I have to say this public forum is something of a joke because it is not functioning
as a true forum for the expression of public opinion. Not only do you have 99% centred
on .web with little or no discussion on other TLD's, you also have predominantly
distorted views, with very few well balanced and objective posts. I have seen a few
good posts, but guess what? there are no responses or further discussions, and why?
as I said before - distorted views.
First off you've got applicants inundating
the forum (mainly IOD) with their perspective trying to stifle free expression and
quell any rising contrary opinion. I do not believe this board is appropriate for
IOD. They have made their application, which they insist will stand on it's own merits
- so let it! If the application is so good, then why are they so insecure that they
feel the need to try to dominate this board with all their claims and counter claims
This is not the proper channel for IOD to respond to ICANN's evaluation
of their application. It would be more appropriate for IOD to contact ICANN directly
and if IOD is not satisfied with ICANN's handling of their application, then there
are other avenues of redress that can be sought, one which is a road IOD has travelled
many times before... the legal system (albeit with limited success).
is hardly professional and tantamount to "citing cyber revolt" in relation to this
forum - and to this entity we should entrust a registry?
Then there are all you
little .webbians who have heeded IOD's call to the fray, but who can't see past your
own personal greed in wanting to keep your precious little pre-registered .webs.
Every one of you is so caught up in the hype of your own little .web world, that
you have all failed to, or more than likely lacks the ability to, stop and think
about the bigger picture.
The internet is bigger than all us, but more importantly,
it is there for all of us. It is our tomorrow and the way of the future. That means
it also has to be there for our children and our children's children and we have
to preserve a share in it for them. And how do we do that? - .web is not the answer.
is becoming much more apparent that allowing a .web registry as a possible solution
under present conditions is a fallacy. It will solve nothing until the inherent problems
in the current registration practices is fixed. Problems is, nobody has the balls
to fix it - it is not that hard, but the personal greed of the few is destroying
the potential good, of the internet, for the many.
There are those who cry "no
government involvement"; "first come first served"; "total freedom of registration";
"no controls" - well you've had it and it is clear it is not working and largely
through vanity and greed of registrants and registry/registrars alike.
- NSI rewards hoarders.
Order 100+ domain names with the same registration
information in one simple transaction and save over 50%.
- NSI even facilitates
- ICANN :
Just what kind of example is this for the rest of us?
give me this bull about free enterprise. This internet is a valuable resource that
should be shared and preserved. It has evolved into something that it was not intended
to be, and this should not be tolerated. If present authorities (tongue in cheek)
cannot address the situation, then I am all for purists taking back the web. Having
a web address should be a privilege and not one that should not be abused.
are some registry models that work very well and where there is no crises through
lack of names - and what are they? : .edu .gov .int .mil - and why do they work,
because they address a specific target audience and you have to qualify for registration,
hence there is no abuse, and the resource is shared in a fair and equitable manner,
as it was intended.
The .com .net and .org TLD's model at the outset was conceptually
a good idea. The only mistake the originators made was they believed the internet
community would act responsibly - well we all know where that thought got them, or
I am not one for burdening the consumer with conditions and rules, but
it is clear that without any rules or conditions, the internet community is not able
to or prepared to share a resource that was intended for all. If on the other hand,
the TLD's were used as foreseen and intended, that alone would go a long way to relieve
the present shortage of names.
So introducing .web does not help because it has
the same model, and will only serve to magnify the problem. If anybody is too shortsighted
to see that, the are not a worthy Net Citizen. And as for ICANN it is time to grow
some balls and fix things - your hands off approach might suit you "personally",
but it does the community a disservice and if you continue to let this valuable resource
be soaked up by hoarders and the like, people will ultimately get fed up with the
internet as we know it (a'la ICANN) and come up with an alternative and kiss ICANN
good bye. (Necessity is the mother of invention.)
That being said, further TLD's
are desirable, but they should be targeted and registrants should have relevance
otherwise we have not learned from our mistakes. Introducing further unrestricted
domains without conditions is irresponsible and creates a problem which will be very
hard if not impossible to fix in the future.
As a suggestion, you (ICANN) should
start with .org and let this resource be used by those for whom it was intended;
and as I am one never to criticise without offering a solution, if you do not have
the expertise or manpower to resolve this, I am both capable and available to advise
you, but not here and not now.
Back to you .webbians - I'm not quite done with
Ever hear the expression "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread" -
well I have never seen so many (fools) try to give so much (support) to someone (IOD)
who has given them so little and let them down so badly - must be blind faith.
the last week I have read much on ICANN in all it's previous forms which leads me
to believe ICANN has an agenda of it's own and pays little heed to anyone's advise,
be it good or bad. Over the years it has enjoyed tremendous support from the internet
community at large and volunteers who really believe in the internet and what it
should stand for, and consistently it has left them all in it's "dust" - disappointed
and sometimes bitter. And yet, being the purists they are, if asked by ICANN tomorrow,
I am sure they would be prepared to help what appears to be an undeserving ICANN.
IOD application failed first scrutiny but was passed to the next round because of
you rowdy lot on this board. Now either ICANN is listening to you (didnít I just
say they don't listen to anybody) or it is a very clever ploy on the part of ICANN
to appease the "partial public" (pun intended) - so don't hold your breath.
was in a position where they could have made a difference to the overall landscape
of new TLD's but one has to question the foresight of the company to now be in the
situation they are in. Their main service was to take pre-registrations when they
really could have done so much more - ye poor fools of blind faith that follow. Shame
on you IOD for not taking bolder steps steps and being a REAL pioneer. Double shame
on you IOD for still not having learnt to see ICANN for what it is...
For the most
part I am happy to have an open minded debate with just about anybody, but I certainly
would not bother wasting my time with most of you .webbians in this forum, not until
you acquire the ability to open your little minds anyway.