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    .NAME == Yawn...jeez, register in .COM - costs les
    by Ron_Bennett on Wednesday January 16 2002, @06:24AM (#4662)
    User #3011 Info | http://www.wyomissing.com/bennett/
    Saw a few articles yesterday about .NAME, but certainly not anywhere the amount of press .INFO or .BIZ received.

    And let's face it, after the experience many people had with .INFO and .BIZ, many are done with new TLDs...and instead are sticking with the legacy TLDs (.COM, .NET, .ORG) - they are reliable, are often cheaper, offer more registrants more control, and are legally much safer than the new TLDs which force upon registrants the standard ICANN UDRP and on top of that, the new TLD registries add their own IP agreements too...a registrant with .COM at least has a fighting chance...with .BIZ, .INFO, and .NAME, the registrant has basically no chance...between all the policies, bogus claims, incompentence, and corruption.

    And even if .NAME is administered flawlessly, it's still doomed...for most people like to have full CONTROL (at least the perception of anyways) of what they purchase...with a .NAME, one only controls a third level - and only to a very limited extent. In contrast, for example, with a .COM domain, a registrant can use it for a website, DNS, email, etc...much more control and stability - and often at lower cost too.

    Lastly, .NAME is redundent...why would one pay for an email address when they already have one...the .NAME folks are counting on that many people will want vanity email addresses...and that may be true, but many of those same people would rather have their own domain name that they can use for email, website, etc with full control. But most importantly, the bulk of people out there are too damn cheap to pay money for an email address when their ISP gives them one or more free with their subscription - perhaps .NAME will partner with ISPs...that's really the only hope they have...but actually there's another problem too...lack of name space...that's right...between all the IP claims and restricted names in .NAME, there's not much left - especially when one considers that numerous people share the exact same first and last name and out of those some will even share the same middle name. You know the more I think about it, the folks pushing .TEL have a better chance than .NAME of succeeding...and that's not saying much :-(
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    Re: .NAME == Yawn...jeez, register in .COM - costs
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday January 16 2002, @06:55AM (#4663)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    You do have full control of your .name domain, just as in any other TLD. It's third level rather than second, but that's no different than .co.uk, etc. If you own john.doe.name, you can use it for all the same things you could use johndoe.com, including email like me@john.doe.name. It's only if you want an email address under the second level name like john@doe.name that you have to pay extra for it.

    And, for some people (including myself), the use of .com for a personal site has always been somewhat bothersome even if it was the lesser-of-evils of the TLDs, since we don't particularly want our personal sites to be at an address that implies that it's a commercial entity (though it's not an organization, university, government, etc. either, so the other TLDs don't fit). .name makes some sense in that case.
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    Re: .NAME == Yawn...jeez, register in .COM - costs
    by NickM (Domain@WatchMyDomain.com) on Friday January 18 2002, @01:37AM (#4677)
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    I totally agree. why go for yourname.lastname.name when the chances of yourname.com will 99% be available.

    Why pay for email forwarding when its comes free with the domain?

    And all this costs just $9.99 a year.

    Sounds untrue!!!!!

    Log onto www.DotName.com and check it out.
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    • Plz explain by NickM Friday January 18 2002, @05:21AM
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