What DNS Is Not

bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com bmanning at vacation.karoshi.com
Tue Nov 10 01:55:54 UTC 2009

On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 08:32:38PM -0500, Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
> >   notbeing Paul, its rude of me to respond - yet you posted this
> >   to a public list ... so here goes.
> >
> >   Why do you find your behaviour in your domains acceptable and yet  
> >the
> >   same behaviour in others zones to be "a Bad Thing" and should be  
> >stopped?
> Thought I was clear: Choice.
> I believe there is a qualitative difference between a *TLD and a  
> second level domain.  /Especially/ for the GTLDs.

	so you are making the arguement that as one navigates
	the dns heirarchy, operational choices nearer the root
	affect more people.

	as may be. - yet we see ICANN under serious pressure to 
	flatten out the root zone - to create the same amount of choice 
	at the root as one might find in .COM

	I will echo your original question to Paul, If its a "Bad Thing"
	at the root or TLD, is it a "Bad Thing" in ianai.com?

	I would say yes it is  -  looking for consistency in the stewardship
	guidelines for any delegation.  personally, I take the path less
	traveled and woudl suggest that a wildcard - at any delegation point -
	can be a useful tool.

	the unspoken compoent here is the diversity of expectation on what
	one might do with a wildcard.  Is the wildcard in and of itself a
	"Bad Thing" or has the wildcard been used in conjunction with other
	heinous practice to unfairly exploit the gullible masses?

	I don't think it fair to blame wildcards here - they are a symptom
	but not the actual cause of "Bad Thing" - for that you need other
	bits in play. 


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