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Re: [Membership] Re: Individual Memberships
On Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 11:08:23AM -0500, Diane Cabell wrote:
> Daniel Kaplan wrote:
> > (....)
> > To me, it does not sound more loony than creating an organization to better
> > manage domain names and IP addresses, and then forgetting who represents
> > the vast majority of users of domain names and IP addresses (ie,
> > organizations).
> > Daniel
> What data do you have for this statement about the user population, Daniel?
> Diane Cabell
Try the following exercise: Go to alta vista, put in a common word
like "dog", and do a search -- just did, got 3,376,184 hits. Now,
just start going down the list, looking at just the domain name part
of each URL. Here's the first 50 or so for "dog":
www.akc.org/bermtn.htm (American Kennel Club)
www.puppynet.com/index.html (puppies for sale or trade)
www.naiaonline.org/resc95gc.html (the NAIA, whatever that is)
www.lucky-dog.com/ (dog race betting)
There are many personal *pages* in this list, but no obvious
personal *domain names*. (If you look at the brief AltaVista
descriptions that go with each page you get a much better idea about
the intended use of the domain...)
I make no claim that this is a scientific sample, or that it proves
anything, but it certainly is suggestive. I urge everyone to
conduct their own mini surveys...
I can also say from my experience in registering domain names for
people that *every single case* of a single individual registering a
domain has been in support of a real or anticipated business.
Now, I certainly know of personal domain names, but in my direct
experience they are a tiny, tiny minority of the cases that one
encounters in practice.
Kent Crispin, PAB Chair "Do good, and you'll be
firstname.lastname@example.org lonesome." -- Mark Twain