In just a few short years the dot-com gold diggers have staked claim to all available surface deposits of short, recognizable English words. Latecomers who want to start a Web site are left to pick through the tailings or pay top dollar to claim jumpers for what once seemed rightfully theirs.
What's needed -- and everyone involved has known this for Internet eons -- is more suffixes. These are the top-level domain names like .com, .org, etc. To that end, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is soliciting proposals for new top-level domains.
And we're here to help. Readers are challenged to submit a new suffix and briefly describe its purpose. You're also welcome to submit a sample that takes advantage of your new top-level domain.
The .con domain is intended to help differentiate the truly egregious from the merely aggressive business innovators.
Send your submissions via e-mail only to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and an accurate e-mail address so we can contact you if you're a winner. By submitting your entry you give Salon Technology permission to publish and reuse it. Deadline for entries is Sept. 8, 2000.
The winning response will receive a copy of Salon Technology senior correspondent Andrew Leonard's book, "Bots: The Origin of New Species."
In two weeks we'll publish a winner and some selected entries -- then start over a couple of weeks after that with a whole new challenge.