Take a look at
That meeting was fun :-) While you're at it, go back to /hostmaster/ and
take a look at the "IEDR Symposium - 22nd July 1998" notes too.
> Oh and I see politicians get in fine, as do corporates, trade marks, state
> agencies and publications. I see schools get shafted because there are so
> many with the same name and noone has thought of breaking the namespace in
> .ie down by geographic location or anything else sensible. How many domain
> names like stmaryscork.ie, stmarysgalway.ie etc are we going to have before
> people cop on that perhaps this ISN'T a good way to solve the problem?
Breaking it down geographically was thought of. Myself + my boss made a
(late, we thought of it the deadline but sent it anyway) submission to the
working group last year suggesting this. It's in the "Submissions Received"
IEDR took the idea of subdomains, ran with it, and slotted it into their
proposal for new policies. The reaction of the forum was very cool - a few
were very for it, like meself - a good few very against. No consensus was
reached, and the subdomains were left out of the policy.
A pity, methinks, because the IEDR's proposal was one that **worked**.
Personally, I think arbitrary generic subdomains are a terrible idea -
it sure as hell didn't work for .com - you always get one catch all domain
that everyone goes for. But this one made an effort to avoid that happening
and I think it might have been enough, with maybe some tweaking, to allow
an arbitrarily flexible registration policy.
I'd love to be able to register davew.ie, or even davewilson.ie - but in
a climate where users consider extra subdomains to be unacceptable, I can't
think of a policy to allow it that *wouldn't* lead to a stampeding free for
all. I suppose I'll just settle for davew.people.starflung.com :-)
(Opinions are mine and not necessarily those of my employer)
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