>Trademark owners (and trademark ownners pretending to be geeks
in this forum) notwithstanding<
I'm neither, for the record.
>The notion that
poeple will be confused by new TLDS is ludicrous. Currently there are 258 top level
domains. Can you name more than 10 ?<
You seem to be arguing against yourself.
Apart from the obvious three letter gTLD's: .de - Germany, .ca - Canada, .mx - Mexico,
.uk - United Kingdom, .au - Australia, .to - Tonga, .fm - Caroline Islands, .tv -
Tuvalu, .cc - Cocos Islands, .ws - Samoa.
The first 5 because one sees them often
enough, could have named more; the latter 5 because they're already branded as alternative
gTLD's, and again could have named more. But we need still more new TLDs? How does
that follow? How does having a geocities.shop and a geocities.web lessen confusion,
whether or not they're owned by geocities.com? Or a mycoolwebsite.firm and mycoolwebsite.biz,
assuming they're not identical, and if they are, what's the point?
>So you know
what .ZA is ? .CX ? .FOOD will be confusing but .VI isn't ? Lo verily, render unto
me a break.<
Zaire...no South Africa :), Christmas Island, and the Virgin Islands.
Now where's my kewpie doll? Naw, you're right, if what you're saying is we need recognizeable
TLD's or there's no point in adding them. My only wonder is how many TLD's can you
add, and how many characters can you put in them, without rendering major software
breaks. Seems to me that's one question that ICANN as a technical organization should
address. If the answer is lots, then the only other question I have is why can't
the DNS be set up like a yellow pages? I'm looking for a technical answer, not a
>Despite this apparant confusion the Internet seems to muddle
on. That's what search engines are for.<
You seem to be arguing against the need
for recognizeable TLD's, search engines don't care what the TLD is, they'll find
you at everyone.knows-this-is.no/where if you're submitted. Seems to me, search engine
abilities will continue to improve, add .obvious TLD's and we're better off than
we are now.