a need at the very same time. People generally do not want to register a domain until they feel a need to. The idea of registering a single domain name for $15 and re-selling it for $200 six months later really does not appeal to the majority of the community as worth the effort. To the majority of Net users, this is not a "need" to register a domain name thus no reason to learn real quick how to register a domain at a single moment in time (where a need for content development exists at that very same moment in time for everyone...this not only not practical but impossible).

    Your argument assumes there is something wrong with a domain name sitting on the shelf until someone needs it for content development and distribution (or, put another way, that speculators are the ones actually best to encourage this by taking them off of the shelf first). In a truly competitive world, this burden would squarely be placed upon the registries with those not good at it not being real successful. Generally, it is this environment that causes the innovation to flourish and benefits to be realized by the community as a whole. Taking the domains off the shelf purely for speculative reasons only bails out the registries from fulfilling their market responsibilities. It makes them lazy which is what we have now.
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    Re: Why have an
    by Ron_Bennett on Sunday July 14 2002, @06:27AM (#7846)
    User #3011 Info | http://www.wyomissing.com/bennett/
    Bingo! The horse has left the barn...

    The public at-large associates .COM with the internet...if a site isn't in .COM, it doesn't exist in minds of most consumers and that's unlikely to change...additionally, many people will consider sites in other TLDs as being cheap, fly-by-night, inferior, etc because they are not in .COM
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