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Username: vr
Date/Time: Fri, March 2, 2001 at 5:30 PM GMT
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Subject: keep .org for general not-for-profit use


                I registered a .org domain,, as a permanent maildrop and Web location for myself and a few friends. At the moment, there are two people using this domain. It is in no sense a commercial operation. I could probably arrange non-profit organization status, or formally transfer the domain to an existing non-profit group. This would accomplish nothing except to increase the amount of paper on file somewhere.

I got spam email last week, urging me to "protect" my non-existent business by registering the .org and .net domains that matched my also-nonexistent .com domain. That's where the problem lies: not with the fact that I don't have the paperwork to be a 501(c)3 corporation, but with companies grabbing extra domains they're not entitled to.

I hold An ISP is There's a note on my main Web page pointing to them, for anyone who has come to my domain in error. This is all that's needed, where confusion exists, which isn't very often.

My suggestion would be to require anyone who holds to prove that they should be allowed to register the matching .org domain. "People might get confused" isn't justification: those who play guess-the-URL will start with .com anyhow.

Leave the other .org domains alone. Revoking them would be disruptive, and accomplish no worthwhile purpose.


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