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    Re: What's Wrong with the New TLDs?
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday December 06 2002, @06:03AM (#10433)
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    There is nothing wrong with the new TLDs. They are succeeding or failing on their own merits.

    What is wrong is that there aren't more. What is wrong, more specifically, is that there are companies who wish to be registries who are not being allowed to do so for no good reason.

    As long as there is a single, qualified applicant being told that they will not be considered, ICANN is restricting access to a market for no good reason. In any other industry, this would be a violation of antitrust laws.

    Why not here?

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    Corrected figure
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday December 06 2002, @06:16AM (#10435)
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    You're right; the actual figure is 85,633. I accidentally got the figure from the wrong column in the SOTD report and wrote the number of new registrations during the second quarter, instead of the total registrations to date.

    I thought the figure I gave seemed excessively low, even for an unpopular domain; just the usual idiocy that attends any new TLD launch should result in a few thousand silly registrations, from people who say "Hey, neat, I can cybersquat on Britney Spears!", and hyperactive trademark lawyers who justify their fees by advising clients to register every stupid permutation of their marks, in every TLD, that they can.
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    Re: What's Wrong with the New TLDs?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday December 07 2002, @04:19AM (#10455)
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    And is that a bad thing? Well, it is if you're hoarding them in hopes of them becoming valuable, but if you're merely interested in using them as part of a logical namespace, their resale value is not a concern.
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    Re: What's Wrong with the New TLDs?
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday December 07 2002, @04:23AM (#10456)
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    I didn't think I embedded any such misconception in my writing (although I did have a throwaway reference to the "www." prefix). I'm well aware that domain names can be used for many things other than Web sites, and in fact predated the Web in existence.

    For the .name domain, in particular, I think email is the real "killer app"; there's a much bigger audience that might be receptive to getting a personalized, permanent, non-ISP-dependent email address than there is interested in having a personal Web site, so .name could really catch on if marketed there. This is best done in conjunction with a user-friendly webmail system so that it can be used by those who have no clue about how to configure an email program.
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