Re: [DNSOP] Comments on draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-05

Federico Santandrea <> Mon, 10 October 2016 05:59 UTC

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From: Federico Santandrea <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:59:15 +0200
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Subject: Re: [DNSOP] Comments on draft-ietf-dnsop-alt-tld-05
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Il 9 ottobre 2016 19:36:34 CEST, John Levine <> ha scritto:
>There is absolutely no standardization or commonality in the protocol
>switches that people use for non-DNS names.  For .local it's in
>library routines like gethostbyname() that map names to IP addresses,
>for .onion it's in a SOCKS proxy that opens a connection to a remote
>host and for those of us old enough to remember .uucp and .bitnet, it
>was in a switch table in the mail configuration that determined what
>program to call to do the next hop.  It's not much use providing an IP
>address lookup handler for something that doesn't use IP addresses.

Right. In the light of that the only useful feature would be the first
part of 1 - which is already in the draft. I should have known

>I hate to bring this up, but we might want to reconsider whether .alt
>is still the best name for this hack.  For us old nerds, .alt reminds
>us of usenet and uucp of yore, but in American politics it's some
>unpleasant fringe groups with which I would not want to be associated
>even a little bit.  Keeping in mind that we want to encourage people
>to use .alt, I'd rather find something with no political (or other)

This I tend to agree with, didn't bring up the issue in my message
because it wouldn't add to my point and would make for less