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    Top 5 TLD failures

    I read this today and thought I would post it here to see what you guys think.
    http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/10/09/...ld-flops-ever/

    I agreed with most of what was said, but is .info really a failure? It does have over 5 million registrations after all.

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    I don't agree with the list.

    .xxx
    .museum
    .info
    .web
    .aero

    .xxx was never approved and .museum had a known limited client base when it was started.
    .info is a popular domain buy got a bad rep by their free-domain promotion a few years ago that attracted a bad clientele.

    I would put .jobs and .travel on that list. Neither has developed into a profitable venture for their backers.

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    my list:

    .asia
    .me
    .eu
    .mobi

    These are tlds that people actually regged to begin with, but ended up not meaning a darn thing in the long run.
    The domains in your list never had any pull to begin with, except .info, which is still in use.

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    I forgot.... .tel.

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    It's really ashame that .xxx couldn't be approved. Im unaware of pingdoms bias in what it publishes but to me and im sure many others it would make perfect sense to have adult content on .xxx.

    Perhaps the real failure is ICANN itself, perhaps we need more then one oversight organization in the TLD process.

    If we're at the point of being able to crash things into the moon; the free market we have should be able to (if the funds are there) form an organization to handle any TLD as long as it's governed in a responsible manner.

    ICANN is useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woods01 View Post
    If we're at the point of being able to crash things into the moon
    I heard they're going to put a man on the moon!

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    I think there is still future for .mobi and .tel.

    Anyway .asia .eu .museum .pro .me are maybe the worst.

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    About the failure of the .se registry...did anyone else think of "Office Space" and Michael Bolton always forgetting "a decimal point or something"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourtechguy View Post
    About the failure of the .se registry...
    Failure of .se??? What are you on about???

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourtechguy View Post
    About the failure of the .se registry
    SE is a country domain and AFAIK is restricted to Swedish citizens, residents, and businesses.

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    .aero
    .museum
    .asia
    .pro

    not needed
    Closed for winter...

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    Nothing beats

    Nothing beats .name extension.
    Wow. have you ever seen a site using that extension. Dot info rocks (besides the spammers). In Europe its more common.
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    I always liked the idea of .xxx to help aid content filters in more easily blocking "adult" content as appropriate (and perhaps also to minimize false-positives of adult content).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techno View Post
    SE is a country domain and AFAIK is restricted to Swedish citizens, residents, and businesses.
    Were you replying to me or to the person before me?

    I know what .se is - I was questioning the assertion that it's a failure, which it most definitely isn't. You just have to visit Sweden (as I did last week) and see all the .se names plastered around everywhere (on shop signs, buses, advertising posters etc etc)

    I can't think of any ccTLD that's a failure. Some were struggling in the early days because of over-restrictive rules (I remember the days when you had to register with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce before you could get a .nl domain), but now that most of them are freely available they all seem to be in fairly common use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I always liked the idea of .xxx to help aid content filters in more easily blocking "adult" content as appropriate (and perhaps also to minimize false-positives of adult content).

    -mike
    I would also agree with the .xxx but as far a s blocking, i think the moment ISPs start blocking .xxx the extension will die.

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    I want to protect my kids from religion and they all should be moved to the .nutters ccTLD, as for moving adult sites to the .xxx not in your wildest dreams, I have no intention whatsoever to move my sites there and will go to any necessary length to host at any domain I like.

    If you want a filtered internet then go and whitelist, don't blacklist, anyone had the idea to create a .littleones ccTLD for whitelisting yet? Grow up and get ideas.
    Last edited by zobe; 10-15-2009 at 05:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yourtechguy View Post
    About the failure of the .se registry
    Welcome yourtechguy,

    When the article refers to ccTLDs it is in the context of using them for another obvious purpose, like .tv for television. It is actually the ccTTLD for Tuvalu.

    So why did you mention Sweden's ccTLD (.se) as a failure? Has this ccTLD got another use we are not aware of?

    ...did anyone else think of "Office Space" and Michael Bolton always forgetting "a decimal point or something"?
    Is this an attempt at humor, or is there a point you are trying to make?

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    The author of the post really hasn't much of a clue about TLDs or domains outside of .com and his knowledge of that seems rather patchy. Some of the claims in that post about .xxx and .web being failures are obviously wrong because they have not even been launched and hence cannot be failures.

    As to the .se problem, a missing . in the zonefile caused .se to be knocked out for a while.
    http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/10/13/...y-dns-mistake/

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