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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Sat, April 7, 2001 at 11:03 PM GMT
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Subject: The new TLD's recently approved by ICANN are not the best possible.


The new top level domains (TLDs) recently approved by ICANN are not the best possible.

For the new TLDs and several old TLDs, I propose several changes in nomenclature only (with no change in registries).

  Current      Better
  -------      ------

  .aero        .aer

  .biz         .cor (for corporation)
             & .ltd (for partnership)

  .co          .com
  .coop        .co

  .edu         .ed, or .edn (for educational institution)

  .info        .lnk (for link)
            or .dir (for directory)
            or .rpt (for report)

  .museum      .mus, or .mue

  .name        .ami (which means "am I")

For example, JohnSmith.ami as in the sentence "John Smith am I" (or "I am John Smith").

Notice that all the proposed nomenclatures are three or two letters.  This preserves the naming convention for file extensions that had been carried to the internet.

To prevent confusion with country-codes (CC-TLDs), and to allow for easy addition of CC-TLDs, I propose that country codes be expanded to four letters, with a few remaining three or two letters.  For example, .usa, .can, .mex (rather than .us, .ca, .mx).  And .tv, .to, .it, .at would be grandfathered in for ten years (and then opened to general use, with those CC-TLDs becoming .tuv, .ton, .ital, .astr, respectively.)

The nomenclature that I propose herein is a vast improvement over the current nomenclature.  I hope that the ICANN Board of Directors take this under serious consideration.


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