How long have they been working on revising the top-level hierarchy for
domain names on the Internet, anyway?
Isn't the President consulting on which top-level groupings to add? Why
the slowdown? Why the deliberation? Why no results?
Using the World Wide Web has gotten to be ridiculous very quickly since
it first hit it big. Not only were there the big fiascos when wiseguys
registered corporate domain names while Internic still charged nothing
for them, which meant companies had to bribe people in order to get their
hbo.com and diarrhea.com Web addresses, but there were other complications.
So many companies suffer from an inability to use the varied vocabulary
of the English language, which means there are two dozen companies named
Infinity Corporation or whatever. And all these companies are vying for
the same domain name. So there can be an infinity.com, infinity.org,
infin.com, and so on and so forth.
whitehouse.com does not take you to the U.S.A.'s White House site. But
there's an image of a sexy girl draped all over an American flag.
And how many times have you tried to read The Onion, and end up at that
bland BBS site, onion.com? And aren't you pissed off that your name
is Ben Turner and I already own your domain name?
The Web is straying from what made it so easy to understand: its
system of organization is outdated and needs to be corrected soon. The
answer? Add new top-level domains.
So below I've listed some recommended TLDs and their uses for inclusion
on the World Wide Web -- if the name isn't good, I hope you at least think
the idea deserves more consideration.
First of all, more and more people from countries outside the US are
logging in and using the Web. However, foreign sites have TLDs
usually corresponding to which country they're from, like .ca for
Canada and .au for Australia. In keeping with the spirit of the Web,
and avoiding that Webbish attitude (of which I am guilty myself) of
assuming everyone online is American, I think all sites based
in the US should have a .us TLD to denote the site's location.
Other countries should follow this as well, using a hierarchical level
both for the categorization of the site (corporation, organization, etc.)
followed by the two character country code. Differentiating between
where sites are hosted will mean that an international corporation like
Sony can have a sony.com.us main site and a sony.com.de mirror site in
Perhaps there should be a world code like .wo to denote
certain things which are not based in one country, but instead don't
have a specific home, like products. Who's to say the Philips ISIS
cellphone is only an American product? (okay, it only has American
wireless carriers, but you get the point) Sites in the .WO code should
only be allowed through close inspection, as you know all the bigwigs
like Microsoft and CNN will want to have a .WO site.
.COM is, of course, an old TLD, but its meaning needs to be reemphasized,
as right now, .COM only stands as a general category for anything which
doesn't fit into .EDU, .MIL, .ORG, and .GOV. Hell, benturner.com is an
excellent example. I certainly couldn't register for anything else,
.ORG being the closest, so I chose .COM. This is hardly a rarity.
Anyway, .COM needs to be for companies ONLY. Define it how you will,
I don't care. Bring in the analysts and other equally interesting
people to do that work. But .COM is far too unwieldy and could be
broken up into many smaller parts.
.mil.jp, .gov.se, .org.ru
Keep these TLDs the same. I think they work fine how they are. As for
.ORG, take out the personal collaborative pages.
The Web's needed this one for a very long time. Instead of using programs
like Net Nanny to filter out porn sites, the commercial porn sites could
voluntarily put themselves under the .xxx TLD so that they would be
much easier to filter. Porn sites would most likely be quite open to this,
since they're more interested in staying open at all than losing underage
viewers. Surely, not everyone will go over to this .xxx TLD, particularly
individuals who want to put porn up on the 'Net, but commercial porn
sites should be expected to follow this standard, and if possible, should
not be okay'd to sign up for any other TLD.
I haven't figured this one out yet. How do you take the hundreds of
Victor Ben Turners out there and give them all unique, yet simple
domains? It's not possible, without using some sort of AOL-like number
system (BenTurner50103). I think personal sites, under the .NOM or
nomenclature TLD, should work under the same premise there is now. Either
you have your own directory on an ISP (digiweb.com/~infinity/), or you
have to take what's left in the .NOM TLD. If "BenTurner.nom.us" is taken,
maybe "BenTurner.nom.uk" or "BTurner.nom.us" can be used. But the number
of similar names will definitely screw with the mechanics of this system.
