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    Re: It's Time To End This Farce
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday December 02 2002, @01:34PM (#10365)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    I don't see any connection between .pro and .int... .int is an intentionally tightly restricted domain for international treaty organizations, and was never expected to have a large number of registrations. It is operated directly by the IANA function of ICANN. .pro is a domain targeted at professionals within subdomains like law.pro and med.pro, and if and when it ever actually launches it will be in a similar category to the likes of .museum and .coop.

    I agree that .biz has no real reason for existence, as it's intended for the same category of uses as .com (or, at least, what .com was intended for, commercial users, not what it's abused for).

    .info has some point to existence, as the one domain that's explicitly chartered as a free-for-all, for informational sites of all sorts, whether commercial or not. However, the creation of more free-for-alls (like .web) is questionable unless something can be done about the severe startup conflicts between speculators and the trademark lobby, with actual users being left in the dust.

    .name, which it seems to be "in" to sneer at around here, is a useful concept for personal use (no other TLD is chartered for that purpose), but needs better promotion. A Google search shows that there are in fact thousands of live pages in .name sites, so it actually is getting some use.
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    Re: It's Time To End This Farce by dtobias
    Re: It's Time To End This Farce
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Monday December 02 2002, @02:47PM (#10369)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    In reading IOD's proposal to ICANN, they seemed to have the best policy when it came to speculation and trademarks. At least it was as best as could be with the UDRP in place.

    But as I've said before, if you have a decent number of, as you call them, free-for-all domains, the value of speculation reduces to very close to nil.

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