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    by KarlAuerbach on Friday July 11 2003, @11:20AM (#11931)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    PIR seems intent on branding .org as a place for non-profits and public interest organizations.

    .org is not supposed to be restricted in any way. But the connotation that is being created that .org is only for the NPR crowd might push other organizations, particularly conservative churches and political groups, etc into thinking that .org is not open to them.
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    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Friday July 11 2003, @12:41PM (#11933)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    Perhaps, Karl.

    But then, isn't that PIR's decision to make? The registry operator brands their product as they see fit. If they alienate conservative churches and political groups, that just creates a market need for .church and .pol, right?

    Or is that .god? Where's Baptista when you need him? :-)


    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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    by dmehus on Friday July 11 2003, @12:50PM (#11934)
    User #3626 Info | http://doug.mehus.info/
    I'm not sure that it is PIR's intention to brand .org as only for non-profit charities and political organizations. Their motto does say, "serving the public interest." That said, it implies to me that anyone is free to register a .org domain name, either a non-profit organization or a personal weblog site. Plus, the globe further emphasizes that .org is unrestricted in that its reach and availability stretches to anyone on planet Earth. So, I have not been disappointed with PIR's performance at all. I've found them to be the least self-serving, compared to NeuStar or VeriSign, and they're pretty open and transparent. They post everything they do on their website, and have numerous contact addresses with which to send comments.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    by Bruce Beckwith on Friday July 11 2003, @01:47PM (#11936)
    User #3777 Info | http://www.pir.org/

    You are absolutely correct - the .org TLD is still not restricted in any fashion. In fact, you will note in the ICANN TLD page that .org is "Unsponsored" (http://www.icann.org/tlds/). It is as possible today, as it was when the prior registry operator was responsible for .org, for anyone to register a domain name in the .org TLD.

    You will also recall in the ICANN RFP for the transition of .org, there was a requirement that there be a responsiveness to the noncommercial Internet user community - specifically Section VII at http://www.icann.org/tlds/org/org-proposal.htm#VII . PIR is proud to have this concept as the main emphasis of our mission statement.

    Bruce Beckwith
    Public Interest Registry
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    • Re:Branding by KarlAuerbach Friday July 11 2003, @04:03PM
      • Re:Branding by Ron_Bennett Friday July 11 2003, @07:09PM
        • Re:Branding by KarlAuerbach Friday July 11 2003, @11:44PM
          • Re:Branding by cambler Sunday July 13 2003, @05:10PM
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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Monday July 14 2003, @09:34PM (#11964)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    If a church or political group, whether conservative, liberal, libertarian, or anything else, is run on a not-for-profit basis, why wouldn't they think .org is for them (unless they've been brainwashed into thinking that .com is all that counts, anyway)?
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