Predictions

by Mike Masnick




And What Happens After .xxx?

from the herding-the-other-porn-sites-into-the-porn-district? dept

Now that ICANN is considering another bunch of top level domains, the questions and concerns over the ".xxx" domain are on the way back. Last time, when ICANN approved other TLDs like .biz and .info, .xxx just barely missed making the cut. It actually sparked some outrage from certain politicians who favored the domain as a way to give porn sites an address that can easily be blocked. Now, Declan McCullough is looking at the .xxx proposal and potential political problems it may cause. The guy pushing to run .xxx believes (probably accurately) that he'll make a tremendous amount of money doing so. However, one thing he doesn't want to do is to force all porn sites to use a .xxx domain. Even thought it could make him wealthier, he is actively speaking out against anyone who suggests that idea. Some politicians, though, are drooling over the opportunity to cordon off all porn sites into an .xxx area. While I also think the domain should be approved, and that it would be beneficial for most porn sites to use that TLD (knowing that any visitors actually are interested in porn, rather than tricking people into visiting your site - and pissing off those who don't want to view porn), forcing porn sites into using .xxx would be a very bad move. Already, almost no two people can agree on what exactly "porn" is. This has always been a problem on the internet - and many online filtering/blocking companies have already run into problems for blocking sites on safe sex or breast cancer for being "porn" sites. Who determines whether or not these sites need to move to .xxx? It's a subjective thing, and that's where forcing sites into a certain area becomes very difficult to manage.

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    Jeremiah, 22 Mar 2004 @ 12:00pm

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    The poor indexing of the internet in general has been a pet peeve of mine for years. New.net made strides a couple of years ago when they started offering the .xxx domain (with others like .golf, .mp3, etc) which seemed to make a lot more intuitive sense for me as far as URLs go. Most people, however, couldn't wrap their heads around any TLD other than .com.

    Anyway, to stay on-topic here, I think the .xxx TLD is a great idea, and any website wishing to offer adult content should be required to move to the Internet's red-light district.

    I firmly believe the benefits to this idea far outweigh the cost of migrating all those sites to .xxx and the momentary confusion that will inevitably result.

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