The thought was abandoned as they realised any distributed data bank system relies heavily on the fact that data stays constant most of the time, while on IRC people and channel data is rather volatile.
With the PSYC approach this has changed. Both people and groups of people have received identifications that last over time. Thus suddenly a big heap of the load that IRC suffers from can be moved into a much more efficient system, and why not something as stable and established as the Domain Name Service protocol?
That scheme is brilliant and I simply want to have that, too. *wink*
This will simply provide new users with a server they can start off from. They are free to register on an other server or install their own one. Being the server mentioned by the psyc DNS should *not* be a position of power.
For instance resolving the name "initgame.group.psyc.org" would give you the URL to the group that is currently playing the initials game, an old IRC tradition.
Then again, maybe it's not really necessary and would only turn out as yet another cool thing to have. Anyway, it could be done.
The method then would be "LynX.person.psyc.org" returning my personal URL. MB (mailbox) type RRs could also be provided, as soon as the mail service is capable of using that information, enabling for mail to LynX@person.psyc.org. MB type RRs are still in experimental stage however.
So far I've assumed in PSYC that WWW pages would have to be examined to find the channels that meet your interests. But with the DNS approach it is *also* possible to just type "bsdi" as a name to join and the client will do a DNS resolve request (just as it does for host names) for the name "bsdi.group.psyc.org" and receive the URL to BSDIs internet hotline on the psyc, to name one example.
Isn't that just wonderful?
Notice how the order is inverted. This allows for organizations or countries to take over subdomains of psyc.org to administer their own psyc.org namespace. Can't help loving the thought of it.