[At-Large] Impressions from the Whois-Review

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu Feb 3 01:01:30 UTC 2011

> I do not accept the "vanity" distinction.

It's not about you, or what you'd like to accept.

Really, we understand that you want to register personal vanity domains, 
you want to have your personal information obscured, and you want someone 
else to pay for the costs of all that.  Maybe this position seemed to make 
sense in 1996, but it's absurd nostalgia now.  The vast majority of 
individual Internet users, like 99.999%, do fine without their own second 
level domain.

There's nothing wrong with having your own domain (I have a bunch of them) 
but it is not ICANN's job to solve your problem if you want the terms to 
be different from what everyone else gets.

I used to have a T1 phone line to my house.  Since the vast majority of T1 
users are businesses, the only price available is the expensive business 
rate.  I did not spend a lot of time complaining about how outrageous it 
was that I had to pay the same price and take the same terms as IBM, even 
though I was not a business.  Deal with it.

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