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Username: dirkx
Date/Time: Fri, March 2, 2001 at 2:15 AM GMT
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Subject: RFC 1591 - why break with Postel his legacy ?


Some 5 years ago I wanted to host email for a number of familly, opensource and mailing lists for sundry such as the results of international rowing and sailing comptetition. As at that time the dutch, italian or english registar did not allow for such frivolity (they all required legal presense, chamber of commerce registrations and physical presense); so only .com, .edu, .int, .net and .gov where open to me (living in italy - a machine in the UK,  dutch citizen).

At that time RFC1591 (- the only guiding document) said:

   ORG - This domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for
         organizations that didn't fit anywhere else.  Some non-
         government organizations may fit here.

.INT, .NET, .GOV and .EDU are obvious misfits; .COM was out too as I was not a commercial entity. So .ORG it was to be. Now I fail to understand why is this revisted ? We have the change to add other TLD's if needed - why break up an old one ?

A second more emotial objection is that over the year's domains grow on people; they are 'name's; and names are something one gets attached to. What is the win of taking this away ? Why would one do so ?



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