At 5:53 PM -0400 7/1/08, John C Klensin wrote:
Pretend I'm a fine, upstanding, citizen who is in the domain
names business (I guess that would make me a "domaineer" :-))
and whose business model is based on traffic concentration and
I think I would really like to own "local", although not as much
as I'd like to own "example.com" or any other name to which the
IETF or various protocol designs provide free advertising and
traffic direction. Every leaked name that might reference a web
page would drive traffic to my site, as well as every action
that led those who didn't know what was going on to open
http://www.local./ to figure out what was going on.
In a more sane world, no one rational would want to build a
business or other activity around a TLD named "local". But
this is demonstrably not a sane world.
+1. I was approached by one such fine, upstanding citizen who asked
which names "currently reserved by the IETF" would be most valuable
for a search page.
This does not mean that ICANN won't listen to the IETF; it means that
there will be voices more familiar to ICANN saying things different
than we are.
--Paul Hoffman, Director
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