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    Re: .COM for non-commercial
    by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Tuesday June 04 2002, @11:06PM (#6830)
    User #3359 Info | http://www.ad2000d.co.uk/
    .COM has been and is registered by all sorts of people for all sorts of purposes for many years now - it is a very long time since it has been designated for either just "COMpany(ies)", "COMmercial organisation(s)" or "COMmerce."

    ?

    Indeed, I genuinely don't even know what .COM really stands for, I've just realised! Seriously. That's a tad embarassing, but no-one knows it all and there is so much to learn about on the Net.

    I do know it was ORIGINALLY intended only for US Companies, but that was DECADES ago in the Last Millennium!!

    In answer to your question...

    .COM is still the most findable domain name on the internet and continues to rank your site higher in most search engines.

    That is PRIMARILY why I previously referred (OVER TWO YEARS AGO) "AIM5.COM", for non-commercial consumer, non-profit making sites, etc.

    .COM is also the most famous, reputable, valuable and establish domain on the Net.

    However, I know prefer .INFO and .NAME, and also still appreciate the virtues of .ORG and - to a lesser extent - .NET; I also think .TV is great, but sadly it has been allowed to be hijacked by a cybersquatting commercial company and is now an effective Top Level non-country specific domain and will clearly compete with .COM for Interactive TV applications and programmes.
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    Re: .COM for non-commercial by ANNODOMINI2000
    Re: .COM for non-commercial
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Wednesday June 05 2002, @01:51AM (#6841)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    From RFC 1591:

    World Wide Generic Domains:

    COM - This domain is intended for commercial entities, that is companies. This domain has grown very large and there is concern about the administrative load and system performance if the current growth pattern is continued. Consideration is being taken to subdivide the COM domain and only allow future commercial registrations in the subdomains.

    EDU - This domain was originally intended for all educational institutions. Many Universities, colleges, schools, educational service organizations, and educational consortia have registered here. More recently a decision has been taken to limit further registrations to 4 year colleges and universities. Schools and 2-year colleges will be registered in the country domains (see US Domain, especially K12 and CC, below).

    NET - This domain is intended to hold only the computers of network providers, that is the NIC and NOC computers, the
    administrative computers, and the network node computers. The customers of the network provider would have domain names of their own (not in the NET TLD).

    ORG - This domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for organizations that didn't fit anywhere else. Some non- government organizations may fit here.

    INT - This domain is for organizations established by international treaties, or international databases.

    United States Only Generic Domains:

    GOV - This domain was originally intended for any kind of government office or agency. More recently a decision was taken to register only agencies of the US Federal government in this domain. State and local agencies are registered in the country domains (see US Domain, below).

    MIL - This domain is used by the US military.

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