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RE: Root zone change --

  • From: rdobbins
  • Date: Tue Sep 19 23:16:01 2000

Well, this is the *North American* list, after all.

Nobody's 'falling' for anything.  It's just that since they seem to be
willing to actually -tell- us about something before they do it, we ought to
encourage that trend, even though it's a good decade or more late in coming.

The .com and .net domains are certainly where the most money gets spent
online, I should think.  It may not be politically-correct to say so, but
those are the domains that still matter the most to the vast majority of
users and vendors.  Last time I checked, it was dedicated people at .com and
.net and .org domains - people like yourself - who've done the lion's share
of both the technical and organizational work which makes the whole thing

This is changing, of course, but excepting Tim Berners-Lee and a few others,
I think it still holds true today.

It'll be interesting to see what comes of the whole .us discussions
currently being held.  

Roland Dobbins <[email protected]> // 818.535.5024 voice

-----Original Message-----
From: Randy Bush [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2000 7:57 PM
To: [email protected]
Cc: [email protected]
Subject: RE: Root zone change --

[ not disagreeing greg, just using your post as a soapbox ]

> Just because once upon a time the root nameservers and the most common
> Top-Level-Domain nameservers were one in the same doesn't mean you can
> freely refer to the TLD servers as "root" servers!
                  \\\ a handful out of hundreds of

should iana post to this list every time they change servers for TZ, KE,
UG, CA, MX, ...?  it would be easy to do if people are really interested in
this stuff at that level of detail.  it is quite likely that french
operators care a lot more about FR than COM.  and remember that canada,
mexico, and other places think that they're part of north america.  though
i suspect they may wistfully regret having a bully in the neighborhood.
and let's not forget to cover servers for the extremely popular sites,
e.g.,, ...

it is amusing that members of this list, who so often spend inordinate
amounts of time railing against nsi, fall so simply for their "we have the
most important zones" marketing.  then again, i am repeatedly told by my
european, alyc, african, ap, ... friends that the whole domain name noise
is an american problem/disease and we should shut up and use the US tld.
interesting that nsi could be on the grab for that one too.