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Username: kst
Date/Time: Thu, March 1, 2001 at 9:01 PM GMT
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Subject: Cynicism


A cynical person might suspect that the proposed restrictions
on .org are intended to drive users away from .org and into
TLDs which are more profitable to VeriSign.  An even more
cynical person might suggest that the current .org controversy
was manufactured to draw attention away from other flaws in
the proposal.  I'm not quite cynical enough to believe that
this was the intent, but I fear that it will be the end result.

In the larger scheme of things, I don't understand why creating
new TLDs should be such a big deal.  If I want to create (just an example; it's already taken), all I have to
do is register it.  If I want to create, I have to
go through a vastly expensive bureaucratic process that is very
likely to fail.  I'm sure there are sound technical reasons why
creating a new TLD is more difficult than creating a new second
level domain name, but I doubt that they justify the extreme
level of bureaucracy that has been imposed on the process.
ICANN recently reviewed a number of proposals for new TLDs;
what was the real justification for rejecting *any* of them?


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