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Stats on May’s deleted blog comments

In the interests of openness, we have compiled statistics for the posts we have deleted from the blog last month, May 2007, broken down according to person and type of comment. We have only listed those who had three or more comments deleted. There was one person with two comments deleted, and seven with just one comment deleted.

The figures do not perfectly represent what appears on the blog as comments that are made to a deleted comment also do not appear on the site, so while the responding comment may have been perfectly reasonable, it will not appear.

In total the site has received 520 comments in May, 30 were automatically removed by spam software, and we have deleted 12, so just over two percent of them. This is a vast improvement on the past two months, where the RegisterFly issue has seen several individuals target the ICANN blog. There was still a lot of anger surrounding RegisterFly, but for the most part posters respected the blog comment policy and so there was less need to remove comments.

The stats are given in tables below:

Deleted comments on blog — May 2007

Type of comment

Above are the deleted comments broken down according to type. These types are outlined in our Comment Policy. We may add or remove types over time as the situation demands.

N.B. We are considering introducing stats for “edited comments” – where the message of a comment is retained but the comment itself edited, usually because someone has copy-pasted text from elsewhere. At the moment, there are relatively few edited comments, but if they grow substantially, they will be included in these monthly stats.


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    Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."