We eventually settled (and I use that word loosely) on six new gTLDs:
- .mov - Movies: film domains are either counterintuitive and silly, or waste .com space that could be used for more useful things.
- .per - Personal: also suggested were ".my" and ".ind", for people's pages. Unlike ".name", you would not be required to use your birth name
- .lib - Software: strictly for distribution of software
- .kid - Kids: material suitable for children
- .xxx - pr0n: pornography
- .etc - et cetera: a random home for 'extra stuff' that isn't easily classified elsewhere (or that just wants to be here)
- .??? - There were a few suggestions for a seventh, but by the time we got there, other arguments (detailed below) were going too strongly to leave room for discussion. Some mentioned were ".nic" for Internet governing bodies, ".med" for providers of medical information, ".sux", ".inoshiroinmypants", ".aol", and my favorite, ".squat"
We also seemed to all agree that ".net", ".org", and ".com" should have been more strictly enforced. The main debated topics were the righteousness of ".kid" and ".xxx", and the very worth of ICANN's current domain system as it stands.
goatse.XXX and Other Fine Literature
The basic debate over .xxx and .kids is simple: who regulates it? If pornographers are forced into .xxx, then someone is deciding what pornography is, and can decide that Mapplethorpe is porn or that goatse.cx is not porn. Further, this hypothetical council of fools can decide that while Barney is good for kids, so is The Demonbuster. Or, more likely, that Pokémon is not.
My solution: Let the gTLDs have a charter and let ICANN enforce it without making it subject to national laws. The last thing we need is some parent suing ICANN for making Pokémon available to kids.
ICANN: Fear the Reaper
There were also those of us who thought that the entire ICANN system is Broken considering the size of the modern internet. The current Big Three (.com .net .org) were enough for most sites way back in the early nineties, but things are different, and ICANN has demonstrated that it doesn't know how to change.
I've said before that I like bigendian (@us.gov.whitehouse) domains, but I'll only mention it here and not dwell. The bigger option (which I also support) is two-tiered (or arbitrarily multi-tiered) domains. Microsoft might be in "sware.com", Boeing in "aero.com", kuro5hin in "chat.org". This leaves the possibility of a "*.legacy" TLD used to transition from the old to the new system of domain names. Some crazy foreigners even suggest (and perhaps rightly) that all TLDs should be cTLDs. "amazon.co.us", anyone?
I think that these new gTLD choices show more than anything else has that ICANN is really dain bramaged. Of course, I might (ha!) be wrong. Better choices? ".xxx" ?== The_Devil? I'm eager to hear opinions from Beyond The Channel.