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Another way to look at it - is there a downside to locking in the current price for 10 years? It doesn't _seem_ if Ethos do end up with it that the prices will go anywhere but up.

I renewed my .org for 10 years.

After 10 more years of using it you're going to be even more locked in.

That's assuming they don't use the time to transition to another domain gradually.

You are supporting a broken system. Chances are it won't get fixed. The better option may be to support a new, decentralized name system instead.

I'm hoping this incident will provide new energy to these efforts.

The whole reason people are upset about this deal is because it's not possible to just "switch" to an alternative name system without breaking the whole internet. What you're suggesting is unrealistic.

Is it? All it takes initially is support by the browser makers.

Endorsement by browser makers is not enough, because browsers are far from the only software that uses the internet. We would need to rewrite every single one of these software to successfully make the transition. In an ideal world where legacy software don't exist and people would rewrite their software to adjust to new standards overnight, yes it might work but that's just not the way things are. Worse, things would break badly when we have different software using conflicting naming systems. I'm pretty sure nobody would want to spend time debugging that kind of mess.

Now, even if browser support is all we need (it's not), how can we possibly explain this to users? Many, many links, bookmarks, and URLs would break along the way, causing confusion and harm.

The option you're talking about isn't available.

In the meantime those of us with an .org domain have to look after ourselves. I have an .org domain since 2008 and my whole online identity is tied to it. In other words I'm a stakeholder.

Are you suggesting that I should give it up and support ... what exactly?

So yes, I'll be renewing for the maximum limit as well.

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