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    New gTLDs .Museum sites go live
    posted by michael on Friday November 30 2001, @02:31AM

    dtobias writes "Several sites in .museum have now gone live: you can check out met.art.museum, stockholm.music.museum, and minnesota.science.museum, for instance. You can navigate the hierarchical structure of this TLD via index.museum, or go directly to an index page for a particular second level domain by going to that domain, e.g., art.museum.

    Since the .museum TLD is still in its experimental phase, these domains haven't been delegated to their registrants yet, but resolve as CNAME records in the TLD root, pointing at the other domains each site already has. Thus, .museum addresses can currently only be used as additional addresses for sites that already have some other domain. MX records haven't yet been set up, so email to these domains won't yet work."

    An open discussion forum has been up for a long time at the .museum official site to discuss issues relating to that TLD, and the .museum administrator is a regular participant there and responds to questions and comments. The forum is open to the public (I've participated there even though I'm not connected with any museum), so that apparently makes .museum a cut above .aero in countering the criticism that sponsored TLDs are discussing their policies only behind closed doors within their narrowly defined industries without affording the larger communities affected by the TLD a chance to participate.

    As far as I know, you can't reach the Addams Family through a .museum address, even if their house is a museum...

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    Re: .Museum sites go live
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday November 30 2001, @08:56PM (#3899)
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    Dan was comparing .museum with .aero, a valid comparison, and one in which .aero fares badly (sorry, I just can't resist .aero puns). Comparing it to alt root message boards (and I know new.net isn't a true alt root and IOD says it isn't) is comparing apples to oranges, not least because the users on the latter forums for the most part are speculators. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's a world away from the museum community which wants to put up actual websites, use email, et cetera, not sell their names. And it's not like new.net or IOD message boards have never been mentioned here, I've done so myself, not always negatively. And are they completely free from censorship, a claim you make against .museum without offering any evidence.

    I've been impressed with how .museum has been operating so far. ICANN needs at least one success out of seven. I think their index pages are a good idea. Alas, it seems sex.museum didn't make the cut, so we may never see podunk.sex.museum. -g

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