[sword-devel] Re: DNS

Michael Paul Johnson sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 22 Feb 2000 08:36:36 -0700

At 21:26 2/22/2000 +1000, you wrote:
>Daniel Glassey wrote:
> > Is there any harm in having an extra domain name if its free?
>Yes, if it is confusing and doesn't add any extra value.  (Which it certainly
>doesn't for Bibletime, given they've already got a very similar domain 
>name, and i
>would argue doesn't really for CrossWire, either.)

It isn't confusing to most people, and it adds value as far as I'm 
concerned. It may offend your traditional sense of net history, but face 
it: the DNS conventions are changing rapidly and not many people care much 
about the original design. They just want memorable names. I don't think it 
will be much longer before some other changes will open up new TLDs that 
aren't country-based (like .shop, .web, etc.) into the mainstream. Even 
now, .md is more for medical doctors than the country it was allocated for.

More to the point, an extra domain name can add value when traffic picks up 
as Sword improves, in that the extra domain can be pointed to a separate 
mirror machine to spread the traffic out. Of course, that can be done with 
just crosswire.org, too, in that you can assign third level domains (i. e. 

Either way, it doesn't matter much to me, but with free domains to open 
source projects, the offer is hard to pass up. As for me, I've already 
registered two .cx domains.


Michael Paul Johnson