Who decides who gets names first? First come, first serve? That's how
it is right now. I get mail from lots of Ben Turners who thought they'd
look for personal sites named after the author, and I feel bad about having
this domain name when the others can't. I don't really deserve it more
than they do, except that I registered the name first, and I, to my
knowledge, have the most established and well-done web site out of the
Ben Turners, but still. I'd feel better having a domain name unique to
myself. Collaborative sites like The Fray might also go under this
TLD, since they are non-profit and personal, but .ORG would work well
I think there should be a TLD for purely promotional, ephemeral sites that
are relevant only for specific periods of time. Movies and concerts fit
in perfectly. Every movie that comes out now has a web site, like The Fan
or Starship Troopers. But once the movies get out of the theatres, the
sites are pretty much useless. Putting them under .EVE, for event, will
help distinguish them from other sites. Sports events like Wimbledon won't
go under this category, since they are run yearly.
Hell yes. Sports teams, sports news, sports events...all of that should
go under a sports, or .SPO TLD. Sports is a massive part of our society,
and it will only help organize the Web further.
Did you know the final version of Forsaken is out? It's a 3dfx souped-up
Descent and it kicks major ass. I've never seen rooms that look so
realistic -- it makes Quake 2 look bad. The dynamic lighting is
tastefully done and is subtle. The projectiles and missiles look
amazing. Extremely well done. But anyway, a lot of computer games and
video games have their own sites, or at least, they should, if they're
not hosted at the distributing company's site. The gaming industry
is gigantic, especially on the Web, and it really does need its own TLD.
I didn't know what to throw general sites in as. Hobby (.HOB)? Sites
with information on peoples' hobbies or interests in gothic culture,
pottery, or whatever need some general category to be placed in, since
they obviously won't fit in elsewhere. Ideas?
What the Hell is .NET for, anyway? How come some corporations have .NET
domains? Shouldn't .NET only be for Internet Service Providers and
major routers or something? Something strictly Internet-related?
I suppose I could go on and on categorizing different areas of the Web
into separate TLDs, but I'll end it here. You could go on to classify
reference sites like Webster's and Bartlett's as .REF, music-related
bands and lyrics/tabs/etc. sites as .MUS, and so on.
The point is that we lose nothing by adding more TLDs to categorize the
Web. Sure, you'll have to familiarize yourself with all the new
TLDs, but that won't take long. Knowing the difference between .EDU,
.MIL, .COM, et cetera didn't take long, did it? But we can benefit
from categorizing in the same way that GeoCities does -- you know what
sort of neighborhood you're in, based on the TLD. GeoCities is set up
so that different neighborhoods like Athens and CapitolHill correspond
with education and politics, respectively. I think that was a great idea.
The metaphors shouldn't carry on to the Web, but the idea behind a stronger
sense of taxonomy would help everyone out. It would be easier to filter
certain sites, especially the .XXX TLD, and instead of searching ALL
pages on the Web, you could instruct Alta Vista or whatever to only search
in a TLD that pertains to what you're looking for. The possibilities are
Another thing: in order for all of this to work effectively, Internic
and other countries' domain name controllers need to take some
responsibility. They need to make sure that every site is where it should
be and doesn't stray into other categories. The important thing
is that a site must have something to do with the TLD it is under.
Companies and people won't do this on their own -- they'll want to get
domain names for several categories that are related, in order to control
more of what's happening. This can't be allowed.
The Web is awesome. It's immediately at my use, whenever I need it, and
I can do everything from looking for music videos banned in the States (hey,
it's illegal, but it's still pretty cool that you can go online, search
for a video, and pull down a RealVideo version of it to see what the
rest of the modern world is tapping into) to looking up answers to trivial
questions to getting the latest verified news in a sports tournament or
whatever. It's about time we started to streamline this thing to make it
even easier to use, and more organized to use.
Now, all this took me no more than a few hours to write. Why has it taken
a couple years or so for that big panel in the sky to figure out what to
add? Jesus, guys, help us out. We're dying here. Give us some order to
a Web that's far outgrown its limits.