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[wg-b] Re: [wg-c] URGENT: Moratorium on all additions to confusing GTLDs and ccTLDsRequired.
The objection, which follows, to my proposal is a bad one. The analogy is a
bad one too. We do not use phone numbers as easily as we use words. We can
remember words more easily also. An area code simply adds a few more numbers
to a number. A TLD adds 2 or 3 (so far) letters - that may have no meaning
of their own, to a word or string of words or letters that has a meaning and
is usually easy to remember. People do not try to remember phone numbers
with their associated area codes, but rather keep lists or use directory
information services. With a domain name and the internet, people can
remember names as long as there are not too many TLDs added on to those
names. There are already too many TLDs added to the names (SLDs) for easy
human use and memory. To add more TLDs will only make this situation worse.
Furthermore, with telephone numbers and area codes, one knows that the area
code refers to a specific country, and area of a county. No such information
can be derived from and of the gTLDs or many (and, I might add, an ever
increasing number) of the ccTLDs. Thus without the associated place, which
is what allows humans to sometimes remember area codes, (because they
remember the physical location of the phone), it is much more difficult for
a human to remember an often meaningless gTLD or ccTLD, along with the
domain name itself. To have to choose among 5 or 10 or more domain names
which are exactly the same, with the exception of the TLDs at the end of the
name is extremely difficult for the human memory and leads to confusion. To
have to do this for any more than are already in existence - well, most
people won't be able to do it at all, and vast confusion will set in. We
need to REDUCE the number of TLDs NOT increase it.
In response to:
If your basic premise were indeed true, then the telephone numbering
systems in use around the world would have fallen apart a long time ago.
Your thesis conveniently forgets that a domain name consists of two
important parts - the TLD and the SLD. The existence of multiple TLDs does
not lead to a fractured Internet - it simply means that we have more area
codes to work with.
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