I am relatively new to ENS. I did a search of the forum and didn’t see a discussion of this at length, so forgive me if it has been discussed before.
I appreciate what is happening with the
.eth namespace. ENS seems a useful service and I can tell a lot of thought has gone into how to handle
.eth registrations. At the same time I think it would be nice to create space for more experimentation with registration, renewal, and funding models. One way to do this would be to introduce the ability to create new namespaces with custom rules, that are still compatible with the current ENS resolver. For example I could create a
.blockchain namespace that is first come, first served with names that cost 1 DAI each and never have to be renewed. Not saying this specific example is a good idea it is just for illustration.
The question then becomes who can create a new namespace and how. Whatever is decided will be relatively arbitrary, but similar thought could be put into it just as thought was put into name registrations for the
.eth namespace. In Blockstack, a namespace creator has to burn $10,000 worth of BTC. The thought being that it should be seen as an investment to make the namespace successful since it is effectively being taken off the market forever. I’m not too concerned about the exact mechanism for creating new namespaces right now, I just want to acknowledge here that it is an open question.
So all that said, has the idea of adding new namespaces with their own custom registration and renewal policies been discussed before? If so, what was the conclusion? And if not, what do you think about this idea?