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Re: [Membership] DNS: Drawing the Wrong Conclusion
On Wed, Feb 17, 1999 at 06:36:14PM -0500, Joseph LeBaron wrote:
> Kent Crispin wrote:
> <<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.>>
> Comment: Actually, your experience -- and the similar experience of
> others -- proves very little.
I never said it "proved" anything, and I put at least one such
disclaimer in my post somewhere. Indeed, it strikes me as almost
nonsense to even bring up the notion of "proof" in this context, don't
> What you've observed is the impact of price
> on demand.
> It is virtually axiomatic that, if and as the price of domain
> name registration comes down, the number of personal domain name
> registrations will rise, and rise dramatically.
Axiom: something assumed without further substantiation.
The issue is the *ratio* of personal to organizational domain names,
not the absolute increase. There is no clear guidance as to how the
ratio would change. For example: If the price of a domain name went
to near zero one can argue just as well that more *organizations* will
get domain names, and that *organizations* will be more likely than
individuals to get multiple domain names (indeed, some large
corporations already get domain names in *every* TLD -- we can assume
that if the cost went to zero *every* organization would attempt to
get domain names in every TLD.)
I cite this only as an example. We could argue endlessly about which
scenarios are more likely, and I certainly don't want to waste *your*
time in pointless argument.
My point was that in my direct experience commercial/organizational
domain names vastly outnumber "personal" domain names. Period. I
invite everyone else look carefully at their own direct experience,
and draw their own conclusions.