[LINK] Democrats launch anti-filtering site

David Lochrin dlochrin at d2.net.au
Thu May 21 18:21:50 EST 2009


On Wednesday 20 May 2009 17:41, Stilgherrian wrote:
> This is perhaps my question. Is it "wrong" to use a .com instead of, 
> say, .au? Does anyone actually care about this, apart from folks 
> old enough (including me) to remember when this WAS a big deal?
> 
> I don't know that sticking to 20-year-old guidelines for what domains  
> were used for what really matters any more.

I find it quite annoying too, I must say!  And I fail to see why the age of the guidelines, per se, is relevant.

Registering an organisation in the .com domain carries a strong odour of cultural cringe.  In most cases it's probably due to the individuals responsible for setting up the domain rather than the organisation as a whole but the organisation wears it.

> What DOES matter is people having an easy-to-remember or 
> easy-to-type address.

Having to remember whether an Australian company or organisation is in .au or .com is a pain.  This is sometimes very relevant, for example when searching for local suppliers of a product or a source of information relevant to Australia.  I usually search in .au and any organisation only registered in .com misses out - tough.

David


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