[ih] Funny how things work out
dhc at dcrocker.net
Mon Feb 1 10:58:17 PST 2021
On 2/1/2021 10:30 AM, Jack Haverty via Internet-history wrote:
> Fast forward to today, and I no longer have a clue what name to use to
> find what I want online, and the proliferation of TLDs and explosion of
> names isn't helping.
> I'm wondering if, from the Users' perspective, the DNS mechanisms have
> simply become unusable and irrelevant.
The model you describe is for searching. The DNS doesn't do that. It
does lookup. As already noted, there's a basic difference between being
able to guess a string versus being able to remember a string. There's
also a difference between longer-term vs. shorter-term remembering.
The mnemoics of domain names is useful for shorter-term remembering and
sometimes useful for longer-term remembering. Since it isn't intended
for searching, there shouldn't be any surprise that it's terrible for
that function. Always has been.
> So, as a user, I don't really care any more what the DNS "web address"
> is, whether asiangarden.gv or 19876.weirdname.whatever.something. I
> never remember those, and never type them in anymore.
> That's why I'm wondering if DNS and TLDs and all the name structure is
> worth all the trouble anymore. It's still useful as a level of
> indirection to separate "names" from IP addresses that may change. But
> as a mnemonic for Users, it's devolved over time to become useless. At
> least for me...maybe other Users too?
> I wonder when the "brand defenders" will realize this...funny how things
> work out.
What you describe has always been true. The problem has been the
re-application of long-standin (pre-digital) brand protection models to
this very different world.
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