unqualified domains, was ICANN to allow commercial gTLDs

George Bonser gbonser at seven.com
Mon Jun 20 04:49:26 UTC 2011

> >
> > I would guess that most of these are going to be purchased simply to
> > prevent someone else from getting them
> I would agree with this part.
> > and that most of them will never
> > actually be placed into production.
> But not with this part.

Well, I said "most", some will likely be placed into use, but I am
willing to wager that most of them will not be actively promoted.  So
mcdonalds. might be set up to point to the same thing as mcdonalds.com
but I doubt http://McDonalds will actually be promoted because of the
potential breakage.  Image what happens in a shop that has a farm of
servers named with a fast food theme and they have a
mcdonalds.example.com, arbys.example.com, burgerking.example.com, etc.
So a user in that domain trying to get to http://mcdonalds ends up going
to mcdonalds.example.com

A company deploying this would end up with a flood of complaints and the
more "famous" the company is, the more likely they are to have problems.

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