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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by RFassett on Tuesday July 23 2002, @08:27AM (#8041)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    "It is the essential undifferentiation I have a problem with"

    I personally favor the rTLD model (not to be confused with the closely related r-sTLD model). I think this gives the registry operator the best opportunity to build a long lasting "community" with separation from the .com namespace. I agree with your statement above, I just do not have a problem if some entity thinks differently than I do (or subjective ICANN criteria outside of its scope) and wants to do it.

    I suppose if ICANN had shown some level of competence (or just less subjectivity) up to now in "managing" this, I would be a bit more open minded to their playing a referee. But, they have not proven themselves to be, to me, an impartial referee to trust with this fairly important gatekeeping role. I just don't think they have earned the title so I think it should be stripped - completely. And if people want to launch "undifferentiated TLD's" more power to them. It would be, in my opinion, a far more favorable environment to the "stop energy" we have now.
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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by Anonymous on Tuesday July 23 2002, @09:58AM (#8045)
    I agree with you on this. As I've said many times, I favor anything that encourages the domain name system to be treated as a logically structured namespace, rather than a "Make Money Fast" scheme for registries, registrars, or speculators, or a playground for lawyers. Thus, I'd like to see any new TLDs have a well-defined purpose rather than just being new free-for-alls for everybody to fight over.

    On the other hand, I do actually support .info -- as a concept, not to endorse the (mis)management of the actual TLD as done by Afilias -- on the grounds that there probably should be one truly free-for-all TLD out there for the sake of everybody wanting to set up a site that doesn't fit in another TLD, or for which they don't consider it relevant whether the site is commercial or noncommercial, etc., just that it is an informational site. Since people are abusing .com (and also .org and .net) for that, it's better to create a TLD that's explicitly chartered that way in the hopes that at least some of the "vanity addresses" go there instead of further abusing the other TLDs.

    But now that .info is out there (even if mismanaged), I see no point to creating yet more undifferentiated variants of it. Similarly, I saw little point to .biz given that it covers the same territory as .com, only with a sillier-sounding name. The other new TLDs, though, do have clear purposes, and hence are OK for me, though they have yet to truly succeed because their target audiences aren't doing much with them.
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