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    Re: Public Confusion About TLDs Won't Solve Anyth
    by unsolicited (unsolicited@audomainnews.info) on Thursday August 15 2002, @10:45PM (#8525)
    User #3378 Info | www.audomainnews.info
    Your argument is logically flawed Peter. Just because "there are companies that want to run them" does not mean that there is consumer demand for more TLDs at all. In fact the rather modest performance of .info, .biz and to a greater extent .name seems to suggest that there is little real demand for more TLDs outside of the usual suspects - TM holders, speculators, cybersquatters etc.

    Just because it can be done doesn't mean it should. I don't believe any new TLDs should be considered until there is a demonstrable demand among business & consumers (ie excluding the usual suspects). I've not seen any research that suggests that there is and plenty that suggests that there isn't. The only exception that I'm aware of is .eu although it is questionable whether there is real demand for that space either.
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    Re: Public Confusion About TLDs Won't Solve Anyth by unsolicited
    Re: Public Confusion About TLDs Won't Solve Anyth
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday August 16 2002, @02:06AM (#8528)
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    I sell books online. I've done so since long before the web existed (not by spamming, I hasten to add). Would I pay $100 for a decent .book or .books name? Yer damn rights I would. Oh sure, I could register myname-books.com, except some speculator owns it and wants $3000 for it. It doesn't matter a hill of beans anyway, I can be at
    hostingfordummies.com/fnord/isawanker/books/
    and I lose almost zero customers just because I don't have a sexy name, most folks find me by clicking on a link and I can call something bla-bla and have it point anywhere, that's how this internet thing works.

    Nevertheless it would be nice to have fnord.books or even fnordisawanker.books so I could put it on a business card and otherwise pretend to be part of the wired generation. Would I pay $100 for that? You betcha. Would I pay $3000? Ummm, no. OK, now multipy $100 by the number of online booksellers, then multiply that by those who sell other stuff online (eg: .poultry for those who sell chickens), and then tell me again how there is no demand. -g

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