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Username: cbloodworth
Date/Time: Sat, March 17, 2001 at 6:47 PM GMT
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Subject: Proposed form letter


Here is my attempt at writing a nice simple form letter that everybody could use.

Maybe if we can make it easy enough to complain, somebody besides myself and a couple of others will actually do something outside this forum!

Feel free to criticize this form letter, as long as you also post an improved version....[grin]  Just be sure and send the form letter out to people, groups, organizations, etc. etc! rather than just in here.


I would like to inform you of a rather unusual aspect of the ICANN - Verisign agreement that is currently being discussed.

The proposed agreement would force most .ORG owners to give up their domains.  This includes individuals, families, open-source projects, small 'help' sites and many others.  Anybody who isn't officially a non-profit organization registered with the I.R.S (or appropriate agency with other countries.)

The idea seems to be to force .ORG 'back' to its 'non-profit only' status.  Unfortunately, there are several things wrong with that.

1) .ORG was *never* intended solely for registered non-profit organizations.  It was intended for miscellaneous items that did not fit into .COM or .NET  Way back then, it was generally expected they would be organizations because it was hard to believe that any individual would ever want a domain.  None the less, it was still intended for *anything* that didn't fit into .COM or .NET

2) Out of sheer necessity, .ORG has been distributed to individuals, groups, etc. for many years.  There simply aren't enough .COM and .NET domains for the entire world.

3) .COM and .NET are not being forced to only commercial and ISP sites, so why .ORG?  It is worth pointing out that .ORG is the TLD that VeriSign is losing control of.

4) It is way, way too late to change .ORG now.  .ORG has been in use for years for open-source, family web sites, personal web sites, misc. help sites, etc.  If ICANN wishes a TLD for genuine registered non-profit organizations, then we propose .NPO for them.

What are individuals supposed to do?  Crawl under a rock and pretend we don't exist? If it wasn't for .ORG we (and many others) wouldn't even have a place on the web.

ICANN has suggested that there will be an 'appropriate' transition period.  Meaning you get to register your domain for one more year and after that, you wont be allowed to again.  Meaning you are still forced to give up your domain.  A domain you registered with the intention of keeping it for life.  A small place on the turbulent web you could call 'home'.

ICANN is planning on introducing new TLDs, of course.  Unfortunately, most of them are restricted TLDs.  Only .name and .info would be available to individuals, open source projects, or small 'help' sites.  And it's doubtful those TLDs will ever be popular.  Probably no more popular than the 'alternative TLDs' that have been proposed recently by other companies, such as

If ICANN had done this 5+ years ago, and given us a dozen new TLDs to use, then it wouldn't be so bad.  But instead, they deliberately delayed the new TLDs, fighting it every step of the way.  Two TLDs (.com and .net) are not enough for an entire world.  There was no choice but for people to start registering .ORG for their own (non profit) purpose.

For those of us in the U.S., we can't even register a useful .US domain, like most countries allow.  Instead, all we are allowed to get is a geographically organized .us domain, such as  A fourth level TLD like that is worthless for almost everybody.  It's barely usable for local governments.  It was organized that way to provide more domains, but it's actually had the effect that everybody avoids it completely.

For U.S. citizens, only .COM, .NET and .ORG were available.  Since we weren't companies or ISPs, neither .com nor .net were appropriate.

For some reason, ICANN is *not* publicizing this point.  They are not notifying .ORG owners they are in danger of losing their domain.

Nor is ICANN offering any sort of compensation.  Not a free alternative domain of your choice (which, of course, is still unuacceptable.)  Not even a free lifetime registration of our current .ORG domains (so we could be guaranteed of being 'grandfathered' in).  Nothing.

Here is the link to the sole news article that any news site bothered to write:

Here is the link to ICANN's own forum:

ICANN's forum has been fairly vocal about the problem, but unfortunately nobody outside of there is noticing.  And ICANN is apparently not listening.  (Nor are they telling us that we've misunderstood!)

The *ONE* message that was posted was in the very beginning and pointed out they would generouslly allow a transition period.

We would like for you to read this email, read the URLs given, and then consider informing your readers and subscribers about this.



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