[NA-Discuss] Statement on Pre-Registration: Draft for discussion

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu Jun 16 00:41:18 UTC 2011

>> But there was a larger error in assuming that all NARLO members would be
>> aware of the utility of a TLD for a large global city like New York.

Hi.  I'm from New York, so I don't have to be as polite as my Canadian 

City TLDs were a bad idea in 1996, and they're an even worse idea now. 
Their only transformational effect would be to transform money out of the 
pockets of the suckers who registered in one into the pocket of the 
domain's sponsor.  (Well, if the past decade is any guide, they will also 
transform the sponsor's investment into nothing.)

Many of us have been around the domain world for rather a long time.  For 
example, I registered my first domain (in the city domain cambridge.ma.us) 
about 20 years ago, and my .COM in 1993.  We are not suffering from a lack 
of understanding; we probably understand the way domains work as well as 

This is the wrong place to look for naifs who are foolish enough to 
imagine that that new TLDs are anything other than a speculative money 

John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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