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universal site id #

central service issues a unique ID # to every website.
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Just like ICQ has an ID for every user which is unique, imagine if every website had a unique ID number which you could jump to immediately via any search engine.

Better than URL's since they change. ID's would be registered, so if someone else used your ID, the central body would report violations...

triptych, Mar 27 2000

(?) Uniform Resource Names (URN) http://www.ietf.org...rs/urn-charter.html
Names are better than numbers. They're called URNs. They haven't caught on yet. [egnor, Mar 27 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Cool URIs don't change http://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI
Tim Berners-Lee's rant on the topic. It's not like URLs have to change. ``A cool URI is one which does not change.'' [egnor, Mar 27 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

RealNames http://web.realnames.com/
``Internet Keywords'': another attempt at a central registry for persistent, non-URL Web site identifiers that search engines recognize. Also a failure. [egnor, Mar 27 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

www.HalfBakery.com http://2659320865/
See? It already works [hippo, Mar 27 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Funky URL http://metalab.unc.edu/dbarberi/funky/
This site converts any domain name into a single 32-bit number, as above. [hippo, Mar 27 2000, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Bango http://www.bango.net/
Numbers are better than names, if all you have is a keypad. Here's yet another central registry trying to cash in on that. [jutta, Mar 27 2000]


       The 32bit int trick only works on some DNS resolvers. Unfortunately, the Mac suffers from an inability to resolve those.
tomierna, Mar 28 2000

       this is what ip addresses are.
urbanmatador, May 14 2000

       Real kids don't say "Please"
pashute, May 13 2009

       I see the value in owning IDs: unlike domains that get lost because of not paying fees, these IDs would be virtually free forever. The question is still the cost: supporting current DNS system comes at a cost, and having an index of IDs would also come at a cost of reliably storing that list...
Mindey, May 28 2021

       //The question is still the cost//   

       The question is liberty.
Voice, May 28 2021


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