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Username: bzbarsky
Date/Time: Thu, March 1, 2001 at 6:48 PM GMT (Thu, March 1, 2001 at 6:48 PM )
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Subject: .org domains


        I would like to make a brief comment about .org domains.  As an
individual trying to register a domain that is associated with me,
what choices do I have?

1)  .com -- I could do this, but I am not a company so this would be
    somewhat strange.  Furthermore, there is a lot of competition from
    companies for .com domains.  If some company has a name similar to
    my last name, I would most likely have to deal with their
    lawyers... something I would like to avoid.
2)  .net -- I'm not a service provider and am in no way associated
    with the Internet infrastructure...
3)  geographical domains of all sorts (including country TLDs).  I
    move around quite a bit....

So of the options currently available, the one most conducive to
individual speech by me is .org.  In fact, the RFC specifies that this
is what .org is to be used for.  If .org is made into a TLD for
non-profit corporations only, I would strongly urge the simultaneous
creation of a TLD for personal websites.


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