9 comment periods end tomorrow — but commenting is light.
Nine different open comment subjects at ICANN close tomorrow — and four of them don’t have a single comment.
Despite comment period overload, I’m surprised to see certain communities not getting involved in the process. For example, two of the subjects that don’t have any comments concern Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs). ICANN’s decisions around IDNs will greatly impact those domainers who have invested heavily in IDNs.
I would think that, had I invested a lot of money in IDNs, I’d care if ICANN relaxes the three character requirement for TLDs and what it decides to do with variants. But then again, many IDN investors are still under the false assumption that IDN gTLDs will be fast-tracked ahead of the new gTLD process, or even that they’ll get IDN TLD equivalents of their existing second level domain names for free.
If you’ve never submitted a comment to ICANN, it’s really easy. Just go here to see all of the open comment periods and how to submit your comment.
We aren’t under the false impression that .IDN gtlds will come before new gtlds.
Gomes has already stated it’ll be at least eight months after the new gtld process is approved before we see .IDN at the top level.
Maybe you need to do a little more reading and research before making such statements about IDN owners.
The comment period is bogus. It doesn’t matter what any IDN investors say. ICANN and Verisign will do what they want anyway.
We’ve been holding on to our IDN for 10 years. If we have to wait another year then that’s how it will be. There is nothing we can say in a comment to ICANN that’ll change that.
If you can’t understand what we have gone through then maybe making posts on IDN aren’t for your blog because you are making assumptions for a whole community based upon nothing.
Andrew Allemann says
@ Faceless – When I posted the story about what Gomes said, a number of people thought it was going to happen earlier. In fact, people on IDN blog dissed me when I said there wasn’t going to be a fast track.
I figured this post should have at least one comment.
I know you are reporting on what you read. I don’t fault you for that. There has been a whole community for 5 years at IDNforums.
Some of us thought. Er, most of us thought at most it would be a year or two before IDN go live when we started there. We were wrong. But we all held fast to the belief that IDN or “native languages” would be important to the future of the International Internet. We all still hold that belief. Only the timeline has only changed. What can you expect from ICANN anyways?
We all live and breathe IDN. We all know it’ll happen. We just don’t all agree on when. We know the score. There are many aspects about IDN that need to be fixed. The tlds, email, IDN capable browser use, et cetera. We aren’t blind to this.
We kind of become “protective mothers” when “outsiders” tell us something contrary to our beliefs. Don’t fault all of us for this.
We’ve had to grow thick skin over the years. We’ve been mocked. We’ve been ridiculed. We only want our vision to become reality and it’s taking longer than ANY of us could’ve imagined.
Oh well, another year it is……