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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by challenge on Wednesday September 19 2001, @07:55AM (#2382)
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    Sounds like you're finding excuses for ICANN, the only reason why those other ones are slipping through quietly, is a testament to their true worth and not to the fact that ICANN did a better job there.

    Having said that, I was mostly referring to the fact that extensions will live or die by their popular relevance. Outside of ".name" and ".info", none of the remaining new-extensions will amount to much.

    They will add to the confusion and exasperate the biggest ailment afflicting the Internet, and that is "data overload".. Users at large are being turned away by the printed-flyer mentality that's ruling the web. Fifteen different extensions will NOT make for a better user experience.

    I think it is reasonable to expect that:
    Someone looking for a business, would use .com
    A non-profit-organization or institution, .org
    A government site, .gov
    A person, .name
    General Information, .info

    Everything else flows through search engines.

    Outside of those 5, it would be a real stretch to expect any significant traffic and that is why I believe that "niche extensions" will go nowhere..

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    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com by challenge
    Re: AP Reports It's Still King .com
    by wesmills on Thursday September 20 2001, @02:24AM (#2414)
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    What gets me is, why do a lot of people think that "naturally" those looking for a personal site domain will flock to .name? To me, the .name scheme is very awkward, resulting in addresses like wes.mills.name, or www.wes.mills.name. To have an e-mail address that fits with the scheme (i.e. wes@mills.name), I have to buy e-mail services from a limited number of providers, authorized by the registrar.

    This makes no sense to me. It also presupposes that people want "vanity" domains with their name in them. My website, e-mail, etc, has been wyvern.org for almost 5 years now, which bears no resemblance to my name, even though I could have had wesmills.* (and did own the dot-com at one time). I just don't see where .name will be all that popular, considering the e-mail restrictions and the strange way (yes, it makes sense on a purely logical level, but not when held up against other domains .. too many dots for one thing) domains will be laid out.

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