So Dotcomster you should be in favor of increasing alternatives to .com discussions then ! ...
I use to think like that...but have learned to expand my horizons..
If someone CLICKS on whatever.Info that does NOT send more traffic to the .com ...
The ONLY way the .com gets more traffic is IF your domain is such a hotshot that you are doing radio or TV ads....then peple will get confused and head for the .com
but since MOST traffic comes from search engines or other links..worrying about sending traffic to the .com just dosent hold water anymore... I run a fair amount of .info and .Biz ..the least of my worries is that a .com is siphoning traffic..
Youn are correct in that that line of thought WAS valid 2 years ago..but as the web matures so does it's community...most internet users are considerably more "bright" than they were even 2 years ago.simjply because of the maturation process..
the web is almost old hat..the sophistication level has risen for even the beginner..they now understand it is not just a .com world.. one of our TV stations uses .TV almost exclusively now for example ... http://kmsp.tv
yep..people use to get confused a couple years ago when they started this and most the traffic still went to the .com (which they also owned)..but it's old hat today.. their .Tv gets over 94% of their traffic ..(they did a story on it, I'll see if it is archived)
Dont get me wrong--- .com is still king ....but the castle doors have been opened ...com no longer owns the kindom that is the internet .simply more of a big brother..he gets his due respect but the new kids ARe going to do whatever they please and change the status quo as they exlpore all the possiblities ...and expand the internet from getting stale with just .com ..one thing we never seem to learn is ..
things will change,whether we like it or not
my opinion of course