India's Plan To Block .xxx Shows The Pointlessness Of Specialized TLDs

from the open-the-whole-thing-up dept

For many years, we've wondered about the wisdom of ICANN slowly doling out totally pointless new top level domains (TLDs) -- like .jobs and .mobi -- that seemed much more focused on getting companies to pay up for domains they didn't need, rather than serving any useful purpose. With the recent approval of .xxx, the same thing is happening. Various porn companies feel the need to buy up .xxx domain names, even though they already have domains they're happy with. And making things even worse is that various countries, with India taking the lead, have declared plans to block all access to the .xxx domain anyway.

Of course, this is kind of silly. It's as if they're pretending that porn doesn't exist elsewhere on the web. But, the other silly thing this highlights is the idea of slowly rolling out specialized TLDs. For years, we've been asking why ICANN doesn't just do away with specialized TLDs and let anyone register anything.anyTLD. It really would not be that difficult to set up a system to allow that, and then you get away from this idea of having to set up all these expensive special TLDs. It also makes it silly for any country to target a specific TLD to block. But, of course, it won't happen, because it doesn't involve the companies wishing to be registrars of these new TLDs getting tons of cash.
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    John Doe, 30 Mar 2011 @ 4:11am

    The .com & .org are the main two TLDs

    There are a bunch of TLDs but it seems the .com and .org are the main two. And with the internet land grab about over, it is nearly impossible to get a .com even with using 3 words together. You pretty much have to make up a word like Google did.

    I like the idea of anyone using their own TLD as that would get people away from just using .com names and would allow more creative, memorable and descriptive domain names. The only downside I see to that idea is someone would claim ownership of whatever word they used after the dot and try to sue everyone else who uses it.

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