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    Re: New TLDs and the Berkman Report
    by Anonymous on Sunday July 28 2002, @04:51PM (#8142)
    Ben Edelman has repeatedly disgusted me with his thinly veiled advocacy, masquerading as objective research.

    Ben, I'm sorry, but you're offensive in your quasi-covert approach. You also promote far too much regulation and seek to impose your will upon the enduser. Who are you to tell the next manufacturer of widgets that it has to be restricted because "there are already too many widgets"? What form of political ideology do you espouse, anyway? Whatever it is, it is either extremist-Right or extremist-Left. In the end, it all becomes the same thing. It seeks to make decisions for all the "little people" and seeks to dictate the market. I find it, and ultimately you, offensive. I have for a long time, and appreciate this analysis by Milton Mueller.

    You're out of your league. Nice try, but you fall severely short and tip your cards way too much. Your subjectivity is smattered all over the table for everyone to see. I know there are Edelman advocates on this board, but they just don't see the ideology that regulates your flawed research.

    You cite that someone has registered 50 common nouns. So what? 1) who are you to regulate against that? 2) who are you to assume the registrations themselves are inherently illicit? 3) who are you to assume that they are being warehoused? I personally own 140 .com domains and the majority of them lead to distinct websites. By the end of the year I hope to have the remaining number lead to still more distinct websites. They are not mere portals and they are more than mere splash pages. I am not a speculator (not that it is illegal!) or a cybersquatter. Yet you would have them removed from me. And you would seek to deny the next guy easily branded, memorable generics in a fledgling gTLD.

    You don't get it, Ben. You won't. You are ideologically/politically myopic. Your socialist professors really did a number on you. "Restrict! Restrict! Restrict! Dictate terms for the good of the masses! Make the decisions FOR them!" This is what you are doing, Ben. You would do well to move to China.

    Keep your ideology out of your research. It makes you an amateur. I just fear the day your subjectivity is buried more covertly in your research and accompanying narrative. Right now, it can be easily spotted. When you hide more efficiently in the darkness and create a stronger air of "objectivity," you will wield far more influence.

    Aren't you even remotely afraid of what you're becoming, Ben? You have let all this exposure granted to you via ICANN's conferences, this forum, media coverage, etc., get to your head. Be careful, Icarus. I just hope you're not Klaus Barbie.

    Sorry for the hyperbole, but analogies are often understood better through exaggeration.

    You seek too much influence, Ben. And you endorse those who would seek to microgovern.

    I suppose your socialist professors did no justice on the founding of democracy.

    Okay, now give me your spin.

    (My apologies if, under all this stuff, you're really a nice guy. On one level, you seem it.)

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    Re: New TLDs and the Berkman Report
    by Anonymous on Monday July 29 2002, @03:25AM (#8148)
    No one else out there is really making an attempt to do the same kind of research that Ben does. It seems that some readers of this site get all bent out of shape any time any says that new TLDs aren't necessary. Well, they just aren't. Until Joe and Jane Sixpack start to learn more about the Internet and realize that .info and .biz exist, we should not add more TLDs. Let's see if .org can become popular again, and lets use the country-codes gone generic TLDs .tv, .cc, .ws before we bother with adding new ones.
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    Re: New TLDs and the Ben Edelman Report
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 01 2002, @03:17AM (#8257)
    Ben Edelman is a lowlife.
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