what problem are we solving? (was Re: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs)
billn at billn.net
Fri Jun 27 12:57:37 CDT 2008
On Fri, 27 Jun 2008, Scott Francis wrote:
> perhaps somebody with more insight can explain the rationale to me
> (DRC?) - is there a purpose served here aside from corporate/legal
It strikes me as fomenting another gold rush. The notion that disputed
TLDs go up for auction sounds like a request for a nice, high quality
money printing device. I may have skimmed over it, but where does the
money from these auctions go? At the risk of invoking Ron Paul, this will
turn TLDs into a fiat currency, and devalue the rest of them. A small
subset of people will profit, and everyone else loses.
Off the top of my head, I can see some high dollar fist fights breaking
out for .sex, .porn, .games, .hotel, etc. It'll be like the .alt tree on
usenet for people with money. There may also be an actual fist fight over
TLDs like .irc, .leet, .goatse, and .krad. Maybe not .krad.
I agree with Scott, I'd rather see ICANN spend time on current problems
instead of making new ones.
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