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Username: kamnet
Date/Time: Fri, March 2, 2001 at 5:23 PM GMT
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Subject: Au contrare


Oh so many years ago, there were only a few domains in existance:
  .com - corporate entities only
  .net - companies that handled Internet infrastructure
  .org - non-profit / not-for-profit organizations
  .gov - U.S. federal government
  .mil - U.S. federal military institutions
  .edu - higher education 
  .int - international organizations
  .us  - generic U.S. related sites

The proper place to put your personal Web site was under .us, which is structured as [your-server-name].[city].[state].us.  .org
was NOT intended to be the place to put your personal Web sites. 

.us is THE most underused TLD out there, and I feel that ICANN should push its usage there.  I also agree that .org should return to its status as for non-profit/not-for-profit organizations. Back in 1994 you actually had to send Network Solutions (and previously, the National Science Foundation) proof that you did indeed qualify as a non-profit.  It is unfortunate that Network Solutions decided to drop the requirements in order to maximize their profits. The obvious result is that you now have, for lack of a better word, a clusterfuck. 

But I also agree that the current .orgs should be grandfathered back into the old status.  If ICAAN wanted to make this truly fair, then what they should do is demand proof that you are a non-profit when it is time to renew your domain. If you cannot prove this, then they should offer to re-direct your current .org domain to a new TLD for personal domains (the suggested .per or such would be perfect) for a period of two years, at no additional cost. This would allow people two years to transition over from the now-invalid .org to the valid personal domain of the same name.   In order to ensure that this remains fair and nobody grabs your name, registration for the new personal domain should be restricted to only those who are transitioning from the .org to the new domain. Once ICAAN can verify that 100% of the current owners of .org domains are accredited non-profit/not-for-profit organizations, then they can open up that new domain for open public registration. 



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