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Could .org domain be trusted?

What's its importance



5:42 am on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Does .org domain indicate reputed organisation/website or could anyone purchase a .org domain & display false reputation


12:21 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm pretty sure anyone can purchase any available domain.


12:29 pm on May 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many not-for-profit groups use the .org tld as their primary domain. Many for-profit outfits also elect to use the .org extension.

It's no more and no less than an extension that's easily available to the masses.


9:00 pm on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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could anyone purchase a .org domain & display false reputation

Anyone can purchase one, but I don't think it implies someone is displaying a false reputation. Maybe I feel that way personally, because I've always known that's been the case. It wasn't the original intention, but neither was .net domain usage. I don't know what a newbie websurfer might feel.


4:16 pm on May 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just as an example, to show it's not legally restricted: There's now a complete website for the fictional foundation that's supposedly behind all the secrets of "The Island" on Lost - and it's a .org site. Perfect for what they're doing, because the fictional foundation is supposed to be non-profit, but if it were legally restricted the show's producers wouldn't be able to do this (and get away with it, that is - they're not exactly keeping a low profile!).


12:23 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can freely purchase and build whatever you like on .org. Depending upon the backlinks they are more 'trusted' links for sure.


4:14 am on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Might not be a bad idea to build something trustworthy ~ something built with the idea of adding value to the WWW and its users, not primarily focused on adding value to your wallet - IF you are going to employ a .Org as your platform.

It's something I've pondered a great deal as I've philosophically explored what to do with the .Orgs for which I'm registrant. The closest I've come to "how to approach the domain" is to focus on the benefits to others in what you build. At the very least endeavor to stay true to the gist of the TLD's mission.

Organizations can be industry organizations and nothing is quite so commercial - whilst not being purely commercial - as an industry organization. That's a somewhat interesting, but I feel fair discernment, one that has drifted in and out of my thinking whilst laboring to design for the near term and long term.


11:14 am on May 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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<snip> is a dot org.
prime example. its a fake site used as promotion for the tv series lost.

[edited by: engine at 11:53 am (utc) on May 19, 2006]
[edit reason] No specifics, thanks [/edit]


8:28 pm on May 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's too bad .org is not more restricted like .edu is. I believe even legitimate elementary and secondary schools can't get .edu's - only university-level organizations.

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