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The XXX domain

  1. Jun 4, 2005 #1
    I don't know why there is such hatred against the approval of the dot-xxx domain. Personally I think that it is a great idea because the whole idea of domains is to categorize websites, right? Getting all adult content on this domain is another challenge but it's a good call.
     
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  3. Jun 4, 2005 #2

    Because its percieved as making the whole world change its information structure just because the people and government of the US are a bunch of prudes who can't handly anything past PG-13.
     
  4. Jun 4, 2005 #3
    lol....

    agreed, still think its a good idea, if we can have .gov and .edu and .tv even then why not .xxx then isp could filter out info for us so we arent subjected to anything 'non-prudish' ;-)
     
  5. Jun 5, 2005 #4

    Or you could just learn to not click on such things, instead of shoving the responsibility onto others because you're too lazy to do it yourself.
     
  6. Jun 5, 2005 #5
    true... because 'not clicking on things' is very demanding... I wonder what the learning curve on that one would be!

    The top level domain structure has been evolving for ages, its not a new thing...

    nt..
    netural
     
  7. Jun 5, 2005 #6
    Quite high apparently, given the propagation rate of some AIM viruses

    I'm not against the top level domain structure changing. I'm against it changing solely to satisfy American politicians with backwards and irresponisble constituencies.
     
  8. Jun 5, 2005 #7
    I've read about this issue a year or so ago. The United States Internet Crime Task Force (USICT) has a petition online for the approval of .xxx domains: http://www.usict.org/petition.asp
     
  9. Jun 5, 2005 #8
    I hate censorship, but I really do not see much of a problem with this. It makes it easier for people who do want to censor porn to do it. Then again with all these christian/conservative groups in the US, Franz may have a point. They could stop me from viewing my porn, in which case it would be a horrendous idea, and I would probably move to another country. They can go to war with other countries, and do a lot of other bs, but porn is where I draw the line :tongue2:
     
  10. Jun 5, 2005 #9

    Porn isn't the issue. Its the free flow information. I'm against anything that is done solely to limit access to information. I don't so much have a problem with a simpler protocol for blocking porn sites from being accessed (this way even the inept programmers of AOL and MS might be able to get it right). But I am thoroughly against changing the domain structure purely to limit access to information. Its a precedent I don't like, information access should be free without restriction.

    Now, inidividual users blocking this domain off I have no problem with. But the possiblity that entire ISPs might block off a whole domain for any reason is unacceptable to me.
     
  11. Jun 5, 2005 #10
    It's not just not-clicking on porn links, sometimes you are trying to type in a descent website and probably just misspelled the address and what could you get? porn. Atleast if the domain is xxx then it would be highly unlikely for you to accidentally come across porn.

    By the way, I have no problem with porn.
     
  12. Jun 5, 2005 #11
    I agree with franznietzsche. It should be up to the indivudual to block content they don't want accessed from their computer. I do have a question though. If porn sites are forced to move to a .xxx, who would make the money from those millions and millions of new registrations? Either way, tinkering with the free flow of information is an extremely dangerous thing to do. First it's porn, next it's other obscene and offensive material (as subjective as that can be).
     
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  13. Jun 6, 2005 #12
    I hear about this, but it has never happened to me. And I'm on the internet at least 30 hours a week, usually more (I don't sleep much).

    So? If there were no cars on the road it'd be a lot harder for me to get hit by one crossing the street (false analogy I know, but the point is the same). Just because there is some benefit to something does not mean it should be done. Preventing 'accidental' viewing is not a worthwhile benefit.

    A lot of people do.
     
  14. Jun 6, 2005 #13
    Your analogy is good but the fact is that, this is just a matter of probability. If there were no cars on the road the probability of you getting hit by a car would be 0 (cuz there are no cars). If all adult material is moved to .xxx the probability of someone accidentally coming across porn is reduce to about 0.1.

    If I accidentally type in a porn site it doesn't affect me, but I'm sure if it happens to someone who is at an internet cafe, etc. it could get them kicked out.

    I thought the purpose of domain extensions was to categorize domain names, if this is not the case then there should just be one (.com).
     
  15. Jun 6, 2005 #14
    There are other reason: delagtion and the ability to extend the name space..

    franznietzsche does have a good point tho, it could be the first step to forced internet censorship, which is a BAD idea...

    Anyway, most pron sites wont move... And if the US will enforce pron sites to use .xxx they will move to servers not in the US... Hopfully, the powers to be relise that censorship on the net isnt acceptable... And wont be accepted by the millions of geeks out there who will find ways round it ;-)
     
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