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    Lynn's comment below is meaningless and moved by c
    by Anonymous on Saturday December 14 2002, @02:24AM (#10546)

    "In many conversations I have had on this subject, my own sampling indicates that there are as many, if not more, individuals who favor no more TLDs as there are those who advocate moving forward."

    Who cares that there are those who do not favor the expansion of namespace? Their motive is clearly connected to an interest in speculating in the current namespace; additional extensions would dillute their holdings.

    Who else would fear namespace expansion? Oh, perhaps a businessman who doesn't want the branding power of a generic SLD to be given to other people. So is it ICANN's mission to serve the interest of those who want to restrict competition? Is this what Stuart Lynn is defending?

    A legitimate developer and businessman who is not hell-bent on eliminating diversity will possess the domains he possesses, will brand it and go on their strength. And if he is not personally interested in new namespace, he has the right to refrain from registering and developing therein. He does NOT have the right, however, to deny new namespace to others.

    So, Mr. Lynn, your position clearly illustrates your continued interest to restrict namespace expansion for illegitimate and corrupt reasons. You have come so close to admitting that you support those who, in corrupt self-interest, care to diminish competition. Can't you now just come out and state it forthright? It would make things so much easier.

    Admit that, in particular, you don't want diversity and competition at the registry level because Verisign, and Versign through Afilias, line your coffers. This is not in dispute.

    Don't play us for fools. I will personally and continually shine the light on your corruption, bias and self-interest. You do not have the moral right on your side. The history of an open market system counters your arguments for market restrictiveness

    And you simply don't have to right to set policy, regardless of your personal values. You were not given the authority.

    I wish you would just take the short cut to hell, Mr. Lynn. The road you're currently on is just too damned slow.

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    Re: Lynn's comment below is meaningless and moved
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Saturday December 14 2002, @04:55AM (#10549)
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    Who cares that there are those who do not favor the expansion of namespace? Their motive is clearly connected to an interest in speculating in the current namespace; additional extensions would dillute their holdings.

    True... but it's likely that a large part of the constituency for adding new TLDs has similarly self-serving motives -- this includes would-be operators of new TLD registries, as well as speculators who missed the boat on good names in currently-existent TLDs so wish the addition of new ones to give them a chance to speculate on them. Once these people do manage to grab a bunch of names in a new TLD, they're likely to change camps to the anti-expansion side to protect their investment by opposing any additional TLDs.

    People who want a namespace that makes logical sense are a weak lobby compared to all the different self-interested groups.
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