ICANN’s security and stability committee (SSAC) recently issued a report on “dotless” domain names.
These would be where the domain name is the extension – so instead of having $thing.$extension you would find $extension by itself.
As the report (PDF) explains, there are quite a few technical issues with the concept of no domain extension.
Just polling a few users on Twitter last night the responses were quite amusing, with people likening dotless domains to AOL’s keyword service from the 1990s. The confusion element was also mentioned:
@mneylon that’s like on ST:TNG – how does the computer know when the crew are talking *about* it and not *to* it?
— Stewart Curry (@irishstu) August 26, 2012
— Rossa McMahon (@rossamcmahon) August 26, 2012
The report is open for comments until 23rd September
- .Post Is In The Root (internetnews.me)