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Re: Addressing the name speculation problem

From: Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 09:28:21 -0500
To: "Weibel,Stu" <weibel@oclc.org>
Cc: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, uri@w3.org
Message-Id: <1108477701.20527.106.camel@blackdell.neonym.net>

On Tue, 2005-02-15 at 09:06 -0500, Weibel,Stu wrote:
> I think there are probably several possible solutions to the land-grab
> problem, and I'll suggest one or two in this note. Before I do that, I
> want to reinforce the point that solving a potential problem by
> crippling one of the essential technical requirements we want in the URI
> namespace is almost certainly a mistake, and we should avoid it if at
> all possible, and I think it IS possible to avoid it.

I just want to point this out a little more strongly: so far there has
only been one speculation problem on the Internet and the web and that
was with just two or three gTLDs and with the root of the DNS (and the
clamor for that has seemed to disappear once the business models fell
down). There hasn't been any significant evidence that land grabs occur
in any other existing namespace. I would prefer a solution where we
defer implementation of a solution to a mythical speculation problem
when there is some evidence that one might actually exist. 


Michael Mealling <michael@neonym.net>
Received on Tuesday, 15 February 2005 14:28:59 UTC

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