Re: [Doh] [Ext] Re: Use cases and URLs

Paul Hoffman <paul.hoffman@icann.org> Wed, 07 March 2018 21:30 UTC

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On Mar 7, 2018, at 1:41 AM, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>; wrote:
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> Is making it super-easy for non-technical end users to configure a new DNS server a feature or a bug?

It has been considered a feature for as long as there has been an Internet. That is, every operating system allows users to do this in the operating system. Why should browsers be different?

The question is parallel to "Is making it super-easy for non-technical end users to configure a new search engine a feature or a bug?". Some parties feel that it is a bug because users will pick a new, crappy search engine based on bad advice. Some parties feel that it is a feature because some search engines have better privacy policies than others, or have better ways of providing results, and so on.

--Paul Hoffman