ICANN pauses system to decide suffix review order

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Associated Press

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 11:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — The organization in charge of creating additional Internet address suffixes to rival ".com" has suspended the Web-based system it set up to help decide the order in which it will review new address proposals.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers shut the system indefinitely over the weekend after confirming reports of "unexpected results." ICANN says network delays, and the system's response to "differing circumstances" caused problems.

Even before the technical issues emerged, participants had complained that the system was overly complicated. People proposing a new suffix had to specify a target date and time, and then return to the website at that time to hit a "Generate" button as close to the target as possible. Those with the closest matches would get their proposals considered first.

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