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.Net.au "sunset" proposal

Discussion in 'Domain News' started by snoopy, Jan 25, 2018.

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Is auDA about to replace one bad extension with another?

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  1. snoopy

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    Finally common sense seems to be prevailing, after years of wasted effort promoting this confusing, rubbish tld. That effort could have gone into promoting the clear winner, .com.au.

    "The Panel is inviting stakeholder feedback on closing the .net.au namespace to new registrations, especially given the opening of the .au domain namespace."

    https://auda.org.au/assets/Policies/PRP-Issues-Paper-Registrant-Policy-January-2018.pdf


    Lastly is auDA about to make exactly the same mistake again with .AU? When .AU fails in the marketplace will auDA then spend its time trying to sell the unsellable just like they did with .net.au and .id.au? Are we facing another Nominet situation?

    auDA let's have the courage to scrap what is a bad idea rather than just plowing ahead "because it would embarrassing to turn back". That is what I am hearing from auDA, that people inside auDA now see no benefit at all in direct registrations any more. They now use the word "neutral" and they only keep plowing ahead because they see that as easier than the embarrassment of admitting it was a bad idea.
     
  2. Bacon Farmer

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    I think Rhythm just had a heart attack.
     
  3. DnEbook

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    I wonder how many .net.au's are currently registered? I think they are handy for "JoePlumber" and other small business's
     
  4. snoopy

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    Ausregistry publishes this data. They've been in decline for some time.

    Agree there is some usage but it is a shoddy product that shouldn't be offered in my view, ditto for .id.au.
     
  5. DnEbook

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    I do see many tradies using them, better than Facebook!
     
  6. snoopy

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    They'd just get the best .com.au otherwise. They are probably getting no advice hence some going with a .net.au.
     
  7. chris

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    Interesting idea. Are there any examples of any ccTLD extensions being closed overseas?
     
  8. snoopy

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    Lots of Australian ones, .oz.au for example (still in use but sunsetted). See image below for other .au extensions which have been sunsetted or closed. There is others around in different country codes but I'd have to dig for the info. I remember talk of sunsetting the whole of .su not so long ago.

    Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.43.45 pm.png

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.au#Other_Australian_domain_names
     
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  9. snoopy

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    Actually I think it was .yu rather than .su, it was completely deleted rather than sunsetted,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.yu

    Given the current usage of .net.au and the costs to registrants to shift sites I think .net.au should simply be sunsetted to prevent new registrations.
     
  10. Horshack

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    Why not just sunset .net.au and let the .net.au holders have the corresponding .au names.
     
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  11. helloworld

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    So what’s the proposal - Stop future registrations or move everyone off them?
     
  12. snoopy

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    Would pretty much ensure .au fails. Bob's fish shop won't even set up the name.
     
  13. snoopy

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    The are asking for opinions on this. There isn't any concrete proposal.
     
  14. DnEbook

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    Had to laugh after your post I jumped on the bus and spotted a .net.au and a .melbourne
     
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    Throw in a .tv and you've got the trifecta. :D
     
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    I even spotted a .Fr in Collingwood the other week
     
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  17. snoopy

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    Lots of French restaurants there, it is a yuppy area now.
     
  18. DnEbook

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    That's what I say to all the Aboriginals asking for money
     
  19. DnEbook

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    Just to clarify that was not a racist statement, just an observation of what I see in Smith Street Collingwood, however had it been Fitzroy (hipster central) I would tend to agree a whole lot more
     
  20. DnEbook

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    Well the spotted the car with the .Fr url /////// Kiffy.Fr is not exactly a French Restaurant. However you could ride it to one.