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Scotland Decides On Independence: But What About Domain Names

     
3:07 pm on Sep 15, 2014 (gmt 0)

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On Thursday, Scotland goes to vote on independence (yes or no). It's too close to call in advance, but, if it is a yes vote, what domain is Scotland likely to choose. It looks to me as if the options are very limited, and the .scot domain is rather cumbersome.
2:07 pm on Sept 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

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what about.sco ? is that already used by another country?
2:38 pm on Sept 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

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According to ISO 3166-2:GB,

ENG (England)
NIR (Northern Ireland)
SCT (Scotland)
WLS (Wales)

Though, elsewhere, I have seen SCO for Scotland and CYM for Wales.

How about .mac?
11:43 pm on Sept 16, 2014 (gmt 0)

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4:32 pm on Sept 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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.ab for Alba (the name of Scotland in Scots Gaelic). If the vote is for independence, the .SCOT gTLD is going to be one of the luckiest of the new gTLDs because it will take the best part of a year to get the legislative framework and tendering process for the registry contract completed before the Scottish ccTLD can get up and running. The .SCOT gTLD goes into general availability on 23rd September so it has the capability to build a good registration base.

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As Alex Salmond would say..

"It's our .co.uk and we will keep it"

Next he will insist he has the right to retain .eu and has an Nominet union with the rest of the UK.

Seriously, I have no idea. .scot is just another meaningless extension that has popped out of the woodwork in recent times.

I like the .mac suggestion :-)

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12:26 am on Sept 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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They'll probably want .yes or .ex.uk!

Interestingly it will pose a "semantic" argument since as I understand it:

Britain = England + Wales
Great Britain = England + Wales + Scotland
United Kingdom = England + Wales + Scotland + N. Ireland

So the UK -Scotland = arghhh

Quite why I'm posting this here instead of "foo" I have no idea:-)

If I'm wrong about any of the above, apologies in advance.
7:25 am on Sept 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

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HUMOR ALERT!

Sadly disclaimers are required these days...

Don't bitch slap me, please.

Can't help but think .burp would be grand! I do love my brown water with a kick!
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<offtopic>
Britain = England + Wales
Great Britain = England + Wales + Scotland


Nearly. If you speak a little French, and compare Bretagne and Grande Bretagne it becomes immediately clear.

Great(er) Britain = Grande Bretagne = Britannia Major
(Lesser) Britain = Bretagne = Britannia Minor = Brittany (Celtic Region in present-day Northwest France).

The confusion comes where "Britain" (or "British) is used as an alternative name (or adjective) for "United Kingdom".

Today "Britain" is interchangeable with "UK" whereas, historically, "Britain" refers to Brittany.

</offtopic>

I like the .mac suggestion :-)


Thanks, Mack. Actually, you were my inspiration for that one. >;-> We can go halves on the TLD, if you like. >;-P
11:13 am on Sept 19, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Considering the vote it should be .devo.max