[sword-devel] God's Word translation; domain names

Michael Paul Johnson sword-devel@crosswire.org
Thu, 10 Feb 2000 15:22:06 -0700

At 05:24 2/11/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>Michael Paul Johnson wrote:
> > ...
> > Troy, do you think it would be nice to have a domain name for the Sword
> > Project like "http://sword.cx" (.cx is for Christmas Island)? If so, surf
> > on over to http://register.com and make it so.
> > ...
>Great idea - how to wreck the world-wide DNS in one easy step: allow
>commercialization of all the root level domains so that Turkmenistan, Norfolk
>Island, and the Federal States of Micronesia can all bid for the honour of
>hosting your domain so that a newcomer who has never seen the Internet has no
>chance of working out where your site is inside a week, and _never_ has any
>chance of understanding how the DNS is structured.
>Sorry, but i work with DNS all day and i just hate seeing the Internet wrecked
>like this.

I'm not making the rules or changing them. I'm just reporting reality. The 
fact of the matter is that the country extensions don't mean much, and that 
the demand for "good" domain names exceeds the supply in the US TLDs. 
People usually don't find sites by guessing names (although that works in 
many cases), but by using a search engine or seeing it in an ad, email, 
news posting, or link from another site. Easy to memorize names have an 
advantage. If you want to find the World English Bible, I bet you can guess 
a URL to get to within 3 or four clicks of it within 3 tries (probably 
better than that). If you want to find "The Sword Project" by guessing 
URLs, you will probably give up and use a search engine before you find it. 
Registering sword.cx probably won't help that, but it may be easier to 
remember once seen. Hey, if you don't like it, let someone else have the name.


Michael Paul Johnson