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Let's not fix things that aren't broken

  • To: <sac053-dotless-domains@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Let's not fix things that aren't broken
  • From: "Redacted per data subject's request" <Redacted per data subject's request@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2012 10:56:01 -0700

The SSAC looked at this idea from a technical standpoint.  The report
answers some of the technical reasons why this isn't feasible today but I'd
like to bring up what I think is a more important point.


The Difference Between The Virtual and Real World


Let's pretend that technicians figure out a way to make a dotless URL work.
I'm sure there is some way to make this possible.  Maybe one day they
actually will!  But the more important question is "Why Should they?" I can
think of no practical reason.  Dots "." are a handy way to express the
difference between "The Real" and "The Virtual"


Just think about a world where there are no dots.  If you said to your
friend, "I'm going to Chicago," he'd have to ask you the clarifying
question, "Do you mean Chicago online or the real Chicago?"  This simple
point is why the question of eliminating dots "." is silly.  The dot doesn't
just play a role in the technology, it plays an important role in everyday
communications.  I can't think of a better way to express a virtual location
without having to clarify it every time one expresses their intent.


Eliminating the dot would add further explanation to millions of discussions
both written and spoken.  I suppose that we could go back to always using
"www" or "http" but neither of those do what a "." does so eloquently.
Let's not fix something that's not broken.


I expanded on this a bit at: 


http://Redacted per data subject's request.com/2012/a-dotless-domain-name-why_596






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