[ih] Funny how things work out

Joseph Touch touch at strayalpha.com
Mon Feb 1 15:31:27 PST 2021

> On Feb 1, 2021, at 2:48 PM, John Day via Internet-history <internet-history at elists.isoc.org> wrote:
> As long as we are harping on these sorts of things, I will throw in my pet peeve, not limiting a domain request to something reasonable. For example, there is small grocery in Harvard Square called Cardullos. They have Cardullos.com <http://cardullos.com/>. They are small, they will never be nationwide, let alone worldwide. Why weren’t they asked to take Cardullos.ma.us <http://cardullos.ma.us/>?

Why not Cardullos.cambridge.ma.us <http://cardullos.boston.ci.ma.us/>?

RFC1480 has some history.

One reason is that originally those names were used for government and public entities.

At least one reason is that cambridge.ma.us might not have been delegated at the time Cardullos asked. Or ma.us <http://ma.us/> for that matter.

Then there’s the issue that Cardullos has another store in Boston, so should they also have cardullos.boston.ma.us <http://cardullos.boston.ma.us/>? Or what happens if they open another in Bristol, VT? (And what makes you think they would never be anything but local?)

To answer your original question, “because .com is where companies had DNS names” was the answer for a very long time before there were other domains.


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