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Username: friedrich
Date/Time: Mon, April 10, 2000 at 2:10 PM GMT
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Subject: Against the NGH (new-gtld-hysteria)


      I frequently read the opinion that people would not go for speculation anymore, if new gtlds were created. Maybe the contrary is true.

I will try to show you why: Did you get aware of how many people already preregistered with the many CORE registrars or affiliates existing? Many of those "new domain names to come" seem to be already booked in advance. And this even facing the high risk that they will never be activated, as CORE has never been authorized to register under any of these "new" domain-names.

There are names you even can't register with .art anymore, but you still can quietly register them in the existing .net or .org domain!

I think one can talk of a real registering-hysteria which may have started through the activities of the CORE people and now seems to drive the whole Internet mad.

I propose the following steps:

To avoid trademark conflicts, I strongly recommend to activate IOD's .web registrations.
It may also make sense to introduce an .xxx and a .game gtld in order to separate those websites from the others.

Trust it: All the rest will create an even bigger hysteria. Each time new gtlds will be entered, the number of people trying to speculate with them will grow higher. It will be like gold-digging. Tell someone, that this time you found a "nugget" in .shop and you'll have hundreds or thousands of late-comer hysterics to try to get the same "nugget" in the new to come .gold gtld or whatsoever new gtld will be added "next time"!

Let the Internet calm down a little and force people to use their imagination and creativity while looking for a domain-name. It may be the only way out of the current NGH (new-gtld-hysteria).


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