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    Re: Speculators (ohmygosh!) Could Fix It ...
    by Anonymous on Wednesday November 27 2002, @06:02AM (#10320)
    Domain name shortages and public awareness go hand-in-hand.

    Keeping the namespace small will help everyone here, even those who might apply for new registries. Public awareness about .com intensified as the namespace ran out of product, when people could no longer get a decent web address. Then everyone learned quickly. Now you've got a new group of "everyone" to teach, so let the namespace get good and crowded, and the learning curve will shrink. Education (about any topic, including domain names) occurs when there is something to talk about, a hot topic. With the domain name industry, there is really nothing motivating the general public to get involved. But as soon as there is a "shortage" of anything, from domain names to Louis Vuitton handbags, everyone gets smart in a hurry. That's what happened in 1999/2000 when .com values went through the ceiling.

    An overabundance of domain name extensions does no one any good. There's no "crisis" motivating involvement.

    My advice is to drastically shrink supply of domain extensions. Let those like .name sink or swim on their own. Introduce NO NEW TLDs until there is really a demand from more than a few die-hard pre-reg suckers. When there's clamoring for new TLDs from the masses, then you can be sure the masses are educated about existing extensions. They've been motivated to learn by the got-to-have-one syndrome.

    If left to Afilias, Neulevel, and Neustar to get the word out about .info/.biz/.us, and if left to GNR to get the word out about .name, adding new extensions to the saturated namespace will make it impossible for any new extension to become important.
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